Tom H. Johnson Jr. and Mary Caroline Pindar wanted to see the garden
at Okra Paradise Farms.
okra, lady’s fingers, gumbo, ngombo, bhindi, vendakkai, and many other names.
Possibly from West Africa, or Ethiopia, or South Asia.
Requires full sun and hot temperatures with good soil. Continue reading →
What we have learned about ourselves in the process.
Her conference bio:
Sharon Wagner — Executive Director
Sharon’s background includes a 15-year addiction to cocaine which
she overcame in 1987 with the love of God and the discipline of Teen
Challenge. While at the Walter Hoving home in New York, Sharon
received a vision to provide a home for women — a place of
safety and healing. In 2005, out of a passion to bring healing and
freedom to women struggling with alcohol, drugs, and abuse, Sharon
and her husband rick founded the South Georgia House of Hope here in
Valdosta, Georgia. This began a journey of faith that will last a
Sharon has personally experienced the healing power of
organic foods as part of the recovery process. It is her desire to
teach the ladies the importance of not only growing but also
enjoying fresh and healthy food. This is an essential part of
detoxification — replenishing nutrients that have been lost
through years of drug and alcohol use. The organic garden at the
House of Hope teaches the ladies how to work together as a team,
while also building healthy minds and bodies.
SOGALO2014 and hear Sharon Wagner talk about tomatoes and recovery!
An anonymous tip was the basis for a warrant for a SWAT team
to hold small farmers at gunpoint in handcuffs while the cops
took their okra and tomatoes and code compliance officers mowed the grass.
Is your grass mowed to code?
If sometimes not, maybe you’ll agree police militarization has gone too far.
Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for
marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden
farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a
Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law
enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The
police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, Continue reading →