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.



Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk Scheduled For July 16

Last  July 16 , Chattanooga was changed forever following the tragic shootings at the Armed Services Recruiting Center on Lee Highway and the U.S. Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway.   One year later , thousands of supporters will participate in the Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk to honor and remember those ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Residents 'Pay it Forward' At Steak N' Shake

Residents at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford think they have an interesting and kind way to have fun - paying for strangers' orders at the Steak N' Shake on Gunbarrel Road during Half Price Happy Hour.  The assisted living residents say they find enjoyment going through the drive-thru in the Morning Pointe bus and buying their favorite milkshakes, while paying ... (click for more)

Large Hole Develops In Lane Of I-24 Eastbound Over Chestnut Street; Emergency Repair Undertaken

 A large hole developed in the I-24 eastbound bridge over Chestnut Street in Chattanooga on Sunday evening. Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said, "The hole is such that we are having to close a lane to protect traffic.  This will cause a significant backup in traffic, especially given the holiday.  "This is the same bridge, but different location that we recently did ... (click for more)

12 Lost Hikers Rescued At Rainbow Lake, Edwards Point

Eleven adults and a child were briefly lost at Rainbow Lake and Edwards Point trails on Signal Mountain on Sunday. A 911 call was made at 9:45 p.m. from one of the hikers reporting the group lost sunlight hiking out of the trails at Edwards Point. Th Signal Mountain Fire Department and the Walden's Ridge Emergency Services have responded to the scene to ... (click for more)

Parking Discrimination Downtown

Many taxpayers who reside in Chattanooga (but outside Chattanooga's core) feel left behind when it comes to neighborhood paving, sidewalks, policing, streetscaping, street sweeping, public transportation, and other services. Some think most tax dollars are spent on downtown and not in their neighborhoods. It's not as if they can't vicariously experience the largesse of downtown. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Nameless Ghost

One hundred years ago the United States was at war. The most intense fighting during World War I was on what was called The Western Front. The Germans wanted to invade France from the north and in order to do it, they had to push through Flanders province in Belgium. It has been described as a hell unequalled in raw hand-to-hand combat, In just four months on Flanders fields, ... (click for more)