Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 21, 2016

National Small Farms Conference Tours

Thx @WholeFoods in Virginia Beach 4 having #SmallFarmConf attendees visit ur store & 4 ur support of local #farms 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 21, 2016

On the Road Again: National Small Farms Conference

This week my daughter Sarah and I are traveling with the Gullah Farmer’s Cooperative and the South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Service to attend the National Small Farms Conference in Virginia.  We left our home on St Helena Island Tuesday morning to meet the other members of the travel group and board the bus in Orangeburg on the campus of SCSU where we began our journey to Virginia Beach.

We are among a group of small minority farmers from the state of South Carolina who are affiliated with the 1890 Extension Service of South Carolina State University.  Each 1890 Extension cluster is represented by a small group of farmers from the area it represents and serves. We appreciate the opportunity to attend this conference and represent our community. 

From bottom to top the photos represent our travel from,just outside of Orangeburg to our arrival in Virfina Beach and the conference center. Now on to attending the sessions, networking and learning more about our work.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | July 25, 2016

Strawberry Lemon Lavender Muffins – Meatless Monday

I try to participate in Meatless Monday as much as possible.  This muffin recipe looks very interesting and I plan to try them soon.

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These gluten free muffins contrast sweet strawberries with sour lemon juice and herbal lavender. Try pressing a quartered strawberry on top of the muffins before baking to give this breakfast bread a refreshingly sweet finish.

Source: Strawberry Lemon Lavender Muffins – Meatless Monday

 

#MeatlessMonday, #Muffins, #Lavender, #Strawberries, #Lemon #HomeschoolChef #HomesteadCooking

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | June 11, 2016

The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I: Books 1 & 2 (Unabridged)

For our family summer reading this is a “ReadAgain” suggested by Meagan and Sarah. This is a family favorite we re-visited. Great choice!  Listening to an audio version is cool, this one has a good narrator. 

We finished listening to The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I: Books 1 & 2 (Unabridged) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, narrated by Mark Hamill on my Audible app. 

Try Audible and get it free: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V0QXFS&source_code=AFAORWS04241590G4

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | June 10, 2016

Flashback Friday: The Tennis Advantage

I posted this on our family homestead blog and thought would share it here as well.  If you play tennis then you may relate to this story.  Happy Friday!

New blog post – http://goo.gl/BCNuQN #FBF #Tennis #USTA #HBCU #BlackTennis #Recreation #RaceRelations #AmericanTennisAssociation #Gullah

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 8, 2016

Friendly Fowl

It’s been really busy around here lately.  The incubator has been on steady for several weeks, chicks have hatched and we bought ducklings.  Sadly we lost two grown hens and one rooster.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 3, 2016

South Carolina State University

Source: South Carolina State University

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 1, 2016

Santee State Park: Rustic Beauty

The State Park system is one of the wonderful gifts from a state to its citizens.  These places are natural refuges or historical sites, or both.  They provide us with places to go and whether near or far from our homes, to experience nature or history anew.  This park is only a short drive from my hometown, Orangeburg, South Carolina.  It is along the shore of Lake Marion where some of the best fishing in the southeastern United States can be done. Fishing is one of the reasons my family went to the park.  Many a Saturday my father took my brother and me out to fish at Santee.  Our fishing canes, dad’s rod and reel, container of worms, and another of crickets we caught in the yard just before leaving, a cooler or a string to put our catch on and great anticipation of the fun we would have. 

The park was also the location of many events sponsored by organizations. Annual cookouts and picnics were held there.  There was a mini golf course I enjoyed and paddle boats to rent and later a playground.  In one occasion I walked the naure trail with a group and saw more of the park that I’d ever seen before.

During visit my father shared about his work at the park.  During the 1960s he was director of a program called Operation Mainstream.  One of the jobs O.M. did was clearing certain areas in the property of Santee State Park.  He told me if a lake that mysteriously disappeared and if a very old tree that was uncovered.  The reason for the disappearance of the lake was not determined. 

State Parks have programs and classes to teach us about the nature and history of the area. Rangers are on hand and often additional staff in some parks to give tours and talks.  The park nearest my home is Hunting Island State Park and there are many activities available for the public to participate in. 

Over the years we have enjoyed including park programs into our homeachool year.  These programs meet many academic standards for science and history or social studies.  A state park pass is a valuable resource to aid in learning or leisure.  Please support and visit your state park and those of other states as, often as possible. Enjoy nature found there, go bird watching, study the tribes that lives or still live in that area, paddle the waterways, home the trails, camp in the campground, study and the trees, fish, swim, relax and gain an appreciation for creation and the Creator. 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 11, 2015

Books by Theme: National Grandparents Day and Back to School

National Grandparents Day is September 13th and as I thought about my grandparents and now being a grandparent, I pondered books my family enjoys that feature at least one character who is a strong grandparent. I also noticed some of them have many themes with children in attending school so I made a list featuring a combination of school and grandparents. One of our all-time favorites is A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck and it is number one on the list. It is a delightfully funny and charming story featuring Grandma Dowdel as the main character. There are so many laughs to be had as you discover what happens when Mary Alice leaves Chicago to spend a year with her gruff grandmother. It has a very tender ending that I will not reveal. You may see some of your family favorites on our list. Some of the books were read individually while others were read aloud and others are most enjoyed via audio book. Share some of yours if you would

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Our List:
**A Long Way from Chicago, and A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck features Grandma Dowdel
***Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and Let the Circle be Unbroken, by Mildred D. Taylor features Big Ma
***Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan features Gram (a great-grandmother)
***Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech features the Moreys
*Bloomability, by Sharon Creech
* Wonder Hardcover by R. J. Palacio
*Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
*The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
*Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (Home School)
* From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
*Summerhill Secrets, Volume 1: Whispers Down the Lane/Secret in the Willows/Catch a Falling Star/Night of the Fireflies/A Cry in the Dark (Summerhill Secrets 1-5) by Beverly Lewis
*Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene
*Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
*The Giver, by Lois Lowry
*School theme, **Strong Grandparent figure or (elder person(s) who take on care of children)
***School and Strong Grandparent figure(s)

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | August 21, 2015

Traditional Lowcountry Meal: Shrimp and Okra

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Shrimp and okra, a delicious combination.  There is some fat back in there too, but bacon works just as good.

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Gotta have rice too!

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Okra plants with beautiful blossoms.

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Okra ready to be cut.

In the Lowcountry Shrimp dishes are very common and in the Gullah tradition shrimp and okra is expected.  The two main ingredients are harvested in the same season and it’s perfect to prepare the dish during that time.  We are fortunate to be able to going shrimping and grow our on okra and together they are so delicious!
This meal was common among slaves who knew of okra from West African countries like Sierra Leone.  Most West African coastal countries also had a strong rice culture. They were sought after and brought to the coastal south largely because of their skill of cultivating rice.  South Carolina was the largest producer of rice at one time, the variety became known as Carolina Gold.  When possible slaves harvested whatever food they, could from the local creeks and the sea shore.  Shrimp, crab, and a variety of fish became a supplement to their slave rations.  So, combine the common crops rice, okra with shrimp and bits of pork they were allowed and it became a meal passed down through generations.  Okra was also combined with other vegetables and any bits of meat to make stews and gumbo.  That served with rice and a side if cornbread makes a hearty meal.

So if you are wondering what to do with all the okra you planted or were given from a friend, try Shrimp and okra over rice and you won’t regret it.

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