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A regional tour of over 40 family farms in Western NC takes place Sept 20 & 21, 2014. At Living Web Farms, participants will see traditional mountain agricultural techniques, learn cooking and farming skills, and can even enjoy a 4-course meal.
Mills River, NC- Jeremy Griste prefers to do everything by hand. He’s the farm manager at the Mills River Educational Farm, a property overseen by Living Web Farms. The mission of Living Web Farms, a non-profit organization, is to create resilient agriculture and energy systems for a sustainable future. The main means to this mission throughout three properties in Western North Carolina is food production via ecological farming techniques, food preservation via traditional methods, intensive care of soil resources, and public education. “We create model systems where humans can thrive, without over-dependence on petroleum, and without depleting resources,” said Griste. “So I’m digging weeds with a shovel. I’m mulching by hand.”
“We’ll butcher a hog during Saturday’s class, and slowly smoke it overnight,” Leigh says. The dinner will be a combination of freshly harvested foods, as well as fermented and pickled items the Living Web team has been working on all season. Discussing the plans for Living Web’s busy weekend, Leigh asks, “To truly eat well, why not walk through the field, feed the animal that will feed you, and then taste everything in the good company of fireflies?”
To register, visit www.LivingWebFarms.org. Registration is by donation, with separate suggested fees for the tour, the class, and the farm dinner.