Solstice at The Farm, Dec. 21

Annual Solstice Celebration, Dec. 21, 6:00, The Farm

Join the drumming, potlucking, and bonfire-ing as we gather together to greet and enjoy the changing season at Jesse Wimberley's Farm in West End!

As You Upgrade This Season . . .

Here at Raven's Wing Healing Center we're celebrating our Buy Nothing/Do Something Christmas.  And we're adding another massage/Reiki room!  We're looking for a few items in order to enhance our center and are willing to barter our services.
  • small CD player
  • area rug no larger than 10'
  • skinny table or small bookshelf
  • low stool
  • floor lamp
  • clock
Call Carley at 603 3403 or Maureen at 910 730 0480  Thanks!  Merry Season!


Open House/B-day Bash at Raven's Wing, Nov. 13


Help us celebrate the 100th birthday of the house at
Farm Up The Street, 345 N Page St!
Tour the house and farm, enjoy snacks and drinks.

Find wonderful Christmas gifts from local artists and craftspeople next-door at
Raven's Wing Healing Center, 325 N Page St,
where massage therapist Carley Sutton makes her chemical-free bath and beauty products,
normally available downtown on Saturdays during Farmers Mkt season.

How about a gift certificate for massage for Christmas!

And come meet other folks who frequent Raven's Wing!  Yoga teachers and students,
meditators, potluckers, documentary viewers, drummers, urban farmers, goat cheese makers,
massage therapists, Farm2Table enthusiasts . . . .

Saturday, November 13th, 1-5 pm. Hope to see you here!


Important TED Talks: Prosperity Without Growth and KIVA.org

Friday, November 5th - Two TED Talks
Raven's Wing, 325 N Page St, SP

"Economics and Sustainability"
featuring the author of "Prosperity without Growth" and the founder of Kiva.org

Film starts at 7:00 pm    Discussion to follow.
A suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated!
(Arrive around 6:15 for potluck between meditation and film.)


Regional Sustainability Symposium NOV. 10, Pinehurst Resort

Regional Sustainability Symposium   November 10  Pinehurst Resort  9 am - 3 pm

Morning Keynote Speaker: Mr. Henry McKoy, Assistant Secretary for Community Development for the NC Department of Commerce

Mr. McKoy will explain what it means to bring sustainability “to life” and how the economy, the community and the built/developed environment can work together to promote sustainability in the broadest sense.

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Mr. Addison (Tad) D. Davis, Command Executive Officer & Director of Services and Infrastructure Core Enterprise for US Army Reserve

Mr. Davis will discuss Army sustainability. As the Garrison Commander at Fort Bragg who founded their award-wining sustainability initiative, and through his years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, Mr. Davis has a unique perspective to share about the importance of regional partnerships to advance the cause of both Army and Community sustainability.

Symposium agenda includes sessions on:

 How to attract the new “green consumer” and how to incorporate sustainable practices into your business.

 Why the Green Schools program, green space, and park systems are so important for children and communities.

 Tax incentives, credits and rebates for the use of solar power, wind power and natural gas, and how to make a business case for installing such technologies.

 Successes shared and lessons learned from a local food cooperative at the close of their first year in operation, and how citizens and farmers came together to bring fresh local food to hundreds.

 How to add layers of sustainability to your home with the use of native plants, xeriscaping, shade trees and more.

 An afternoon “Growth Quality” track that includes an interactive visual preference and assessment exercise that will inform Sandhills communities about the types of development and conservation their residents prefer in the future.

Learn more at www.sustainablesandhills.org


Oct. 28, SOS hosts SALT's Candace Williams



On October 28, Save Our Sandhills will host Candace Williams, Executive Director of the Sandhills Area Land Trust (SALT) to discuss “The Best Kept Secrets in the Sandhills: The Work of the Sandhills Area Land Trust – Past, Present, and Future.” North Carolina’s 25 land trusts have protected over 309,000 acres of natural lands across the state. And SALT, our local land trust based in Fayetteville and Southern Pines, has recently been credited with protecting more than 10,000 acres of land in the Sandhills region. This is a tremendous accomplishment!

With burgeoning development in the Sandhills, slowed only by a faltering economy, SALT’s efforts are essential to preserving open space. Since 1991, it has been targeting prime pieces to preserve in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland counties. These pieces are primarily working forests, farmlands, riparian buffers, and significant natural areas. While its first few years of existence involved setting up a solid infrastructure, its past 10 years have brought in the majority of acreage under SALT’s stewardship. It has evolved from a volunteer-run organization to a professionally recognized organization which operates under the standards and practices of the Land Trust Alliance, the national support organization for land trusts nationwide. Its accomplishments have been wide-reaching: 1. Protecting water quality and drinking water supplies in the Drowning Creek, Little River, McLendons Creek, and Cape Fear River areas, 2. Preserving numerous working farms, 3. Preserving historic and cultural lands, including the Averasboro Civil War Battlefield, Pottery Road, and Rhodes Pond, 4. Preserving Horse Country land, and 5. Securing Military Training Lands; some sizeable projects are planned for the future.

Candace Williams, a native of the Sandhills, has worked for twenty-five years in New England. She is a conservation biologist and has a Master's Degree in that discipline from Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire. She has worked and studied in many parts of the world such as the Arctic Circle, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Trinidad, Tobago, Chile, and Baja. Most recently, she traveled to Cuba where she was part of a research team contributing to a long-term baseline study on the 24 endemic avian species in Cuba identifying their habitats for future protection efforts. The focus of her work has been endangered species and habitat protection.

Williams returned to North Carolina in 1999 to work as one of the state sea turtle biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Her work prior to returning to N.C. was with the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Coastal Waterbird Program in charge of all the coastal nesting bird colonies along the South Shore of Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; the Manomet Center for Conservation Science as an avian researcher; and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. She was also part of the working team that authored the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, a model for other countries around the world.

Since 2001, Williams has worked for the Sandhills Area Land Trust first as Associate Director of the organization in charge of Land Protection. In October 2009, she became the Executive Director. She has been instrumental in protecting over half of the 10,000 acres of land protected by the organization in the Sandhills.

Candace Williams' most recent honors are very impressive. She was the recipient of the 2006 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award as the Land Conservationist of the Year -- the State’s highest natural resource honor; and she was the recipient of the National Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution – Woman in American History Award – for her contribution to conservation.
Join us; refreshments will be served. Thursday, October 28 at 7 PM in the Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Ashe Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. All are welcome.


Even more ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, Oct. 26

North Carolinians recycle 85.4 pounds of materials a second. That's impressive! But we throw away more than 752 pounds of trash a second - almost nine times what we recycle.

Join Sustainable Sandhills to learn even more ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle!!

Sustainable Sandhills, Cumberland County

Community Action Team Meeting  Tuesday, October 26th, 2010  6:30-8:00PM
Pate Room, Headquarters Library

Join Sustainable Sandhills for our October Cumberland County Community Action Team Meeting and participate and a mini-workshop about waste reduction. Through interactive activities and discussion, we'll share tips for reducing our waste stream and making better consumer choices. We'll also learn just how much material has been recycled and how much landfill space has been saved through the City of Fayetteville's Curbside Recycling Program!!! Sustainable Sandhills is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving the natural resources of the eight county region surrounding Fort Bragg, NC. Through education, demonstration, and collaboration, we are changing the ways we live, work, and play. Even the smallest effort makes a difference; visit www.sustainablesandhills.org to learn more.


Help Elect Environmental Protectors

According to a survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research earlier this year, only 1% of Tar Heel voters cited the environment and climate change as the most important issues facing the country today—falling below “Other” and “Not Sure.” But to maintain North Carolina’s high quality of life and to continue growing our state’s economy, we must protect the air, water, and natural resources that make North Carolina special. This is why we need now more than ever to elect candidates who will make the environment a political priority.
In the 2008 elections, CCNC helped elect 71 of the 73 candidates we endorsed. These same elected officials did the job by ensuring a pro-conservation outcome for 10 of the 12 environmental bills Conservation Council worked on during the last legislative session. Please take a look at our 2010 Legislative Scorecard at http://www.conservationcouncilnc.org/  for a complete record of the key issues scored and how your representative voted on each.

We need your help once again this year. Your vote for our endorsed, pro-conservation candidates listed below and a gift to the Conservation PAC are two of the most important things you can do to help protect North Carolina’s environment, the health of our communities, and our economy.

With the General Election right around the corner, your contribution today will help us change the way environmental decisions are made in North Carolina. Your gift of $50, $100, $250 or $1,000 will make a huge impact, but gifts of any amount are appreciated.

Please help us elect leaders who stand up for conservation and successfully ensure a pro-environment majority in the NC General Assembly. Together, we will pass strong environmental policies for North Carolina.

Sincerely,  Carrie Clark, Executive Director

P.S. Anti-environmental interests are spending more money in this election than ever before. Help us level the playing field by making your gift to the Conservation PAC today!
Remember early voting starts today October 14 and continues through October 30. You can find your early voter site at ncvoterinfo.org/

2010 Conservation PAC General Election Endorsements

North Carolina State Senate Races

District 1 – Sen. Marc Basnight, D-Dare

District 2 –Barbara Garrity-Blake, D-Craven

District 7 – Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin

District 9 – Jim Leutze, D-New Hanover

District 12 – Jody McCloud, D-Johnston

District 15 – Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake

District 16 – Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake

District 17 – Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake

District 18 – Sen. Bob Atwater, D-Chatham

District 19 – Sen. Margaret Dickson, D-Cumberland

District 21 – Eric Mansfield, D-Cumberland

District 23 – Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange

District 27 – Sen. Don Vaughan, D-Guilford

District 28 – Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford

District 36 – Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus

District 37 – Sen. Dan Clodfelter, D-Meck.

District 40 – Sen. Malcolm Graham, D-Meck.

District 44 – Beth Jones D-Burke

District 45 – Sen. Steve Goss, D-Watauga

District 49 – Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe

North Carolina State House Races

District 3 – Rep. Alice Underhill, D-Craven

District 5 – Rep. Annie Mobley, D-Bertie

District 7 – Rep. Angela Bryant, D-Halifax

District 9 – Rep. Marion McLawhorn, D-Pitt

District 16 – Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-New Hanover

District 19 – Rep. Danny McComas, R-New Hanover

District 20 – Rep. Dewey Hill, D-Columbus

District 21 – Rep. Larry Bell, D-Sampson

District 23 – Rep. Joe Tolson, D-Edgcombe

District 24 – Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson

District 29 – Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham

District 30 – Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham

District 33 – Rep. Rosa Gill, D-Wake

District 34 – Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake

District 35 – Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake

District 36 – Robin Anderson, D-Wake

District 37 – Debra McHenry, D-Wake

District 38 – Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake

District 40 – Violet Rhinehart, D-Wake

District 41 – Rep. Chris Heagarty, D-Wake

District 44 – Rep. Diane Parfitt, D-Cumberland

District 45 – Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland

District 50 – Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange

District 54 – Rep. Joe Hackney, D-Orange

District 55 – Rep. Winkie Wilkins, D-Person

District 56 – Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange

District 57 – Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford

District 58 – Rep. Alma Adams, D-Guilford

District 63 – Rep. Alice Bordsen, D-Alamance

District 81 – Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson

District 85 – Beth Ostgaard, D-McDowell

District 93 – Rep. Cullie Tarleton, D-Ashe

District 99 – Rodney Moore, D-Meck.

District 100 – Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Meck.

District 102 – Rep. Becky Carney, D-Meck.

District 103 – Ann Newman, D-Meck.

District 104 – Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Meck.

District 106 – Rep. Martha Alexander, D-Meck.

District 107 – Rep. Kelly Alexander, D-Meck.

District 114 – Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe

District 115 – Patsy Keever, D-Buncombe

District 117 – Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson

District 118 – Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Madison

District 119 – Rep. Phil Haire, D-Jackson


Scott Ainslie, Jazz, Tonight 8:00, Red Springs!

Blues Guitarist Ainslie, Red Springs, Oct. 8

Red Springs Middle School   8:00

Friday, October 8th a very wonderful blues guitarist will be performing in Red Springs. Scott Ainslie is a great performer and advocate for social justice, and also an historian and performer of the music of Robert Johnson and the African American roots of American jazz and blues. Ticket prices are heavily subsidized by Red Springs Arts Council, so don't let that fool you. You can hear and learn more about Scott at his website: http:// cattailmusic.com/

Shaw House Vintage Collectible and Antiques Fair

SATURDAY, October 9, 9 - 3:00
Shaw House Vintage Collectible and Antiques Fair
Shaw House, Southern Pines, NC, corner Morganton Road and Broad Street

No Admission Charge

Bring the whole family to the second annual Shaw House Fair of vintage collectibles and antiques on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9-3. The historic Shaw House, office for the Moore County Historical Association, is the scene for the outdoor vendors' sites.

Admission is free and tours of the 1820s Shaw House and cabins on the property dating back to the 1700s will be conducted. There will be a silent auction, also demonstrations of weaving and colonial domestic skills demonstrated by Gail Frazer, plus live foot-tapping music by Clyde Maness and his friends, all day long from the porch of the Garner House.

Enjoy a lunch of hot dogs and all the trimmings made by Friends of the Bryant House. Raffle tickets are also available for $5 each for a drawing in December for a 42-inch Sony television set, proceeds to the Bryant House restoration.

The gift and book shop will be open, featuring items of local interest including MCHA famous old-fashioned hand-milled soaps.

Proceeds will help the historical association maintain and restore the five historic house museums it owns, used to demonstrate to the general public how early settlers of Moore County lived.


Salatin's Polyface Farm, Oct. 20


Swoope, Virginia,  Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 1-3 PM

Here’s an opportunity to visit and tour Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Polyface Farm is the home of Joel Salatin, the inspirational grass farmer featured in the movie FRESH. This planned visit has grown out of a sustainable agriculture discussion group held for the last four weeks at United Church of Chapel Hill. The participants in our discussion group are interested in local food production and agricultural sustainability issues. Therefore, we have scheduled a tour of Polyface Farm which is open to anyone and we invite you to join us. Here are the details:

1. This trip is open to anyone. Please share this information with anyone you wish.

2. Salatins can easily receive groups of any size. There is no limit to the number of people we can take.

3. We will be given a formal two-hour tour of the most interesting features of the farm: grass-fed beef, laying hens following the cattle, pastured poultry (meat chickens and turkeys), pastured pigs, and more. The tour will be led by Matt Rales, their official farm tour guide: 1 PM to 3 PM, Wednesday, October 20. I suggest we try to get there at least an hour early (two hours would be better) so we can look around a bit before the tour. They have an open-farm policy and I can show you quite a bit of the place myself.

4. It's approximately a five-hour drive one-way from Chapel Hill. We plan to carpool.

a. Tour fee – We will divide the flat-rate $250 tour fee among everyone who attends. The more people who go, the lower the cost per person will be. We’d love to have 25 people (or more) and get the cost down to $10 per person (or less).
b. Shared carpool expenses.
c. Lodging for any nights you choose to spend on this trip. Some people plan to drive up the day before and spend the night of October 19th. There are several moderately-priced motels ($50 to $80 per room per night) in the Staunton, VA, area near the intersection of I-81 and I-64. Share a room or not; that would be up to you. Polyface Farm is about 15 miles south of Staunton. Other folks plan to drive up and back all in the same day; they would not have any lodging costs.
d. Meals are on your own.
e. The cost of any other attraction you might visit along the way.

To sign up for the tour or to get more information please contact:  Skip Polson
Email: skippolson@nc.rr.com    Phone: 919-889-4404


Blues Guitarist Ainslie, Red Springs, Oct. 8

Dear Friends,

Friday, October 8th a very wonderful blues guitarist will be performing in Red Springs. Scott Ainslie is a great performer and advocate for social justice, and also an historian and performer of the music of Robert Johnson and the African American roots of American jazz and blues. Ticket prices are heavily subsidized so don't let that fool you. You can hear and learn more about Scott at his website: http:// cattailmusic.com/

Please help us publicize this event so we can have a good audience to welcome this fine musician. Feel free to forward this message to others. And feel free to call me for more details if you have any questions.
John and the Red Springs Arts Council

You can find more information about this performer at:


Pickin' on the Porch, Oct. 7, Fundraiser for Sustainble Sandhills!

Pickin' on the Porch is just one week away!

We hope you can join us at our historic home in Grays Creek next Thursday, October 7 for a casual evening of good food and fun to benefit Sustainable Sandhills!   The old farmhouse and fields date back to the 1840s, and we'll tune up our instruments, light a bonfire, and coax a few of the old family ghosts out to join us on the porch!

The Board and Staff of Sustainable Sandhills will serve you a delicious meal of barbeque, chicken, sides and desserts while The Parsons—and a handful of special guests—entertain you from the porch. Guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, accordion, storytelling and singing are a part of the bargain, and all proceeds go to this great organization, Sustainable Sandhills!
Food and drinks will be ready at 5:30pm, and Fayetteville's "Best Local Musician 2010" Chris Hurst will kick off the music at 6:00pm.
Those who attended Pickin’ on the Porch last year know what a great time is in store—so don’t miss it!

Purchase your tickets today:
Online at www.sustainablesandhills.org with a credit card or PayPal account.

Over the phone – call our office 910.484.9098 and we’ll take your credit card info or tell you where to mail your check.

Stop by our office at 215-B Williams Street (Moore Exposure Building), Fayetteville, NC 28301 and we can take care of your order in person!

Please contact us at 910.484.9098 or email info@sustainablesandhills.org if you have any questions or need further information.
We can’t wait to see you there! Jon & Caroline Parsons


Harvest Dinner, Sept. 30, SCC

Fall Harvest Progressive Dinner In The Garden - September 30th (rain date Oct. 1st) 5:30pm. Dinner, wine, music and art in the beautiful gardens of Sandhills Community College. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Landscape Gardening, Culinary, Music and Art departments of Sandhills Community College. Horticultural Society members $55.00 / non-members $60.00. Seating is limited. Contact Tricia Mabe for a reservation at 695-3882.

The Sandhills Horticultural Society is planning a Fall Dinner in the Horticultural Gardens of Sandhills Community College. They have teamed up with the Landscaping, Culinary, Art, and Music departments to host the event. The Culinary Department will prepare and serve dinner and wine. Music will be played during the evening by the Music Department and the Art Department is designing handout menus and doing the decorations. The Landscape Gardening Department will be preparing the gardens and making arrangements for the particulars of the event.


Must Watch Video re: Slow Food, Terra Madre Conference

And Sandhills Farm2Table reps will be there in October, very exciting!  Let's help them when they bring those excellent ideas and motivations back home.  Slow Food for all, sustainable farming methods for all, cleaner air and water for all, community-building for all!  Congratulations to Jan and Fenton, buen viaje, Amigos!


Local Non-profits, Moore County and Beyond

The Moore County Historical Association will have a non-profits display table during its Shaw House Vintage Colletible and Antiques Fair, Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 am - 3 pm.

If you would like for us to display your info and/or brochures about your organization, please let me know by Oct. 5th.  Thanks! and I hope to hear from you!

suttonmaureen@hotmail.com  or  730 0480


THIRST in Fayetteville, Sept. 14, 6:30

Is water part of a shared "commons" - a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace?
Sustainable Sandhills' Cumberland County Sustainable Film Series
Join us TODAY, Sept. 14   for    Thirst
September 14th, 2010, 6:30-8:30 PM
Pate Room, Headquarters Library
300 Maiden Lane, Downtown Fayetteville
Sustainable Sandhills is partnering with the Cumberland County Headquarters Library for a FREE screening of Thirst.


Backyard Chicken Care, CCCC, Oct. 16


Instructor: Judy Hogan, Hoganvillaea Farm, Moncure
October 16, Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM. CCCC, Sanford, Civic Center
Farmer Hogan will introduce students to backyard or urban chicken care: appropriate facilities, chick care, nutrition, litter management, laying, egg sales, and killing as needed.
With limited space and experience, plus a sense of humor, raise a small flock of happy chickens. Hogan shares her learning curve on basics, chicks to healthy eggs and meat. Topics include: Everything wants to eat chickens, Spoiling your chickens and why, Outwitting your not so dumb chickens.
Students will gain confidence in starting and maintaining their own small backyard chicken flock, have a handle on potential problems, solutions, and additional resources.

Judy Hogan of Hoganvillaea Farm is a sustainable farmer whose main goal is self-sufficiency and growing her own food. She began raising White Rock chickens in 2003, and she sells extra eggs, vegetables, fruit, herbs to restaurants and individuals. She’s a member of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. A published poet, free-lance writer, and creative writing teacher, she writes for Chatham County Line and lives in Moncure.

For more information: Judy Hogan, (919) 545-9932
Cindy Horrell Ramsey, Lee County Continuing Education, CCCC. (919)775-2122, x7790


Wise Use of Money, Keep It Local


It's Debt, It's Jobs



Discuss Renewables, Aug. 19, 7:00, Pinehurst

You are cordially invited to a free discussion:

Director and Chief Policy Analyst North Carolina Solar Center, NC State University
Kalland was recently featured on NPR’s “The State of Things” with Frank Stasio

895 Linden Road - Pinehurst (across from “Elliott's” Restaurant)
Phone: (910) 295-2243)


Fall Subscriptions for Farm2Table Coop

Sandhills Farm to Table is now offering Fall Subscriptions.
This will be an 8 week season beginning September 8/9 and running through October 27/28.
Local produce:  lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, winter squash, onions, peppers, peaches, collards, kale, apples, sweet potatoes, chard, pecans, salsas, jams, honey, juices.
Box sizes are Standard for $21 and Family for $38. Delivery frequency is either weekly or every other week.
Available only to members.  go to SandhillsFarm2Table.com and sign up.



Angry Moms at SCC July 22, 6:30

“We are facing an obesity epidemic. This generation will be the first in the nations’ history to live shorter lives than those of their parents.” - Centers for Disease Control

Sustainable Sandhills Presents “Two Angry Moms”
Thursday, July 22nd 6:30-8:00 PM

Dempsey Student Center Sandhills Community College
Two Angry Moms shows not only what is wrong with school food; it offers strategies for overcoming roadblocks and getting healthy, good tasting, real food into school cafeterias. The movie explores the roles the federal government, corporate interests, school administration and parents play in feeding our country’s school kids. See what happens when fed-up moms start a grass-roots revolution!

Please stay after the film for a panel discussion with local school food experts.


SOS, July 29, Ft. Bragg's Environmental Stance, Sou. Pines


On July 29, Save Our Sandhills will host Alan Schultz to speak about Fort Bragg’s commitment to conservation and wildlife management. Fort Bragg, initially constructed in 1918 in order to fulfill an essential role in our national security, has also evolved into an outstanding natural resource for the North Carolina Sandhills. Fort Bragg’s and Camp Mackall’s 160,000 acres (they are managed as one) comprise only a fraction of the nation’s Department of Defense lands. Nevertheless, the Fort’s forest managers began a visionary program decades ago that has had profound implications for research involving the health of the longleaf pine ecosystem with its unique wildlife habitat.

Alan Schultz, currently Chief of the Fort Bragg Wildlife Branch, leads teams of biologists, conservation officers, and public use specialists as they collaborate with others to enhance and protect the Sandhills natural resources. Schultz’ academic training is in Wildlife Ecology and Management, and his career spans over 27 years in the southeast with specializations in wildlife ecology and management, ornithology, forestry, and public natural resource regulation and usage.

In all, Schultz’ varied experiences make him comfortable in addressing the issue of multiple land use in conservation. Fort Bragg’s multiple land use incorporates the following into a single management strategy: military training, conservation, forest products, prescribed fire, and the public use of natural resources. Some of this strategy evolved as a by-product of experience. For example, military training exercises occasionally produced small fires, and these fires mimicked the natural lightning strikes common in the Sandhills. This fire was found to be essential to both the flora and the fauna of the longleaf pine ecosystem.
Because of Fort Bragg’s focus on conservation management and its immense amount of acreage, it not only serves as an ecological laboratory, but also as a showcase for diverse habitats and their resultant diversity of species. Its combination of natural resource managers and military trainers working together helps humans, plants, and wildlife benefit from a unique symbiotic relationship.
Join us for an informative and interesting evening; refreshments will be served.  Thursday, July 29 at 7 PM in the Southern Pines Civic Club at the corner of Ashe and Pennsylvania.


Big News from CFSA (Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc.)

Local Food to the Rescue: Joel Salatin Comes to North Carolina

by Fred Broadwell

CFSA was honored to host influential farmer and activist Joel Salatin as he visited Pittsboro, NC yesterday. Joel started his day with a brief stop by the CFSA office where staff filled him in on CFSA activities. Roland McReynolds then escorted Joel to Piedmont Biofuels and CFSA member Doug Jones' Biofarm, where Joel learned about Piedmont's biodiesel production and Doug Jones' season extension and variety trials work.
At 4 PM, a group of fifty CFSA farmer members and friends gathered at Cohen Farm for a CFSA member exclusive pasture walk with Joel. Cohen Farm, owned by CFSA members Murray and Esta Cohen, is a longstanding organic farm with 40 head of beef cattle, pastured hogs, heritage chickens and organic hay production. While standing in the middle of a gorgeous pasture, Joel enthralled the crowd with his provocative discussion of farm management, using the Cohen's farm as a case study. Joel described in detail his mob grazing techniques, putting 350 beef cattle in a small area with four foot tall grasses and moving them daily, on a six month rotation. "My neighbors think I'm nuts! But it works." Joel believes that the mob grazing forces the cows back into their natural behaviors -- they eat more aggressively lest their neighbor eats a plant first. "The cows don't just eat the ice cream and ignore the spinach." To Joel's pleasure, this has been leading to better plant biodiversity in the fields.
Following the herd, he deploys two chicken tractors with 800 birds each, commenting that it takes just as much time to handle a large flock as a small one. "We need to build in efficiencies on the farm." At a minimum, he recommends one chicken per cow to complete the mob gazing system.
When asked about liming and seeding, he said that he had never sown a seed or put out lime in thirty years. He said that proper grazing and letting the grass grow tall will build soft and rich soil; management is the key problem, not the soil ph. He's not opposed to some soil amendments and does purchase greensand, but doesn't see that as the place to start. Joel talked extensively about fencing and preferred to buy or lease land with no fencing in place since so often it is in the wrong place. "No straight fences!" he extolled. "Let the fencing follow natural pathways and good access points."
When the discussion moved to water, Joel suggested investing money in ponds and building them deeper and bigger to make a farm more drought tolerant. "We are stewards of the land and it is our duty to honor the land by making it resilient. Water is critical."
When asked about shade, Joel extolled the virtues of portable shade devices and described his equipment, joyrigged from old wagon chassis, piping and shade cloth. His equipment is made to withstand strong winds, which is important. One of his devices, he said, can provide shade for up to 100 head of cattle.
What about predators getting his chickens? For flock protection from ground predators, Joel strongly suggested well-trained guard dogs, whether exotic breeds or mutts. "Start them young." For aerial predators, he likes having a goose -- just one goose per flock has worked for him.
After the pasture walk on Wednesday evening, Joel spoke about food issues to an overflow crowd of 300 at Central Carolina Community College. He complimented the college on its sustainable farming program and new Natural Chef program (cosponsors of his visit.) Joel then gave an engaging hour-long talk on the perils of our industrial food system and how it is affecting our health, our communities and our rural landscape. When asked whether sustainable farming could feed the world, he brought up the events of the 1940s. Just when composting and a profound biological view of farming was emerging, World War II hit with its massive investment in bomb-making. Chemical fertilizers, cousins of bomb-making materials, received a massive subsidy from the government. It is just now that biological farming is finally catching up!
CFSA thanks Joel for visiting the Carolinas and appreciates the support of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, CCCC and an anonymous donor for making his visit possible. We also want to thank the Cohens for opening up their farm and Angelina's Kitchen for refreshments.


Joel Salatin Tonite, Jun 30, CCCC

Joel Salatin: "Local Food to the Rescue"

Free public lecture Wed. June 30th, 7 PM
Central Carolina Community College, Building 2
764 West Street, Pittsboro

Before the lecture, tour the CCCC Student Farm with Joel -- 5:30 - 6:30
Refreshments -- 6:30 - 7:00
Sponsored by CCCC Sustainable Ag program, CCCC Natural Chef program, Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc. and the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
Info at www.cccc.edu and www.polyfacefarms.com


Berkeley schools serve Epic Chicken | Cafeteria Confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens | Grist

No more nuggets: Berkeley schools serve Epic Chicken Cafeteria Confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens Grist: "The Tyson nuggets are really extrusions and amalgamations of all sorts of chicken scraps, seasoned with a dose of salt and chemical additives. Factory machines shape the mix into kid-size mouthfuls that are breaded and baked assembly-line style, then frozen and shipped hundreds of miles to school kitchens. Low-skilled workers pour the frozen nuggets out of plastic bags onto sheet pans and quickly reheat them. A few minutes in a 350-degree oven is all it takes before the factory nuggets are ready to be displayed on the food service line where hungry kids scoop them up."
[How do we dare to feed much stuff to children?]

'Sandhills Farm to Table's May 19/20 News and Recipes'

'Sandhills Farm to Table's May 19/20 News and Recipes'


April Fools Tonite, Aberdeen Cafe, 6:00

The April Fools will play from 6-8 tonight at the Aberdeen Cafe.  Come on down to hear the music and enjoy fish night at the Cafe.



Sustainable Sandhills Film, SCC, July 22

Thursday, July 22, 2010   6:30pm - 8:00pm Location: Sandhills Community College, Dempsey Student Center, Clement Dining Room

Two Angry Moms
Amy Kalafa was stewing for years, packing her kids lunches from home and trying to get her community to pay attention to what kids are eating in school. When news of a national child health crisis began making headlines, Amy, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, decided to take the fight to film. Two Angry Moms is Amy's quest to learn what she and other parents need to know and do to get better food in their kids' schools.
Susan Rubin had been trying for a decade to work with her district on improving school food, earning herself a reputation as a rabble-rouser with a "macrobiotic agenda" (NOT!). She's even been banned from her children's' school cafeteria! In the meantime, legions of kids continue to make a daily lunch out of neon green slushies, greasy fries and supersize cookies, imperiling not only their long-term health but also their ability to learn. Exasperated, Susan decided to reach beyond her school district, and founded Better School Food, her own grassroots organization.
Part exposé, part "how-to", Amy chronicles the efforts of Susan and other leaders in the fledgling better school food movement as they take on the system nationwide. From Chefs Alice Waters and Ann Cooper reinventing school food in Berkley California to Chef Tony Geraci's student designed meals in New Hampshire, Amy discovers programs that connect the cafeteria with the classroom and connect our kids with the earth. Over the course of a school year, we see Susan's coalition drive dramatic changes in one Westchester, NY school district.
Two Angry Moms shows not only on what is wrong with school food; it offers strategies for overcoming roadblocks and getting healthy, good tasting, real food into school cafeterias. The movie explores the roles the federal government, corporate interests, school administration and parents play in feeding our country's school kids.
See what happens when fed-up moms start a grass-roots revolution!


It's the Dirt, Y'all!

Moore County Sustainable Film Series

Join us for "Dirt! The Movie"
May 13th, 2010   6:30-8:00 PM
Clement Dining Room, Dempsey Student Center
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC
Join us for a FREE screening of Dirt! The Movie.
DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.


Half Day of Mindfulness, Red Springs, Apr 25

Being Okay with Uncertainty and Releasing Turmoil and Fear

Michael Ciborski’s
relaxed and light-hearted presence conveys joy and peace to all who have the opportunity to study with him.
His knowledge and practice grew from the rich soil of Plum Village, France, where he spent nearly ten years, both as a lay practitioner and as a monastic. Michael lived and worked intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support, and offer meditation retreats around the world. Thich Nhat Hanh named him a Dharma Teacher in 2001. Michael returned to lay life in 2003.
He is married to Fern Dorresteyn, also a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. They have two children and live in New Hampshire, where they are building a mindfulness practice community for sustainable living called MorningSun.
• Sitting cushion or meditation bench if you wish; chairs and extra cushions will also be available.
• A box lunch for yourself. Assorted teas, water and cookies will be supplied.
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing; no shorts or tank tops, please!
COST: Donation based on ability to give.  Suggested amount: $20
TO REGISTER:  Please call or email if you plan to attend: 910-843-2427


Hemenway in Raleigh, Apr 26, Food Security

On April 26, 2010, Toby Hemenway will give a lecture at 7:00 pm at the NC State University McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Hemenway will talk about "Foodsheds and Footprints: Connecting Cities, Suburbs, and Farms for True Food Security" as part of NCSU's Park Scholarship Speaker Series.

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which for the past six years has been the world's best-selling book on permaculture, a design approach based on ecology for creating sustainable landscapes, homes, communities, and workplaces. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Education at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and a biologist consultant for the Biomimicry Guild. He teaches, consults, and lectures on permaculture and ecological design throughout the US and other countries. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener.

He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is developing sites and resources for urban sustainability. More information about Toby can be found on his website at http://patternliteracy.com/ Register for this free event at http://psss2010tobyhemenway.eventbrite.com/

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent, Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 919.542.8202


Climate Change, Water Wars, Bolivia

* Jim Shultz on "Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia's Challenge to Globalization" * Jim Shultz, founder of the Cochabamba-based Democracy Center, gives a snapshot of Bolivia ahead of the World Peoples' Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth. Ten years ago, Shultz helped expose the role of Bechtel in the privatization of Cochabamba's water supply. Listen/Watch/Readhttp://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/19/jim_shultz_on_dignity_and_defiance

* The Cochabamba Water Wars: Marcela Olivera Reflects on the Tenth Anniversary of the Popular Uprising Against Bechtel and the Privatization of the City's Water Supply * Ten years ago this month, the Bolivian city of Cochabamba was at the center of an epic fight over one of the city's most vital natural resources: its own water. The Water Wars occurred just months after the Battle of Seattle. The uprising against Bechtel on the streets of Cochabamba was seen as the embodiment of the international struggle against corporate globalization. Over the past week, water activists from around the world gathered in Cochabamba to mark the tenth anniversary of the Water Wars. Listen/Watch/Readhttp://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/19/the_cochabamba_water_wars_marcella_olivera

Farm2Table Coop Update, Members' Potluck

Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative Co-op Stats as of 4/16/10
*  830 members
*  556 subscribers
*  474 weekly box deliveries
*  $157,000 subscription sales

Way to go folks. All this and we haven't even started deliveries.
Keep spreading the word. Encourage people to join, even if they don't want to subscribe.
REMINDER: Member Potluck and meeting, next Saturday, April 24th, West End Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m. Over 200 members are already coming. Join us! Please RSVP
Proposed Bylaws
At the Member Potluck, there will be a brief Member meeting to adopt Bylaws and elect Consumer Directors.
Thank you for being an active part of this community adventure.
Wishing you a good day,
The Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative

UNC-TV, Food, Inc, the movie, with discussion, Apr 21

UNC-TV Will Broadcast Views on Food, Inc. at 10:35 PM on April 21

On Wednesday, April 21 at 9:00 p.m. UNC-TV will broadcast Food, Inc., a provocative documentary film about the food industry in the United States. Food, Inc. is being offered as an episode of the PBS series P.O.V. Immediately following the documentary at 10:35 p.m. UNC-TV will broadcast Views on Food, Inc., a thoughtful conversation with representatives of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Poultry Federation and the North Carolina Pork Council moderated by UNC-TV's Rob Holliday.

SOS, Apr.29, Wildlife Friendly Developments Program


On April 29, Save Our Sandhills hosts guest speaker Vann Stancil to discuss the newly created Wildlife Friendly Development Certification program developed through a partnership of the following groups – the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF), the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NC-ASLA). The program offers certification for developments that go above and beyond requirements to ensure that wildlife habitat is protected and impacts on the environment are minimized.

Why this concerted effort of wildlife biologists, conservationists, landscape design professionals, and developers? Over the past 20 years, North Carolina has lost 2.4 million acres of forests and agricultural lands. Realizing that the state’s precious open space has been dwindling for years, North Carolina began a mission on January 1, 1999, to save a million acres from development. Called the Million Acre Initiative, it was unable to achieve its 10-year goal, coming up 350,000 acres short.

In the same ten years, North Carolina lost more acres to development than any other state in the Union.  If the projected population increase of 50% by 2030 is accurate, North Carolina is expected to lose another 2 million acres in the next 30 years.

Given these sobering statistics, Wildlife Friendly Development Certification was created, complementing the green building standards that are becoming a more normal component of building practices in North Carolina. Sustainable practices are critical to our environment. This voluntary program, a smart growth habitat initiative, works with a developer to identify important natural resources on the development site that need protection, and it awards points for using techniques that minimize environmental impacts. Bog turtles, hooded warblers, bobwhite quail, and American shad are as carefully considered as architectural styles and street grids. Prior to construction, developers complete an inventory of conditions on site, including types of wildlife habitat, wetland and stream delineations, and any existing manmade barriers to wildlife movement. These questions get asked:
* Where are possible wildlife corridors?
* How can wildlife passages be provided so that animals can safely navigate roads?
* Where are opportunities to remove invasive vegetation?
* How can wildlife habitat be maximized and impact on species minimized?

Throughout the stages of construction, developments are evaluated using a suite of criteria that offer points for the developer. The developer must earn a sufficient number of points to be certified. Even after construction, the homeowners’ maintenance can affect the status of the certified Wildlife Friendly Development.
Vann Stancil has been a Special Project Coordinator with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. Prior to this, Stancil worked for Progress Energy doing aquatic monitoring work on lakes and rivers associated with its power plants in the Carolinas. He has a B.S. from North Carolina State University in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and an M.S. from Virginia Tech in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.
Join us for an informative, interesting evening; refreshments will be served. Thursday, April 29 at 7 P.M. Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Ashe Street and Pennsylvania.


Schedule, April Fools!

The April Fools Old Time String Band is playing this Weekend!

Join Allen, David, Sherman and Steven at these events:

Friday, April 16, 6-8PM at the Aberdeen Cafe, facing the tracks in Downtown Aberdeen. Come enjoy the music and a fish plate. Help support a small business that is allowing local talent to enjoy performing. CD's will be available.

Saturday, April 17, 10AM-Noon at the Southern Pines Park Green in Downtown Southern Pines. Its the opening day of the Farmer's Market. Come enjoy! Bring a lawn chair and stay awhile. This is also Clenny Creek Day at the Bryant House near Carthage. Spend the morning with us at the park, eat lunch at Sweet Basil's, then take a scenic Moore County drive to the Historic Bryant House.

Sunday, April 18, 4-6PM Join some of the musicians from the April Fools at the Acoustic Music Circle, at McDonalds Chapel Presbyterian Church on Foxfire Rd., 2 miles from Linden Rd. and 1 mile from Hoffman Rd. Musicians and listeners welcome. Refreshments served.

If you would like to be removed from the April Fools Old-Time String Band email list please reply.  Peace to you, Amy McDonald


Sat, Sun Events thru Moore County Historical Assoc.


Clenny Creek Festival
Saturday, April 17, 2010 • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
3361 Mt. Carmel Road, Carthage, NC
No Admission Charge

The kids, mom and dad, granny and gramps, can all have fun at the fifth annual Clenny Creek Day at the historic Bryant House and McLendon Cabin.
There will be vendors with crafts, plants and other gifts for sale, music, homemade food, free tours of the homes plus historic reenactments. Visitors can wander around in the fresh spring weather while listening to authentic Bluegrass music.
There will be other fun events, including antique restored tractors and vintage cars from the 1930s to the 1950s to look at, plus historic interpretations from the Revolutionary War and Civil War era. Plus a great raffle with many items to win that will benefit the preservation of the houses.

For more information about the event, please visit moorehistory.com. To see photos of last year's event visit our Facebook photo album.

The Bryant House and the McLendon Cabin are located at 3361 Mount Carmel Road near the Harris Crossroads west of Carthage, North Carolina. From the traffic circle at Pinehurst, North Carolina, take US 15-­501 north toward Carthage. Drive approximately 3.4 miles and turn left, onto NC 73 West. Drive approximately 3.5 miles and turn right onto Beulah Hill Church Road. The houses are approximately 5.6 miles on the right near the bottom of the hill. Please note, Beulah Hill Church Road changes names to Mount Carmel Road after the second crossroad (Harris Crossroad).

History of the Furniture Industry in North Carolina,
1700 to the Present, Program by Dr. Kenneth Zogry
Sunday, April 18, 2010 • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
First Baptist Church, 200 E. New York Avenue, Southern Pines, NC
No Admission Charge

For much of the second half of the twentieth century, High Point earned the title of “Furniture Capital of the World.” But the furniture industry in the state is actually more than 300 years old, and this illustrated presentation follows that history from the early eighteenth century to the present.
This program presents a fascinating array of diverse styles and traditions, from early hand-made pieces by English and Scots-Irish cabinetmakers along the coastal plains and eastern piedmont, to the Germanic influences found in the western piedmont; and from the rural folk traditions of the mountains and foothills to modern manufacturing in towns such as Hickory, Thomasville, and High Point.
The work of several prominent makers is also presented, including Thomas Day, the free African American furniture maker and entrepreneur who built a successful business in the late antebellum era.
For more information about the event and Kenneth Zogry, please visit moorehistory.com.
The First Baptist Church in Southern Pines is located on East New York Avenue between May Street and Ashe Street.


Zinn Wisdom

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places (and there are so many) where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
-Howard Zinn, patriot, historian, and author


Article About Raven's Wing and Farm Up the Street


Another Do-It-Yourselfer, Apr 22, Chatham Co

Moncure poet and free-lance writer Judy Hogan will speak to the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library on Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 P.M., at the Chatham County Council on Aging. "My Life and Economics as an Aging Poet-Farmer" will reveal how she has lived by relying more on the gift economy than on the market economy. Her passion to write led to valuing time more than money. In the desperate circumstances that inevitably arose, she became Sartre’s "genius," inventing solutions. In 1998 she began farming to grow her food and stay healthy.

Her solutions to life’s problems may seem outrageous, insane, and definitely high risk, but she enjoys good health, writes regularly, and keeps active and happy. She will read excerpts from her recently completed Pushkin and Chickens: The Story of My Farm.
Judy won the Indy Arts Award to Carolina Wren Press in 2008 for finding new voices. She writes regularly for Chatham County Line, and has published five books of poetry, two non-fiction. She helped found The North Carolina Writers Network and served as its first Chair (1984-87). She was Chair of the national small press association (COSMEP) 1975-78. In 2004 she served as Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator for the Chatham Coalition. She teaches Creative Writing at CCCC. Web: http://judyhogan.home.mindspring.com



Tonight, Apr 2 at Raven's Wing, 7:00

No Impact Man: The Documentary
(2009) NR
A Fifth Avenue family goes very green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment in this engaging documentary. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation.
Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Raven's Wing, 325 N Page St. Sou. Pines


Don't Miss These!

Greeting the Train with the Sounds of Southern Pines Memory

Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Southern Pines Train Depot, 235 NW Broad St., Southern Pines, NC
No Admission Charge

Directed and produced by historian Ray Owen, the program is based on two historical greetings that helped found Southern Pines. In the years of settlement, an African-American choir known as the Singing Society greeted incoming trains, and the letters of town founder John T. Patrick tell of meetings between potential northern settlers and representatives from local Scottish families, arranged in an effort to demonstrate that the native Southerners were kind and hospitable. These two groups--African-American and Scottish-American--were pillars of local society, and with their blessing Southern Pines was settled. The presentation is intended to bear witness to the power of our culture, with roots reaching back for generations.
This event is co-sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association and the Town of Southern Pines in conjunction with the Arts Council of Moore County, the Clan MacKenzie Society in the Americas, Frank Pierce/A Southern Studio, Perry Davis/Davis Video Productions, Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative, Scottish Heritage USA, Sept of Blue Clan MacMillian, The Southern Pines Welcome Center, and Sunrise Theater.
Current participants include:
Ray Owen- introductory remarks
Dr. Douglas Kelly, Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC, and President of Scottish Heritage USA - leading the Lord's Prayer in Gaelic
Dr. Mary Wayne Watson, Humanities Instructor at Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Choir - singing hymns in Gaelic
The Together-N-Unity Choir - singing traditional gospel hymns
The St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band - 3 members providing a bagpipes chorus & drum
Sept of Blue Clan MacMillian & the Clan MacKenzie Society in the Americas - tartan clad and flag waving
[and check out Farm2Table on the green beside Sunrise Theatre]
Larry McNeely & Friends in Concert
Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Old Bethesda Church, 1020 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
Admission $12 per person • Tickets can be purchased at the event
A concert featuring musician Larry McNeely and his band. Larry McNeely is an American five-string banjo player known for his collaboration with Glen Campbell and for recording several soundtracks for different motion pictures. McNeely began playing the banjo in 1961. In the following years, he absorbed both Don Reno's style and the Keith style. He moved to La Folette, Tennessee in 1965 to join the Pinnacle Mountain Boys and soon afterwards, he became a member of "Roy Acuff and his Smokey Mountain Boys". In 1969, he joined the Glen Campbell Show as a replacement for John Hartford. About five years later, he was working with Burl Ives and later with Smothers Brothers. He formed the "Larry McNeely Trio" in 1975. In the fall of the 1970s, McNeely began his career as a studio session player for movie soundtracks. Over the years he's been working with artists such as, Mac Davis, Eddie Kendricks, Percy Faith and Barbara Mandrell. He became a member of "Southern Manor", a progressive bluegrass band in 1984. Within a year he was back, working with Roy Acuff. Larry McNeely lives in Moore County and is married Beth Harris McNeely, who is a Bryant family descendent (the Bryant House). His concert will benefit the Bryant House and McLendon Cabin.
Craig & Patrick Fuller in Concert
Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Old Bethesda Church, 1020 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
Admission $12 per person • Tickets can be purchased at the event
Craig Fuller is a founding member of the pioneering Country Rock band, Pure Prairie League. While with PPL, he wrote and sang the band’s most noteworthy song, “Amie” and was the major songwriter on the band’s first two, most highly acclaimed albums. From 1996 to 1997 he recorded two records for United Artists with the band, American Flyer, the first of which was produced by famed Beatles Producer Sir George Martin. In 1978 he recorded the album, “Fuller Kaz” with Eric Kaz . As a member of Little Feat, he was a major writer on Let It Roll; the band’s grammy nominated 1989 album, Representing The Mombo (1991), and Shake Me Up”, (1993). From 1999-2001 Fuller lived in Nashville and wrote for Big Yellow Dog publishing. A father of four, he currently divides his time between Pinehurst, North Carolina and Nashville while performing 25-30 shows a year mostly with PPL but also a Solo act and a guest with Little Feat.
Patrick Fuller is the son of singer songwriter Craig Fuller and Dr. Victoria DeVito, who currently holds an assistant professorship at Vanderbilt University. Patrick has been performing since he was 17 years old and has been writing his own songs almost for as long. Born in Vancouver WA, he has moved around a lot in his early years and has experienced more American culture than most adults twice his age. He has been inflluenced by a wide variety of music and draws on those influences in each of his compositions. Patrick has lived in Pinehurst since 2001 and is currently a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill.
Tift Merritt in Concert
Saturday, March 27, 2010 • 8:00 to 10:00 pm
R.E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines, NC
Admission $25 per person • Tickets can be purchased at the event
Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist whose music defies categorization. Her uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country has record stores scratching their heads and audiences dancing in the aisles and telling their friends. Born in Houston, her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Tift grew up. She has released two studio albums—Bramble Rose (2002) and Tambourine (2004); and her third studio album, Another Country, was released in 2008. This event is presented by the Arts Council of Moore County and the Moore County Historical Association and made possible by Merritt's friend and MCHA Board Member, Nancy Blount.
Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession
Sunday, March 28, 2010 • 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Old Bethesda Church, 1020 Bethesda Rd., Aberdeen, NC
Admission $15 per person • Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Shaw House
A gritty one-woman play starring Jane Holding, adapted for the stage by Holding and Allan Gurganus from his best selling novel "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All." A remarkable woman reveals her secrets one by one, in this harrowing and hilarious comedy about wars, both Civil and domestic. The story focuses on Lucy who marries a Civil War veteran. Though the war is long since finished, Lucy's husband remains haunted by it until the end of his life. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City.


Natural Areas Should Be Preserved

Windows Live Hotmail: "Long-time friend and supporter of the Conservation Council, Pearson H. Stewart, died on March 14. Pearson was one of the State's original urban planners; he was the executive director of the Research Triangle Park and Assistant Secretary for Planning for the NC Department of Transportation, and instrumental in getting the Triangle J Council of Government started. Pearson was a firm believer that natural areas should be preserved and in became one of the founders of the Triangle Land Conservancy. His legacy will live on."


April Fools tonight, Wine Cellar, 7

The April Fools are playing at the Wine Cellar tonight, 7PM. Come celebrate the first night of Spring!!!

The Fools won first place as a band at High Falls Fiddler's Convention last week so they should be red hot and raring to go.  Note, the April Fools are especially good role models for children and/or adults who need guidance in the ways of the world.

[AND the Fools are playing April 17, opening day of Farmers' Market, downtown Sou. Pines!]


Farmers Speak Up


Important Site


Palustris Events via SCC

The Inaugural Palustris Festival

Sandhills Community College Palustris Event Line-Up 2010
Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28 2010
Many Events are Free to the Public,
Maximum Event Ticket Price $25.00
For more information and to buy tickets online for the events (including events held at SCC) go to www.palustrisfestival.com
Information about SCC Palustris Events is also available by calling SCC Fine Arts Professor Denise Baker at (910) 695-3879.

SCC Palustris Events:
Lecture: Southern Culture: What We Learn from the Food We Eat
Professor Ray Linville
Thursday, March 25 - 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Children (12+) welcome.
Cost: Free
Ray Linville, Sandhills Community College's associate professor of English & Humanities, will explore food ways of the South that make it a region distinct from other areas of the U.S. Learn about the historical, political, socioeconomics and other cultural connections of our cuisine--from okra and grits to sweet potato casserole and pecan pie. How is culture indentified in the eating habits and food choices of the South?

Lecture: Southern Pines: The History of Moore County Early Settlers
Ray Owen, Historian
Thursday, March 25 - 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
The SCC Palustris experience settles in for an analysis of the early residents of Moore County, a session sure to shake a few limbs on the family tree of some participants. Come and find out more about the heritage of Moore County with historian Ray Owen.

Pottery Talk & Demo with the Seagrove Area Potters Association
Will McCanless
Thursday, March 25 - 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
Will McCanless of McCanless Pottery and representative from the Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA) will share the uniqueness of Seagrove area pottery with examples and demonstrations.

Art Exhibit at SCC's Hastings Gallery: What We Love About Where We Live
Photographs from Across the Atlantic
Professor Denise Baker
Thursday, March 25 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SCC Campus, Hastings Art Gallery, Boyd Library
Cost: Free
Children are Welcome.
This international photography exhibit will showcase the new Sister City commitment between Southern Pines/Moore County and Newry/County Down in Northern Ireland. The exhibit will include photos by members of the Sandhills Photography Club and the Warrenpoint Photography Club. Refreshments and music will be provided.

Southern Culture Dinner in the Pines
SCC Culinary Department
Thursday, March 25 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
SCC Campus, Little Hall, Russell Dining Room
Cost: $25.00
Reservations Required - Please call Lavada Alsbrook at 695-3796 or tickets may be purchased from the Palustris website.
Just when you think your hunger for Southern culture has been met, the SCC Culinary Program spoons up its own version of "closing time" with its Southern Culture Dinner in the Pines. Yum! Enjoy a authentic Southern buffet prepared by the SCC Culinary Technology program. Food will focus on local foods, cuisine and culture. We will feature a slow cooked hog from Cane Creek Farm in Siler City, Beans, Hush Puppies, Slaw, Southern sweet rolls, pies, tea and much more, including a live band. We hold a pig pickin once a semester and they are always immensely popular. You can sit in our comfortable dining room, out on the front patio under the umbrellas, or you can take a box or two home with you to share with your family.

PineStraws Writers in the Garden
James Dodson, Steve Bouser, and special guest Emily Harrison Wilson
As well as PineStraw Contributors: Stephen Smith, Deborah Soloman, Megan Shore and Ashley Wahl
Friday, March 26 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SCC Campus, Ball Visitors Center, SCC Horticulture Gardens
Cost: Free
Children are Welcome.
In the tranquil setting of the Sandhills Community College Gardens, PineStraw Magazine presents "Writers in the Garden," featuring James Dodson, Steve Bouser, and special guest Emily Herring Wilson reading from new works, plus selected readings by PineStraw Contributors, Stephen Smith, Deborah Soloman, Megan Shore and Ashley Wahl.

SCC Gardens Guided Tour
Sandhills Horticultural Society
Friday, March 26 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SCC Campus, Ball Visitors Center, SCC Horticulture Gardens
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome
Children are Welcome
Please direct questions to Tricia Mabe, 695-3882
The Sandhills Horticultural Society will lead tours of the 32-acre garden on the campus of Sandhills Community College. This garden includes a diverse variety of plants and garden styles, from a formal English garden to a Japanese garden. Tours will be guided on the hour.

Lecture: Southern Literature: The Southern Literary Renaissance
Professor Larry Allen
Friday, March 26 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
The Southeast region's literary renaissance is the focus of this session designed as a patchwork of prose and poetry from our beloved South. Larry Allen, Sandhills Community College's Department Chair and language professor, will examine the explosion of literary activity that emerged from the South following WWI.
Lecture: Southern Films: Southern Character & Caricature in Films
Professor Ron Layne, SCC Dean of Instruction
Friday, March 26 - 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
SCC Campus, Clement Dining Room (upstairs), Dempsey Student Center
Cost: Free
SCC takes a visual romp through American cinema in search of the best and worst depictions of the Southern Belle and Beau, the Snopes and the Stellas, the hucksters and the hardworking sharecroppers that Hollywood has used to define the Southern Spirit. Ron Layne, SCC's Dean of Instruction and language professor, will explore the depiction of Southerners in film. Lecture will include a series of film clips with interspersed commentary.

We hope to see you on campus enjoying our wonderful line-up of SCC Events for the Inaugural Palustris Festival!

Thank you!
Denise Baker
Professor, Fine Arts
Sandhills Community College
(910) 695-387


Farewell, Granny D

Doris "Granny D" Haddock died peacefully today in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old. Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago.
She walked across the United States at the age of 90 in the year 2000, in a successful effort to promote the passage of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. In 2004, Granny D decided to challenge incumbent Senator Judd Gregg for his US Senate seat. She hoped to demonstrate that ordinary people can run for office and win with the support of small donations from individuals. Despite a shortened, grassroots campaign without the benefit of any advertising dollars, Granny D garnered an impressive 34% of the vote.
During the past year five years, Granny D has traveled the country speaking about campaign finance reform and working on behalf of legislation for publicly-funded elections in New Hampshire. In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska.
She raised two children, including the late Elizabeth Lawrenz of Washington D.C., and a son, Jim Haddock, who survives her and, with his wife, Libby, was at her side during many of her great adventures, including the final one today. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A public memorial service will be held this summer.


Beware the Super Bugs




Biking, Greenways, Southern Pines

Mar. 16, 6 - 8 pm, Sou. Pines Elementary School auditorium

• Help shape the future of your community by talking with your neighbors, city staff, and project consultants about how make the Town of Southern Pines more bicycle-friendly.
• Provide input and learn about the Town of Southern Pines Bicycle Transportation Plan.
• For more info, and to fill out the online comment form, visit:


Movie, Mar. 11

Moore County Sustainable Film Series
"Addicted to Plastic"
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
6:30-8:00 PM
Sandhills Community College
Dempsey Student Center, Clement Dining Room


Renewable Energies in NC

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 1:00 PM
Ball Center, Sandhills Community College

"Renewable Energy Opportunities for North Carolina". Presentation by Alex Hobbs, Ph.D. followed by a discussion on renewable energy with community members to include: Ray Ogden, Moore County Economic Development/Partners for Progress; Joey Raczkowski, Moore County
Planning and Development; Bill Smith, Southern Pines (Automotive/Alternative Fuels); Jay Snyder, First Health; Dr. Larry Upchurch, Moore County Schools.
Dr. Hobbs directs the NC Solar Center Renewable Technologies Program for research, development and deployment of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts as well as efforts to improve energy efficiency programs in residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture business sectors.

This programs is sponsored by the AAUW.

Depression Manufactured

Gary Greenberg: "Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease"
Is depression manufactured? Two decades after the introduction of antidepressants, it's become commonplace to assume that our sadness can be explained in terms of a disease called depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 14 million Americans suffer from major depression every year and more than three million suffer from minor depression. Some 30 million Americans take antidepressants at a cost of over $10 billion a year.
Gary Greenberg argues that while depression can be debilitating, it has also been largely manufactured by doctors and drug companies as a medical condition with a biological cause that can be treated with prescription medication.


Urban Farm Tour Coming April 10

Save the Date for the 2010 Urban Farm Tour!!!

On Saturday, April 10th urban farmers across Cumberland and Moore Counties will open their homes and gardens in order to show us how they weave elements of rural life into their town and suburban lifestyles.

Visitors will see urban homeowners, much like themselves, demonstrating a passion for a wide variety of farm-life practices adapted to their back, side, and front yards! You’ll see demonstrations of bee‐keeping, native plantings and edible landscapes, rainwater harvesting, raising chickens as laying hens, vermi‐composting (worms), shade gardens, certified wildlife habitat, growing fresh‐cut flowers, and more. And you’ll also learn firsthand how practices such as tilling‐in cover crops, composting and building raised beds can improve soil quality and increase garden yields.

The Urban Farm Tour is self‐guided and participants will be able to pick up a Tour program at one of two Headquarters locations; the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Cumberland County and Aberdeen Elementary School in Moore County. Sites on the Tour will be open from 10am to 3pm and you can purchase a Tour button for only $5 per person. Buttons will be on sale soon at a number of convenient locations. Young Urban Farmers (children 12 and under) are admitted free!

So mark your calendars now for the 2010 Urban Farm Tour on Saturday, April 10!

For more information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, or to include your urban (or suburban) farm as a site on the 2010 Urban Farm Tour, contact Heather Brown at brownh@ctc.com or 910-639-7024.

Much To Consider Here



But No Conservation?


Food Safety Legislation Pending, Discussion Mar. 11

Fresh Produce Safety Farmer Listening Session
Thursday, March 11, 2010 7:30 pm
Agriculture Building Auditorium in Pittsboro, NC
Please RSVP for this event by calling Jane Tripp at 919-542-8202 just so we can get a headcount for refreshments.
Fruit and vegetable farmers: What do you think about on-farm fruit and vegetable food safety issues? We want to know.
Please join us for a farmer listening session in Pittsboro on Thursday March 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm. The listening session will be hosted by the Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension in the Agriculture Building Auditorium.
For more than a year, food safety legislation has been pending in the U.S. Congress. This past summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (HR 2749) and a bill awaits action in the U.S. Senate (S510).
In addition, the Food & Drug Administration and USDA have announced that they are working together to develop rules and regulations for on-farm production of fruits and vegetables in the area of food safety.
North Carolina Farm Bureau and the NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force would like to hear what you think. Regulations will be coming. It is our understanding that the intent is to regulate all fruit and vegetable production on the farm. Based on the bills that have passed and been introduced, a number of areas that will be regulated have been identified:
Please join us to talk about potential on-farm food safety regulation and what will and will not work for you. Your comments will be presented to the FDA and USDA now, before regulations are written.
Who should attend? Fruit and vegetable producers. Small producers with production of less than 100 acres are especially welcome. Wholesale growers, retail/farm stand growers, growers with CSAs or who sell at farmers' markets. While we realize this topic may be of interest to non-producers, this meeting is for producers only.

Bring your ideas and we look forward to seeing you March 11 in Pittsboro. * Please RSVP for this event by calling Jane Tripp at 919-542-8202 just so we can get a headcount for refreshments.

Directions to the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/workshopdirections.html

For those of you outside the Triangle, listening sessions are also scheduled in several other counties (details are still being worked out): March 8Stanley County BreakfastUnion County Dinner March 9Watauga County BreakfastLincoln County Lunch March 12Brunswick County Lunch March 16 Gaston/Cleveland/Rutherford Counties timing to be determined March 18Harnett County, Ag Center, Lillington lunch, 12:30 p.m. March 26Duplin County/Wayne County timing to be determined For more information on the specific details of the meetings outside Pittsboro, contact Debbie Hamrick: Debbie HamrickDirector Specialty CropsNC Farm Bureau FederationPO Box 27766Raleigh, NC 27611-7766(919) 334-2977Cell: (919) 302-9538debbie.hamrick@ncfb.org

Chef Needed, Pinehurst Area


Full-time or part-time position available immediately as a personal chef / household manager for a small vegan family in Pinehurst. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in healthy vegan cooking, a commitment to organic and locally grown food, an ability to work comfortably in a home setting, strong organizational skills, and independent creativity in the kitchen. Responsibilities would include grocery shopping, designing and preparing meals, food storage, the management of the kitchen and supplies, and assisting with the overall management of the home. An extra plus would be an applicant with experience as an organic gardener and orchardist, and skills with canning, preserving, drying, and freezing fresh food from the garden. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to: chefinpinehurst@yahoo.com.


Thursday, 23rd, with Abe Lincoln

"An Evening with Abraham Lincoln" will be presented by The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series on February 23rd at 7:30 pm at Owen Auditorium, Sandhills Community College.
An Evening with Abraham Lincoln is to be done by Lincoln impersonator Jim Getty.


Cukes, Not Nukes

The Amazing Cucumber

[Thanks, Bonnie!]
This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!


Stimulus and Nukes

Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz on Obama's Stimulus Plan, Debt, Climate Change, and "Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy"
As President Obama defends the success of his one-year-old $787 billion stimulus package, we speak to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who says the stimulus was both not big enough and too focused on tax cuts. Stiglitz is the author of the new book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, which analyzes the causes of the Great Recession of 2008 and calls for overcoming what he calls an "ersatz capitalism" that socializes losses but privatizes gains. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/18/nobel_economist_joseph_stiglitz_on_obamas

"A Bad Day for America": Anti-Nuclear Activist Harvey Wasserman Criticizes Obama Plan to Fund Nuclear Reactors * President Obama has pledged $8.3 billion in loan guarantees needed to build the first nuclear reactors in nearly three decades. The move, along with a tripling of nuclear loan guarantees in the President's budget, represents a new federal commitment to the nuclear power sector. We speak to independent journalist and longtime anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman, who helped found the grassroots movement against nuclear power in the United States in the 1970s. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/18/nukes

How to Prune, Plant Blueberry Bushes

Subject: Blueberry Pruning and Planting Demonstration, February 27

Contact: Taylor Williams, Agricultural Extension Agent

Phone 910-947-3188 Fax 947-1494

Email: taylor_williams@ncsu.edu

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will hold a blueberry pruning and planting demonstration on Saturday morning, February 27, at 1460 Red Hill Road in Cameron. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 10:30 a.m.
Ag. Ext. Agent Taylor Williams will cover varieties, site selection, soil preparation, pruning mature blueberry bushes, and planting “stool” plants (shoots from base of existing blueberries).
The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring pruning tools and a shovel. Please call 947-3188 for more information, for directions, and to register for this class.
Directions: From Carthage, take 15/501 North 2.7 miles and turn right on NC 24/27 East toward Cameron. Go 2.5 miles, and turn left on Bryant Road. Go 0.6 miles and turn right on Red Hill Road. After 0.9 miles, 1460 Red Hill Road will be on your left.


Great Film About Food


More on Urban Farm Tour, April 10


Global Weirding, US Addiction to Oil

clip:   "China, of course, understands that, which is why it is investing heavily in clean-tech, efficiency and high-speed rail. It sees the future trends and is betting on them. Indeed, I suspect China is quietly laughing at us right now. And Iran, Russia, Venezuela and the whole OPEC gang are high-fiving each other. Nothing better serves their interests than to see Americans becoming confused about climate change, and, therefore, less inclined to move toward clean-tech and, therefore, more certain to remain addicted to oil. Yes, sir, it is morning in Saudi Arabia."

article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/opinion/17friedman.html


Energy Crisis vs US Involvement

February 13, 2010  Op-Ed Columnist
Watching China Run By BOB HERBERT

It was primarily a symbolic gesture. Way back in 1979, in the midst of an energy crisis, Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House. They were used to heat water for some White House staffers.
“A generation from now,” said Mr. Carter, “this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people, harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”
Ronald Reagan had the panels taken down.
We missed the boat then, and lord knows we’re missing it now. Two weeks ago, as I was getting ready to take off for Palo Alto, Calif., to cover a conference on the importance of energy and infrastructure for the next American economy, The Times’s Keith Bradsher was writing from Tianjin, China, about how the Chinese were sprinting past everybody else in the world, including the United States, in the race to develop clean energy.
That we are allowing this to happen is beyond stupid. China is a poor country with nothing comparable to the tremendous research, industrial and economic resources that the U.S. has been blessed with. Yet they’re blowing us away — at least for the moment — in the race to the future.
Our esteemed leaders in Washington can’t figure out how to do anything more difficult than line up for a group photo. Put Americans back to work? You must be kidding. Health care? We’ve been working on it for three-quarters of a century. Infrastructure? Don’t ask.
But, as Mr. Bradsher tells us, “China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines and is poised to expand even further this year.”
China also has become the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels and is pushing hard on other clean energy advances. As Mr. Bradsher wrote: “These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China.”
We’re in the throes of an awful and seemingly endless employment crisis, and China is the country moving full speed ahead on the development of the world’s most important new industries. I’d like one of the Washington suits to step away from the photo-op and explain the logic of that to me.
The truth, of course, is that there is no reason at all for this to be happening. The United States, in many ways, is very well prepared to move ahead on clean energy. It could and should be the world’s leader. Many, if not most, of the innovations in this area were developed right here. But much of that know-how, as we are seeing in China (and have been seeing in Germany and other places), is being implemented overseas.
The conference that I attended in Palo Alto spotlighted the need to move to a low-carbon economy in the U.S. and exemplified some of the resources available to make it happen. It was sponsored by the Brookings Institution and Lazard, the investment banking advisory firm. The participants included the leaders of — and major investors in — companies that are making great strides in the alternative energy industry. But much of their business is done overseas because right now in America’s wacky, dysfunctional public sector there is no clear vision of a viable clean-energy economy, and, thus, no clue about how to get there.
The network of world-class universities and advanced research institutions in the U.S. is by far the most impressive in the world: think Harvard and Stanford and Berkeley and M.I.T. and on and on. If you add to that the venture capital community in the U.S. with its vast experience and the willingness of investors to take risks, and the sheer entrepreneurial talent of the American business community, you end up with an array of resources fully capable of moving the U.S. into a low-carbon, high-growth and extraordinarily productive economy that would be the envy of the world.
But for that to happen — as Bruce Katz, a Brookings executive who was one of the organizers of the conference, pointed out — America’s corporate, civic and political leaders will have to “articulate what’s really at stake here.”
And what’s at stake is the future of the American economy. The low-carbon era is coming. We can be dragged into that newer, greener world by leading countries like China; or we can take up the challenge and become the world’s leader ourselves.

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Well, For Pity's Sake. . .


Celeb Chef to Fight Obesity Gets TED Prize

TED Prize to fight obesity and to educate about food!


More on Severe Weather


Soda and Diabetes Connection, with Maps


Facebook | Gloria Steinem Event for Local Filmmakers

Facebook Gloria Steinem Event for Local Filmmakers: "Welcome Gloria Steinem to Chapel Hill as she hosts a public fundraiser for 'Private Violence,' a documentary film and education project confronting the epidemic of domestic violence in the United States and depicting the history of the movement for women's rights and safety.

There will be a preview of the film-in-progress, presentations from national and local leaders, an auction of Gloria Steinem memorabilia and performances by Durham-based poet/musician shirlette ammons and Greg Humphreys of Hobex.

Minimum donation of $25 (tax-deductible). Reserve tickets at www.privateviolence.org. Tickets also available the day of the event. All proceeds will support the completion of the documentary. For more information: 919-824-0811 or privateviolence@gmail.com."


SCC, Valentine's Day and Palustris

Event Announcement from Sandhills Community College!
SCC Valentines Day Jazz Band Concert Tim Haley, Director
Owens Auditorium Sandhills Community College
Sunday, February 14, 20107:30 p.m.
Free to the public
Sandhills Community College will be hosting our annual Valentines Day Jazz Band Concert in Owens Auditorium. We hope to see you and your Valentine at Sandhills Community College, February 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm in Owens Auditorium!

AND Save the dates! Inaugural Palustris Festival March 25-28
Named after the Latin name for the longleaf pine, the Palustris Festival is designed to celebrate the visual, literary and performing arts of Moore County. The Festival will showcase what makes our area unique and special: artists, musicians, and writers we produce locally and attract from all over the world, a variety of art galleries, the natural beauty of the area, deep-rooted history, world-famous golf, fine hotels & resorts, excellent restaurants, boutique retail shops and much more.
Many events will be held in conjunction with and on the campus of Sandhills Community College.
For more information, please visit thefestival website - http://www.palustrisfestival.com/


February Special at Raven's Wing

For the month of February, get $5 off all massage services
Raven's Wing, 325 North Page St, Sou. Pines  603 3403