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Road Trip.

Dec 02, 2010


I'm ridiculously excited. I'm taking a road trip--by myself! I'm heading up to Winston-Salem, NC for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sustainable Agriculture Conference. What's even more exciting than the fact that I received a "Beginning Farmer" scholarship that covers the cost of the conference--I am spending two (yes, TWO) nights in a hotel. Alone.

No little boy whining when I make him turn off the Wii.

No girlie talking my ears off about her NEED for a horse.

No college boy calling for cash. (Actually, I suppose he can still call me...but my phone will be off the majority of the time.)

No pups whining at 7 a.m. to go out. No cats meowing at 7 a.m. to be fed.

No hubby snoring in my ear. (Sorry, honey...I'm just looking forward to a good night's sleep.)

Actually... sounds a little lonely.

I can't remember the last time I've been away from my family. I think it might have been the Great College Tour I took with Tyler a few years ago, but still--I was on serious Mom-Duty. Airports. Colleges. Auditions. Schedules. It was nutty.

While it feels very self-indulgent to attend the conference, I 'm excited for all of the workshops--there's still so much to learn, and CFSA recruited the cream-of-the-crop (pardon the pun) to lead the sessions. In case you aren't familiar with CFSA, the organization is devoted to helping "people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating and organizing farmers and the communities they serve."

Pretty noble organization, huh?

So, my friends, I'm off to pack my bag for my Mommy/Farmer road trip. I hope I remember how to make conversation with grown-ups. I think I'll brush up on the varieties of tomatoes I grow, just in case...

Tomorrow, though...I'm learning about mushrooms. My new, cute little netbook and I will fill you in on the exciting happenings of the CFSA conference throughout the weekend, so stay tuned! 

I just wish I could clone myself so that I could attend all of the workshops and events. 

So much to learn, so little time...

Happy Friday!

XO ~



Have a great and safe trip Julie. Tell us about it when you get back.....Your neighbor, Everett.
Thank you, Everett! It was a fabulous conference...but my brain is tired! I'm sorting through all kinds of notes from the sessions and workshops I attended and hope to do some writing tomorrow. Do you know Tradd Cotter? He's a mushroom superstar in SC (Liberty, I think?) I attended his workshop and am now completely obsessed with learning to grow mushrooms! I wish I had a clone--or several--because there were so many amazing sessions and I couldn't attend them all. Highly recommend the CFSA conference if you ever have a chance to attend. Hope you had a lovely weekend! Julie
Mushroom Mountain. I've been to the website several times. Growing mushrooms intrigues me and it's on my to do list for one of these days. It's one of those things like making yogurt or cottage cheese, it's not that difficult but we're so used to just going to the market.
Hi Julie, sounds as though you had a great time and learnt lots of new stuff - looking forward to some great posts about it all. gillian

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