Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | August 10, 2018


Tony and Peter found this shed snake skin under the house yesterday. Not from a venomous snake but it’s very long. Rattlesnakes have been spotted in the area especially after all the rain. They’re sunning so look down while you’re walking. Not looking at your phone either keep your eyes on where you’re going, side to side and forward glances. Baby snakes have hatched, the venomous ones are born with venom and are very dangerous.

#snake #snakeskin #reptile #nonvenomous #farmlife #photo


Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | July 27, 2018

Summer Reading

I’m behind in my posts about our Tell-it-All Thursday times. Two weeks ago we featured the book, In the Garden with Dr. Carver. This historical fiction book for children/juvenile reader, Susan Grisby (author), Nicole Tadgell (illustrator), tells the story of Dr. Carver’s visit to a rural Alabama community to teach the residents about soil health, care of plants, sustainable gardening & farming practices, eatable plants, beneficial insects and more.

For our featured food, I made curry with golden tile fish and Mako shark, squash, bell peppers, dried cranberries, and other seasonings, served over brown basmati rice. The yellow squash came from our farm, Morning Glory Homestead. The fish and shark came from @SeaEagleMarket In the library garden space, we transplanted a small rose bush as the kids did in the book. The rose bush was from a cutting I did a few months ago. The garden spot is looking great and the kid really enjoy our time outside listening to the chimes, refilling the bird waterer and checking on the feeder. Of course, we also sang a few songs to go along with the”Libraries Rock” theme and had a great time together.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | July 9, 2018

A Quick Filling Salad

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 10, 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge

It is amazing and comical how easily a cat can make itself comfortable and at ease in so many places.


Sunshine enjoying the rug in the midst if the stack of books and work going on all around him.


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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | August 17, 2017

Oh, What a Night!


Last school year, a generous donor gave Action Bibles to all children attending Good News Clubs in the Beaufort area.  All the students in the St. Helena Island GNC received an Action Bible except for two who were not able to continue coming to the end.  I found one student at the school before he got on the bus which left one more.  I was not able to catch up with him throughout the summer.  Tonight at the back to school meet and greet, I took several things with me to represent the Good News Club and pass out  permission forms, among the items I had on the table was the bible for that student.  I didn’t know if I’d see him but I was hopeful.

Within a few minutes of standing at the table, greeting families, the very student I hoped to see walked up with his family member.  I greeted them and asked if he were returning to GNC and his adult family member told me he was signed up for another after school program and would not be returning but they stopped by to say hello.  Then I remembered the Action Bible and handed it to the student.  I informed him that I had it with me in my car all summer hoping I would run into him and be able to give it to him. He is a very bashful boy and looked away with a grin on his face as he held the bible still in its plastic wrapper.  His adult family member thanked me for the bible and told him to say thank you.  He looked down and away again and smiled as he said thank you in just above a whisper, then they walked away and I watched with great joy as they went to the next table.

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As the evening came to an end the lady two tables down came over and asked me about the Action Bible.  I had a copy on the table on display, it was my own copy I bought a few years earlier along with the devotion book that can be purchased separately.  She wanted to know where she could find the bible and I told her where I bought mine, Lifeway Christian Book Store. She went on to tell me that a boy came to her table earlier with an Action Bible.  She said he told her that his teacher from last year saved it for him and gave it to him that night.  She said he told her that with such a big smile on his face and she said to me, “I told him, he must be special”.  I told her, “he is special”.   That was the best moment of the evening,  to know that my former student was filled with happiness about receiving the bible and that I saved it for him all summer.  I can’t say all that he has gone through, but I am so blessed to have had him in GNC last year and to have done something that made him feel happy and special.  Let’s pray that the bible is a special blessing to him this year as he reads it at home.

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | August 11, 2017

STEM on the Farm

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and now Art to make it the acronym STEAM, are subjects in demand in classrooms around our state and nation. We are preparing to extend that information to the farm.  Many schools are exploring how to include a garden on the campus and include it in the curriculum.  For the past several months we have attended workshops and conferences d received training to help schools in our area with their quest to have a garden or maintenance of the one they already have, and provide instruction on our farm for schools, daycares and homeschools who would like to include these lessons for their students.

Our youngest child graduated from our homeschool last year.  We know what it is like to search for places to do lessons that are either out of your zone of expertise or that you don’t have the equipment for.  As volunteers in our local public school system, we know there are experiences schools would like to offer but don’t have the funding or equipment necessary.  

We have the equipment, location and training to present a variety of lessons on our farm that meet the standards required by the state of South Carolina for science. We will also incorporate our political science and history background to include lessons and activities that meet standards for history and civics. You can also expect music, and arts and crafts to be in the programs as well.  

Our farm has chickens, ducks, turkey, honey bees, an orchard, a field for planting, raised beds, a worm bin, compost areas, innoculated and mushroom logs. By mid September, our USDA approved seasonal high tunnel will be up and our drip irrigation system will be completed. We will add more animals soon too so you can learn their life cycle and  how they are cared for; animal husbandry. 

Students can receive instruction about planting seeds, soil health, embryology, seasonal crops, where food comes from, farm machines, and much more.  If you can’t visit us, contact us about our classroom visits and we’ll make plans to visit your school. 

Learn more about our farm and what we’re doing by visiting our website, From there you can see how to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.  

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 6, 2017

A Different Greens Salad

The greens in the field are still looking great.  Looking for a different way to eat your greens. This recipe from our friend and mentor Ms Dori Sanders’ “Mess ‘o Greens Salad with Warm Pecan Dressing”, is from her cookbook “Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking”. Ms. Sanders  is a farmer, novelist, cookbook author, and a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. She was raised on her family’s farm in Filbert, South Carolina. Visit to find her book and see where to visit the Sanders’ family farm.

Recipe Ingredients

6 cups fresh mustard, turnip, and/or collard greens (about 1 pound)

6 cups fresh mustard, turnip, and/or collard greens (about 1 pound)

2 T balsamic vinegar

2 tsp. honey

1 T Dijon mustard

2 tsp. vegetable oil

½ cup pecans, roughly chopped or broken


1. Wash greens well, dry thoroughly, then remove and discard the long stems. Tear the greens into salad-size pieces and place in a large bowl.

2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and mustard. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a small skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the vinegar mixture and pecans and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over the greens and serve at once. 


Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 4, 2017

Local Gullah Icon will be Missed

Captain Joseph ‘Crip’ Legree was a well-known, highly respected Gullah netmaker on St Helena Island, SC.  Captain Legree’s cotton nets were sought after and it was a special treat to see him work on a net during demonstrations.  Whenever possible Captain Legree ppartucipated in Gullah  festivals and events to showcase his skill. The skill of netmaking in the Gullah tradition is not done by many and a master netmaker is now gone.  He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 21, 2017

The Bee House 

My granddaughter is very curious about the “bee house” .  She took a close look at it recently to see if there were any bees inside and what the inside looks like.  We don’t have bees yet but will soon.  

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 17, 2017

Day Clean

Day clean
The sounds of roosters crowing break through the stillness of the night announcing dawn.
Pink and yellow hues nudge the darkness and light creeps into view, the day is new.
Cackles from hens grow louder, birds make their presence known with song as they hop through dew.
Flickering lights of stars fade as the sun moves higher, the sky is brighter and I see the sun rise.
Squirrels scurry across forest floors, climb trees the prize of nuts and seeds to seize.
Cool breezes waft through branches of trees that stretch up and outward making a canopy.
The day is well underway, clean, cool, refreshing, new with room for exploration, adventures and possibilities.
It’s a “Good morning”! 

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