15th Annual “Food For Life” Conference Is May 31-June 2

Monday, May 20, 2013
Carol Kimmons with a tour group in the Moonshadow Cabin Garden
Carol Kimmons with a tour group in the Moonshadow Cabin Garden
- photo by Sequatchie Valley Institute

The Sequatchie Valley Institute (SVI), a non-profit environmental education and research center, will offer its annual “Food for Life” conference and workshops May 31-June 2.

Food for Life is a gathering for skills-building about permaculture, food preservation, cooking methods, diet choices and nutrition, native forest foods and medicines, and fermented foods. Participants will also explore the political, social, and ecological implications of food and agriculture.

Workshops will include Concepts and Controversies of the Optimal Diet with Joel Kimmons; Fermentation-learn to make sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, sourdough bread and more with Sandor Katz, award-winning local author; Forest Walk to find wild edibles and medicinals; and Food Preservation.  

Kid programs will include: Cheese Making, Making Bentos, Play With Yer Food! Food Mandalas and an Art Opening by the kids. 

Other activities include: Theatre, games, pizza baked in the wood-fired clay oven, Dutch Oven cooking, and more.  Participants will help make food in workshops that will later be used for meals; each meal is therefore an integral part of the curriculum. 

The mission of the Sequatchie Valley Institute is to offer society an opportunity to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature by providing education, art, and research opportunities; a progressive, dynamic model residence and learning center; land conservation and restoration, and a vision for attaining a sustainable future.

Sequatchie Valley Institute is at 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, Tn. 37397, between Dunlap and       Whitwell just off Route 28, and 45 minutes from Chattanooga.

There is a sliding scale of $25-$50/adult/day and $5-$20/child/day (based on income) including meals. Call for individual workshop/meal prices. Rustic camping $10/3 nights.

For more information, call 423 949-5922, email education@svionline.org, or see www.svionline.org for information and reservations.

No pets, please.



Joyful Sounds Visits Morning Pointe Of Hixson

Joyful Sounds, the Community Senior Adult Choir of Christ’s United Methodist Church in East Brainerd, visited Morning Pointe of Hixson Assisted Living and the Lantern Alzheimer’s Memory Care community and put on a wonderful performance for residents of the assisted living community. The choir began in January of 2012 with six members and has grown to 34!  They sing at community ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Residents Put Contest Earnings Toward Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford was the regional winner of the corporate Spring Fling contest.  The assisted community was rewarded with $550 for a celebration.  Instead of having a party, the directors of Morning Pointe of Chattanooga knew that residents would want to share their prize with the community so they decided to put it towards one of their biggest ... (click for more)

2 Missing Soddy Daisy Children Found Safe After Large Search

Two missing Soddy Daisy children were found Wednesday morning after a large search for the brother and sister, ages 4 and 7. Te children were located at 811 Sluder Road about two miles from their residence. According to the Soddy Daisy Police Department, the children are in good condition. Emergency medical assistance is not required. They had been reported as last seen ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Unsecured Creditors Committee Asks Trustee Be Appointed For Fort Oglethorpe Hospital; Asks Bankruptcy Not Be Dismissed

The Unsecured Creditors Committee of Hutcheson Medical Center is opposing a motion by U.S. Trustee Guy Gebhardt for a bankruptcy judge to dismiss the bankruptcy for the financially-ailing Fort Oglethorpe hospital.   Instead, the group is asking Judge Paul Bonapfel to appoint a trustee to oversee the Hutcheson finances. In a 16-page motion, the committee said if the bankruptcy ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Is Right On The Muslim Threat - And Response (2)

Sheriff Hammond is exactly correct on the Muslims in Tennessee.  He sees with clear eyes the problem with the Muslims in our state and country.  They do want to take over Tennessee.  Our politicians are selling us down the river and allowing the trouble makers to dig in like tics and suck out the life's blood of our Constitution and take us over.  They ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Barners Trounce Who?

There is a website known as Grammarly that just completed a profound study. An automated proof-reading company (who I hope never finds out about me) collected 100 comments that each included over 50 words from the comment blogs of the nation’s preseason Top 25 college football teams. Then they fed them into the company’s huge algorithm computer and checked each fan base for punctuation, ... (click for more)