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Green Goes Mainstream: Tennesseans Tell EPA #ActOnClimate

The weekend before a busload of Tennesseans headed to a historic Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Atlanta, their rural East Tennessee neighbors endured a tornado with 140-mile-per-hour winds that damaged or destroyed around a dozen homes. Thankfully there were no reports of injuries, despite high winds, hail and dangerous lightning.  Our special Flour Sack Mama […]

Continue Reading By on July 30, 2014 in climate change, environment, health, South

Little Rock River Market District

Where can you visit a real submarine, ride a trolley car, catch an outdoor concert and shop the world? In downtown Little Rock’s River Market district!  Take your pick of lunch choices inside the River Market that anchors a busy downtown.  Shop the farmers’ market.  Or explore several shopping and entertainment choices. Ample parking is […]

Continue Reading By on July 11, 2014 in family, shopping, South, travel

Historic Marker Honors African American Band Leader

Back in the day, you hadn’t seen a proper parade in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee until you’d seen the sharply dressed band leader and his proud students who were typically at the end of the line. “The band looked good, the band looked sharp!” described Daniel Brown, remembering the days of St. Clair Cobb. Knox County […]

Continue Reading By on January 20, 2014 in civil rights, education, South, Uncategorized

Christian Mission Brings Farmers and Residents Together

Rainy Saturdy Morning at Brainerd Farmers’ Market Just across the street from a typical grocery store and strip mall, in a modest Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood, the parking lot is bustling with people at the Brainerd Farmers’ Market.  A rain shower has scattered the usual Saturday morning crowd, and some vendors are packing up.  They’ve brought […]

Continue Reading By on May 21, 2013 in agriculture, community, eating better, education, faith, farm, garden, green, nutrition, organic, South, sustainable

Gourd Art for Kids

Our entire family enjoyed our recent visit with the gourd art enthusiasts in Effington County, Georgia.  The girls ran off some energy in the wide open spaces at Turkey Branch Gourds farm.  C.L. and Willene Arnsdorff sent them home with one professonally painted apple motif gourd birdhouse, plus two cleanly scrubbed gourds ready for painting. […]

Continue Reading By on June 4, 2011 in art, crafts, farm, garden, gourds, grow, Scrappy Sprouts, South

Gourd Growing & Precautions

Scrubbed gourd on left, moldy dried gourd on right If you’re thinking of trying a natural approach to arts and crafts like gourd art, you should know that natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe or simple. You should educate yourself, consider taking a class, and use safety precautions.  Here are tips on gourd growing and precautions. […]

Continue Reading By on June 3, 2011 in art, crafts, farm, garden, gourds, grow, South

Gourd History & Utility

Arts and crafts don’t get much more homegrown than gourds, picked from a local farmer’s field, or grown in your own backyard garden. When I had the opportunity to visit gourd artist and instructor Charlotte Durrence, she told me that archaeological evidence shows gourds have been around for at least 5,000 years. Durrence notes that […]

Continue Reading By on June 2, 2011 in art, crafts, farm, garden, grow, South, sustainable