Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Rainwater Harvesting Presentation at Georgia Organics Conference

Fresh water for growing healthy food is increasing in importance as demand for fresh water expands and climate conditions change.  Attend this year's Georgia Organics conference in Athens and learn how a 6,000 gallon gravity-fed rainwater system irrigates 1/2 acre of vegetable production at Ladybug Farms.  Nate Downey of Permadesign New Mexico will be co-presenting and sharing insights from his many years of experience working with clients in the Desert Southwest. Permaculture concepts such as earth berms, diversions, rainwater harvesting and more will be highlighted. For more information please visit https://conference.georgiaorganics.org







Friday, November 28, 2014

Stacks Art & Artists Loft Tour

Come test your Healthy Food IQ at the 8th annual Stacks Loft Tour held in Cabbagetown on Saturday, December 6 from 1-8 pm. NEW from Ladybug Farms this year will be the addition of super nutritious Fermented Veggies (loaded with probiotics); as well as farm fresh goodies made from Beets, Ginger, Turmeric, Honey and Garlic.  A nice selection of the ever popular Bread & Butter Pickles, Pickled Okra, Wild Blackberry Jam and more will also be available for purchase. For more information and directions, please go to the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StacksLoftTour  Hope to see you at the Tour.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Georgia Organics Sound Ingredient: KALE!

Ladybug Farms was recently interviewed by Georgia Organics as part of their new Farmer Education Audio Series - "Sound Ingredient".  Ladybug Farms favorite crop "KALE"  was highlighted because of its exceptional nutritional value, ease of growing in our cool, moist mountain climate and marketability to high-end chefs.  Check out the interview at: https://georgiaorganics.org/2014/11/sound-ingredient-kale/ and Don't forget to Eat your Kale!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweet Potato Farm to School Taste Test

Ladybug Farms joined up with Chef Ryan Spruhan of the Lake Rabun Hotel to offer a Sweet Potato Fry Taste Test to 440 Rabun County Elementary students.  Students tasted a baked sweet potato fry and then were asked to vote on if they would like to see that item on their lunch tray in the future.  The feedback was an overwhelming YES! with several comments such as "I don't like sweet potatoes, but these are really good!"  Earlier the morning of the taste test all the students at Rabun Elementary were shown a Video of Sweet Potato Digging at Ladybug Farms which you can watch at http://youtu.be/AfpU85UFxKo  The taste test was part of the Northeast Georgia Farm to School program sponsored by Georgia Organics.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Farm Partner with Dave Matthews Band

At the recent Dave Matthews Band performance at Lakewood Ampitheater in Atlanta, Georgia Ladybug Farms was invited to partner with the Atlanta Community Food Bank as their Featured Farmer within the Eco-Village they set up at the entrance to their concert. This program was established by REVERB and in 2013 raised over $100K nationwide for Local Farms and Community Food Banks.  Volunteers collect donations for refillable Brita water bottles at the concert, the money is directed to the Farm who then donate produce in kind throughout the growing season to the Food Bank partner.  For more information check out http://www.reverb.org/DMB/farmfood.html.

In addition, Clayton's Main Street Farmers Market supplied a variety of items for the Dave Matthews Band and Crew as part of their Farm to Stage program while they performed in Atlanta.   Produce, cornmeal, gluten-free muffins, artisan bread, honey, and seasoned salts were provided by Ladybug Farms, Long Cane Farms, Sylvan Falls Mill, Basecamp Bakery, Paul's Pretty Good Honey and RT Zen.  For more information about the Main Street Farmers Market check out  https://www.facebook.com/msfmclayton.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

USDA Innovations Field Day

This field day at Ladybug Farms on Saturday, June 29 from 9-3 will highlight progressive on-farm technology involving gravity-fed irrigation systems, a passive solar sunroom and portable electric fencing for deer/bear control.  Doug Towery from NRCS will update attendees on USDA resources, representatives from Georgia Organics will present on local and statewide nutrition initiatives and Terri Jagger Blincoe of Ladybug Farms will conduct farm tours and discuss pest management tips and tricks. 

This event is FREE and Open to the Public and will take place Rain or Shine!  Optional local farm-fresh lunch (registration needed in advance - $5 pay at the "door") provided by Fromage.  To register, please visit  http://georgiaorganics.org/goevent/innovations-in-organic-farming/

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Passive Solar Sunspace

Been hard at work on a passive solar sunspace to start the farm seedlings.  Oriented to the South and protected from the Northwest winds, the space has a gravel floor and several 50 gallon water barrels to collect daytime heat and release at night and includes a wall of doubled paneled windows repurposed from the Clayton Habitat for Humanity Store to maximize sunlight.  We held a small Blessing Ceremony on February 2 - in the midst of a snow storm!  Ha - Mother Nature has a sense of humor :)