Category Archives: SOGALO15

Growing local for local economy –Gretchen Quarterman on the Chris Beckham 105.9 radio show @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

Really on the air this morning, and now on YouTube, talking about “quite the event” as Chris Beckham called it, South Georgia Growing Local, this Saturday, January 24th at Pine Grove Middle School, in Lowndes County, Georgia. Five times five: five tracks in five sessions, from soil to planting to cooking and nutrition, including aquaponics by UGA Professor Pat Duncan and local oils by national award winner Clay Oliver. Space still available; sign up now!

Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms (OPF).


Gretchen Quarterman on the Scott James 92.1 radio show @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

See her on YouTube if you missed her on the radio Monday, talking about South Georgia Growing Local, this Saturday, January 24th at Pine Grove Middle School, in Lowndes County, Georgia.

Includes a back yard garden story about her daughter Lindsey, where the apartment manager was very impressed.

Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms (OPF).


Raising goats. Is it a hobby or a business? –Bobbie Golden @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

South Georgia Growing Local is also for North Florida, where these goats live.

  • Breeds that are most likely to live in our environment
  • How to market and get some return on your investment

Bobbie’s business is Golden Acres Ranch, between Monticello Florida, and Thomasville, Georgia. Come hear Bobbie talk about her goats at South Georgia Growing Local 2015, this Saturday, January 24th, at Pine Grove Middle School, in Lowndes County, Georgia.


Hydroponic Greenhouses –Jeff Morgan and Tony Mallory @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

A talk instead of tours of the Pine Grove Middle School greenhouses this year.

300x225 Greenhouse, in Hydroponic Greenhouses, by Gretchen Quarterman, for, 18 January 2015 The greenhouses have a fungus just now because it is too moist in them because of the amount of water they had to put on during the freezes. Therefore there will be no tours this year.

However Jeff and Tony will be happy to give a talk.

I scheduled them for the last session at South Georgia Growing Local:

Hydroponic greenhouses and gardens are a viable method of growing in many Continue reading

Gretchen will be on the radio twice this week @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

Update 2015-01-20: Oops; actually Wednesday January 21st on the Chris Beckham show, still 8AM. Listen in tomorrow!

Morning radio is where a lot of people get their local news, and Gretchen will be talking about South Georgia Growing Local on both the local talk shows this week, reminding everybody about the great lineup of speakers about local agriculture for Saturday January 24th at Pine Grove Middle School.

7:30 AM Monday 19 January 2015
Scott James, 92.1 FM WDDQ,
facebook event, tunein.

8:00 AM Tuesday 20 Wednesday 21 January 2015
Chris Beckham, 105.9 FM WVGA,
facebook event, tunein.

You can listen to them with a radio, or through various online streaming services, such as tunein.


Oliver Farm Pecan Oil wins national Good Food Award @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

A speaker at the upcoming South Georgia Growing Local Conference just got a national award in San Francisco.

Press release via ABAC, Georgia Farmer Wins National Award for Cooking Oil,

A Georgia farmer took home a coveted Good Food Award in the oils category this week.

Oliver Farm Pecan Oil was recognized Thursday at the Good Food Award ceremony in San Francisco.

Since he started pressing food oils in 2012, Clay Oliver has expanded to produce cooking oils from sunflower, pecan and peanuts from the family homestead near Pitts, Ga.

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The Basics of Fermentation:  We Have Culture! –Janisse Ray @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

Now a word from our founder.

Science is finding that a healthy gut biome is vital to a powerful immune system, a highly functional brain, and overall good health. Jump-start your road to recovery or maintain your vigor by incorporating cultured foods in your diet. Fermenting is wicked simple and lots of fun. In this workshop Janisse will make sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha. She’ll also talk about many other homemade cultured foods you can incorporate into your homestead or home kitchen for the benefit of you and your family, including cream fraiche, vinegar, and much more.

Janisse Ray and Leeanne Culbreath started the South Georgia Growing Local series of conferences in November 2010 in Tifton. For more about Janisse Ray see her web page. She already held Southeast Georgia Growing Local in Tattnall County in November 2014. Come see Janisse at the other fifth conference in this series, South Georgia Growing Local 2015, January 24, 2015, at Pine Grove Middle School in Lowndes County north of Valdosta.


Making soap with Milk, Essential Oils, & other Natural ingredients –Tom Kuettner @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

What’s in your soap? Listen to Tom Kuettner and find out.

300x225 Curing, in Subject: Making soap with Milk, Essential Oils, & other Natural ingredients, by Tom Kuettner, for, 14 January 2015 Why use Natural soap, Types of soap making, Basic soap making, What problems do adding Milk, Essential Oils, Botanicals pose, how do we deal with these problems to make quality soap.

Who should attend: Anyone with a desire to make their own soap or with an interest in what’s in their soap and why to use natural soap

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Draft Schedule @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

Here’s the current draft schedule for the conference, with all five tracks.

Bees, bugs, and oils; plants, planting, and soils!
Herbs, small fruits, and citrus; cooking, fermenting, and curing!
Goats, fish, and chickens; water, solar, and weaving!
Nutrition, seed saving, and permaculture!

The current updated schedule will always be in the main conference page.

Session Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5
Welcome 9:00-9:15

Session 1 9:30-10:30 Local Cooking — Christine and Angela Hagen Soil Building — Julia Gaskins Small and Unusual Fruits and Vegetables — Dr. Bret Wagenhorst TBD Back Yard Hens — Dr. Claudia Dunkley
Session 2 10:45-11:45 Local Oils — Clay Oliver Planting by the Almanac — Terry Davis Invasive Plants — Karan Rawlins Permaculture and Sustainability — Stewart Douglas Bees — Raynae Jones
Lunch 12:00-1:00

Session 3 1:15-2:15 Herbs — TBD Fermenting — Janisse Ray Citrus — Mark Crawford Reducing Waste — Feeding America Goats — Bobbie Golden
Session 4 2:30-3:30 Nutrition — Karen Chapman Aquaponics — Dr. Pat Duncan Textiles — Lisa Smith Solar — Ron Jackson Curing Meats — Derrick Dawson
Session 5 3:45-4:45 Essential Oils — Mary Clement Bug Identification — David Riley Water Collection — John S. Quarterman Goat Milk Soaps — Tom Kuettner Hydroponic Greenhouses — Jeff Morgan and Tony Mallory
Wrap Up 4:50-5:00

Updated January 18


Building Healthy Soils –Julia W. Gaskin @ SOGALO15 2015-01-24

Crops need soils with organic matter, as a UGA soil specialist reminds us.

Healthy soils are fundamental to growing crops sustainably. The key to heathy soils is organic matter because organic matter is so important for microorganisms and the other soil creatures. Most of our agricultural soil have very low soil organic matter from years of farming. It can be a challenge to increase organic matter in South Georgia with its sandy soils and hot, humid climate, but it can be done. Come learn basic principles of soil management and strategies for you to improve your soil health.

Julia Gaskin is the Continue reading