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Patawpha Fest Spring Celebration Is Here!

Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather with us for the second annual Patawpha Fest Spring Celebration TODAY going on all afternoon/evening and enjoy the best local music, food and art that Oxford has to offer! We’ve got a great line-up of musicians scheduled (see below), with other performances by Darkfire, Laff Co Comedy Troupe, Theater Oxford and readings by local poets throughout the day/night. There will also be a host of vendors selling food, freshly-picked produce, art, crafts and more! 

1:00- Open mic featuring Mark Walsh, Sean Hendley and more!

2:00 PM – Elephant Shoe

2:45 PM – Cakewalkers

4:00 PM – Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door

5:15 PM – Shannon McNally

6:30-8:00 PM – Silas Read & Da Books/Zephyr Ellis

8:00 PM Until  – Drum Circle Bonfire Jam

  

Shuttles are provided from town by Rebel Ride - with pick-ups and drop-offs at the old WalMart parking lot and the Conference Center at 3, 5, 7 and 9 PM. Or pack a cooler, a blanket and your friends/family into the car to drive out yourself. See bottom of post for directions …

Did we mention that this is all FREE!?  On-site camping is available and Patawpha Fest is both kid and pet friendly – though dogs should be kept on a leash and children in eyes reach.

If you haven’t signed up for your 2011 CSA share, you can do so at Patawpha Fest and get a free festival t-shirt!

It’s going to be a great GREEN WEEK so get out and make the most of these amazing events the City of Oxford and the UM Office of Sustainability have planned for you starting today with workshops at the Conference Center, a Green Home Tour and PATAWPHA FEST 2011!

Hope to see you all today at the farm!

 

Directions to Yokna Bottoms Farm, 26 County Road 471.

From Oxford: ~ 10 min

-         Take MS-7 S for 6.2 miles

-         Turn left onto CR-420 (just before MS-7 and MS-9 split) – no street sign but look for farm sign

-         Turn left onto Bell River Rd (CR-471) at T – another farm sign

-         Continue onto CR-471 to 26 County Road 471 on left-hand side

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Second Annual Patawpha Fest – Saturday, April 16!

Patawpha Fest is Almost Here!

~ Saturday, April 16 fr. 2 pm Til ~

A spring celebration of local food, music and art 

at Yokna Bottoms Farm

 

 

2011 Line-Up

Elephant Shoe

Shannon McNally

Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door

Zephyr Ellis

The Cakewalkers

Silas Reed & Da Books

Darkfire

Laff Co. Comedy Troupe

Theatre Oxford

Mark Walsh, Nathan Richardson,

Sean Hendley and more …

 

There will also be readings of poetry and prose by local writers between sets, dance routines, comedy and non-stop entertainment throughout the day. Be sure to come on out and spend the day with us at Yokna Bottoms Farm. Shuttles will be provided from the old Wal-Mart Parking Lot and the Convention Center at 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM.

Last year, the inaugural Patawpha Fest in May was a huge success with over ten local bands and musicians performing throughout the day while dozens of farmer’s market vendors and local artists tabled their produce and crafts. The Larry Tyler Band started things off nice and easy and as the afternoon sun got hotter so did the music, capping off with a Zephyr Ellis/Silas Reed finale going well into the evening.

Check out some photos (and a couple more) from last year as well as our 2010  line-up.

This year, Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm is partnering with the City of Oxford and the University of Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability to promote Green Week 2011 (April 15-22). We’re excited to be a part of the Green Week Kickoff celebration on April 16th, beginning with workshops at the convention center in the morning, followed by green home tours and then Patawpha Fest 2011 from 2:00 PM on.

The music will begin at 2:00 pm and keep on going until sunset as we then transition into our first full moon drum circle bonfire of the season – which should keep us up dancing long after the sun goes down. The event is FREE and open to the public, though donations will be encouraged at the entrance. Bring a blanket, some lawn chairs, a cooler and most importantly, good friends to enjoy what we expect to be a wonderful day. For the evening drum circle, bring any acoustic instrument you have and if you don’t play – no worries, just bring your dancing feet and clapping hands! Patawpha Fest is definitely kid and pet friendly, though we ask you to keep your dogs on a leash and your children in eye’s reach. On-site camping is available!

If you are a grower, an artist or have a craft you would like to sell at Patawpha Fest then contact us at yoknabottoms@gmail.com.

Come on out TOMORROW and help us celebrate all things local –

including YOU (if only for the day)!

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Green Week 2011 Is Almost Here!

We’re gearing up for a great week of events planned from April 16-22 (see below) for Oxford’s 2011 GREEN WEEK!

Start it all off with a Friday night vegetarian pot-luck you won’t want to miss, hosted by The Honey Bee Bakerythere’s a very good chance it’ll be the best food you’ll eat all month!

Saturday, April 16 is the official Kick-Off to Green Week with a line-up of speakers at the Conference Center all morning – including Felder Rushing of the Gestalt Gardener – followed by a green home tour and then make your way out to Yokna Bottoms Farm for Patawpha Fest, the annual music, food and art spring festival celebrating all things local and good. Shuttles will be provided at 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM from the old WalMart parking lot and the Conference Center. Did we mention it is FREE! And when the music dies down, a giant bonfire will ignite a night of drumming and dancing. On site camping is available.

And we’re just getting started; relax on Sunday after partying it up at Patawpha Fest with a Green Brunch back at Honey Bee Bakery highlighting locally produced food and then swing on over to the Oxford Community Garden for a social amongst the sprouts! Monday, be sure to pack your brown bag and head over to the Barnard Observatory on campus for an Eat Local Panel Discussion moderated by John T Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Tuesday students get involved at the Sustainability Fair at the Ole Miss Student Union and Wednesday the community will recognize it’s sustainable leaders the annual SLA awards held in Off-Square Books followed by a great documentary “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” shown outdoors by Ronzo at the Main Squeeze. And if you haven’t already done so, make your reservations at The Ravine for the Green Week wine dinner. The week wraps up on Good Friday with Parks Appreciation Day and the Green Week Fun Run 5k (starting at the Whirlpool Trail). Visit your favorite local park and enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family and for more music, Oxford’s Skate Park will be having demos, music and food all afternoon long. Phew! And we didn’t even COME CLOSE to listing everything going on, from the Aluminum Show on Tuesday night to great events for the kids all week long!

Shoot, just check out the week’s overview and make your own plans – there is just so much going on!

Check out the official GREEN WEEK site for more information on all events happening. Start marking your calendars now because there is going to be a whole lot going in that you won’t want to miss.

We hope to see you at as many of these events as possible! Get out and support your community and the local individuals, businesses and organizations who help to make it what it is!

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Patawpha Fest Line-Up Announced …

Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm will be hosting the second annual Patawpha Fest as part of Oxford’s Green Week 2011 in Saturday, April 16 from 2:00 PM til!

Last year, the inaugural Patawpha Fest in May was a huge success with over ten local bands and musicians performing throughout the day while dozens of farmer’s market vendors and local artists tabled their produce and crafts. The Larry Tyler Band started things off nice and easy and as the afternoon sun got hotter so did the music, capping off with a Zephyr Ellis/Silas Reed finale going well into the evening.

The music will begin at 2:00 pm and keep on going until sunset as we then transition into our first full moon drum circle bonfire of the season – which should keep us up dancing long after the sun goes down. The event is FREE and open to the public, though donations will be encouraged at the entrance. Bring a blanket, some lawn chairs, a cooler and most importantly, good friends to enjoy what we expect to be a wonderful day. For the evening drum circle, bring any acoustic instrument you have and if you don’t play – no worries, just bring your dancing feet and clapping hands! Patawpha Fest is definitely kid and pet friendly, though we ask you to keep your dogs on a leash and your children in eye’s reach. On site camping is available.

 

If you are a food vendor, grower,  artist or have a craft you would like to sell at Patawpha Fest then contact us at yoknabottoms@gmail.com.

There will be several bands returning from last year’s festival with some exciting new additions to the day’s line-up! In no particular order, the following will be performing this year …

Elephant Shoe

Shannon McNally

Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door

Zephyr Ellis

The Cakewalkers

Silas Reed & Da Books

Darkfire

Mark Walsh, Sean Hendley and more ..

There will also be readings of poetry and prose by local writers between sets, dance routines, comedy and non-stop entertainment throughout the day. Be sure to come on out and spend the day with us at Yokna Bottoms Farm. Shuttles will be provided from the old Wal-Mart Parking Lot and the Convention Center at 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM.

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Miss-i-Sippin’ @ The Powerhouse!

If you are free Thursday night after Thacker Mountain Radio (which you won’t want to miss if you’re a fan of Kevin Larkin’s one-man band Pineross), swing by the Powerhouse for the Miss-i-sippin Beer & Food Tasting from 7-9 PM for one of the most popular Yoknapatawpha Arts Council fundraisers of the year! The University of Mississippi’s Chef Lee Craven and other local chefs will be cooking up some tasty treats using produce fromYokna Bottoms Farm as well as Native Son Farm and Isis Gardens of Tupelo to promote the nascent North Mississippi Hill Country Organics cooperative

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Gaining Ground in Mississippi

We would like to pass along a few brief words about an organization we hope you will consider supporting. The Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi (GGSIM) is an educational, research and outreach center in Starkville, MS dedicated to “providing opportunities for individuals, students, entrepreneurs, families, and communities to learn, to experience first-hand, and to find new ways in improving their lives through sustainable choices.”
 
We are proud to represent the Oxford area as a part of GGSIM and are looking forward to presenting at their upcoming conference (see below). In addition, we’re hoping to have a small meeting here in Oxford sometime in March for all those interested in bringing more events and increased awareness to Lafayette County in conjunction with GGSIM. If you are interested in joining us, please email yoknabottoms@gmail.com.

Ready to get started right away?!
 
Below are ten simple and easy ways for you to be involved with Gaining Ground!
 
1) Publicity: write articles, write a blog, check and proof content of website, etc.

2) Mapping Mississippi: Help us get as many sustainable businesses, organizations, etc on our map, see: http://www.ggsim.org/sustainable-mississippi

3) Facebook: Help us keep a constant flow of good posts (news, projects, events, recipes, etc)

4) Annual Journal: We are working on getting an annual sustainability journal going. Help us find writers for articles, or write one yourself.

5) Making Movies: We are working on shooting instructional short films. You can help produce, shoot, find interesting projects, etc.

6) Presenter: We always need presenters at different venues. Would you like to make yourself available to speak in your capacity

7) Workshops: Would you like to lead a workshop?

8 ) Annual Conference: We need help organizing our 2012 conference

9) Host Site: Would you like to show off your great achievements and become a host site for our farm and energy tours

10) Board Member: Would you like to join our board of directors, or become a regional director?
 
 
In addition, there are several upcoming events that Gaining Ground is either involved in or putting on that we want you to be aware of:
 
~*~ Feb 17 & 18 – Hands-on Growing Power training featuring Will Allen and Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture   (1502 Lake Street, Shelby, MS)    (662) 402-4798 www.ggsim.org/learn-experience/workshops/growing-power-flyer
 
~*~ Feb 18 & 19 – MS Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conf. (Mound Bayou, MS) Theme: Growing New Farmers     (662) 402-4798

~*~ Feb 19 & 20 – Gaining Ground Sustainable Living Conference (Hattiesburg, MS)  www.ggsim.org/learn-experience/conferences

~*~ Feb 25 & 26 – Saving Rural America & Youth Conference  (Louisville, MS) www.wcshc.com

~*~ March 28 – Small Farmers Conference (Alcorn State University, Hattiesburg , MS) www.smallfarmersconference.org/

In the words of Gaining Ground, “this institute can only grow and flourish in the nurturing hands of engaged citizens”. Join us and them and help make Mississippi, our country and our world a better place.

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Vegetarian Potluck at the Farm!

Looking for a bright spot on your dreary January calendar?

Come to the vegetarian potluck tonight from 6:30-9:30 PM! Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm will be hosting the potluck, so come on by for some of the best food you’ll eat all month and to hear more about our 2011 CSA shares! We’re so fortunate to have such a great community of individuals right here in Oxford and sincerely hope that you all can work it out to come by tonight, even if only to drop in and say hello. Bring the whole family, bring your colleagues and friends – but most importantly of all, be sure to bring your appetite.

For directions to the farm and more information about the potluck and the Oxford Community Vegetarian group, visit their Facebook page.

In addition, all attending are asked to bring:
- a vegan or vegetarian dish to share
- something to drink
- family and friends

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Taylor Holiday Market This Saturday!

Come visit us this Saturday from 10-3 pm at the Taylor Holiday Market and get some more of that great, local goodness we’re growing! Broccoli, cabbage, turnips, collards, radishes, onions and more!

From our friends in Taylor …

Happy Holidays Everyone! Our much anticipated Taylor Holiday Market and Parade kicks off this Saturday at 10 a.m. and goes until 3, when the parade starts. This year promises to be the best yet, with about 20 vendors with everything from inexpensive teachers’ gifts and stocking stuffers to heirloom pieces. Your favorite market vendors and new vendors will have holiday ornaments, children’s clothes and accesories, jewelry, photography, aromatherapy, soaps, unique pincushions, blacksmith home and garden accesories and much more.
 
Plus as always, we will have a fabulous selection of fall produce, such as cabbage, broccoli, turnips, lettuce, arugula, mustard greens, collards, cilantro, chard, honey and much more, not to mention baked goods that you can eat now or freeze for your next holiday gathering- pies, breads, hummus, tapenades, pestos, preserves and more.
 
The Yes, Virginias will start at 10:30 and provide the perfect soundtrack to the day with Christmas pop and originals that will have you rockin’ around the Christmas Tree. If you haven’t caught this cheeky holiday band, you are in for a treat! Then members of The Cakewalkers will take us up to Parade Time, and talk about a treat- you’ll never see a more original and fun parade, and The Yes, Virginias will appear there too. Meanwhile, Tin Pan Alley and artists Alice Hammell and Obie Clark will be having open house and studio events, and of course, Emileigh’s Table has a full breakfast and lunch.
 
The most festive place to be this Saturday is in Taylor, and we can’t wait to see all of you! From all of us at the Taylor Farmers’ Market, may all the blessings of the Season be with you and yours

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Today at Tallulah’s!

Come visit us again TODAY

for your last chance to get

Fresh, Local & Organic Produce

from Yokna Bottoms Farm

Friday, 11/19 fr. 4:00-6:00 PM

Next to Tallulah’s Kitchen on University Ave.

*Also this week, we’ll have

local honey, homemade soap, breads, hummus,
butternut squash, herbs and eggs

from our Taylor Farmer’s Market friends

and will be joined by Native Son Farm of Tupelo, MS!

 

 
We will be back again at Tallulah’s for the FINAL TIME this Friday from 4-6 PM with even more delicious fall vegetables! Come early to make sure you get the best selection. In addition, it will be getting darker and colder sooner this weekend so we’ll once again have hot apple cider available to warm you up on the inside – but don’t be a silly kitten and forget your mittens! Come buy local and support fresh, organically grown produce that’s good for you, your family and your community! Help us spread the word by telling your lovers and friends to come on by as well! Need still more reason to come out?! In addition, some of our  friends from the Taylor Farmer’s Market will be joining us this Friday so if you are missing (or have missed out on) the TFM then come on by and say hello while checking out locally-made soaps from Cypress Lake, honey from Mardis farms as well as baked goods, hummus, fresh free-range eggs and more from Taylor Creek Farm as well as incredible veggies from Native Son Farm of Tupelo, MS.

 
This Week’s Harvest
 
We will be back at Tallulah’s this Friday from 4-6 PM as our fall produce is still going strong! Remember, if you were a shareholder current with their hours/payments at the end of September then you are entitled to two free shares this season if you’d like. However, anyone at all can come and purchase some of our freshly picked produce so please feel free to spread the word or come yourself even if we haven’t seen you in a while! If you ever get a hankering for fresh greens now is the time to come see us and get it while it lasts! For those that wish to have fresh, local and organic produce here in Oxford come by and show your support! Our collards are extremely high quality and a deep shade of green you don’t see in supermarkets, the cabbage heads are absolutely beautiful and our broccoli is breath-taking … and all of these can be on your plate just hours after having been rooted in soil. Straight from farm to table – can’t get any fresher than that!  
 
- Broccoli
- Cabbage
- Radishes (four different varieties)
- Spinach
- Collards
- Swiss Chard
- Kale
- Green Onions
- Mesclun Mix Salad Greens (Kale, Arugula & Assorted Lettuce)
- Turnips
- Mustard Greens
- Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
- Fresh Herbs: Oregano, Mint, Rosemary, Cilantro 

Also, this week from Native Son Farms in Tupelo, MS you can pick up some of their wonderful produce as well, including; Red leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, Lacinato Kale, Red Russian Kale, Mesclun, Asian Salad, Sweet Hakurei Turnips, Watermelon radishes, Rainbow Chard, Heirloom Beets, Baby Arugula, Savoy Leaf Spinach, Braising Mix, Napa Cabbage, Bok Choi and Carrots!
 

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On the Beet …

As part of an ongoing mixed-media project, University of Mississippi Prof. of Journalism Ellen Meacham brought two classes of Ole Miss journalism students out to Yokna(patawpha) Bottoms Farm to discuss organic and sustainable agriculture from a local perspective.

Once completed, we hope to share several examples of their finished products with you all! For now, below are a few photos we took of the roving reporters while they were visiting us last week.  

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We’ve had a blast working with students of all ages, from this summer’s Rebel Quest visit to the Quitman County gifted program that came by as part of a research trip designed to help them eventually develop their very own community garden!

If you are a teacher, or know of one, who may be interested in visiting Yokna Bottoms, having us come into your class to talk with the students or perhaps starting a garden or composting program of your own at the the school then shoot us an email at yoknabottoms@gmail.com – we’d love to help and connect our next generation with the land they live on! Campus or classroom gardens are a growing phenomena and just what Mississippi schools need – so plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.

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