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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Permaculture Gardening

EARTH MATTERS offers classes, workshops and consultation in growing your own food, creating edible landscapes, and living more simply. It believes that both the earth and people benefit when homes, schools and communities grow what they deserve: clean, nutritious, and seasonal food. It also demonstrates how to turn “less is more” into a satisfying way of life. Dr. Charlie Headington conducts Permaculture gardening workshops at his home, directs school garden gardening prgrams, and teaches courses in sustainability and simple living at UNC-Greensboro. In the Permaculture Gardening workshop you learn to: Garden in all four seasons Grow 15 kinds of fruit in your backyard Select the right fruits and vegetables Cultivate soil by sheet-mulching, not tilling Build inexpensive, self-maintaining ponds Compost all through the garden Find the best plants, books, resources Enjoy a low-maintenance, productive garden Email Charlie Headington at

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tea Tree

Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

This is a powerfully scented cleanser soap with tea tree essential oil.
This variety is currently only available at the farm, on our website or at Krankies Farmers Market.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Big Sweep

The 2010 Big Sweep waterway cleanup is on Saturday, October 2 from 9AM until 12:30 PM. We participate yearly by cleaning Buffalo Creek and the creeks that feed Buffalo Creek in our area. If interested in volunteering in Winston-Salem, contact Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful at 336.771.5161 or 336.403.7824 or email Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful.
If interested in volunteering in Stokes County, contact Sara Jo Durham at 336.593.2846 Ext. 3 If you cannot participate in the cleanup on October 3, you may schedule another day and/or time that is convenient for you and your group.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Priddy’s General Store Presents The 9th Annual PICKIN’ AT PRIDDY’S Every Saturday in October October 2……………..TBA October 9………………Blues Creek October 16…………… Henry Mabe & Friends October 23…………….Heather Berry & Tony Mabe October 30…………….Travis Frye & Blue Mountain (Kids Halloween Costume Contest & Enter your Jack-o-Lantern too!) Music is from 3:00 until 5:30 pm. Bring a friend and a chair and enjoy bluegrass music the old fashioned way at Priddy’s General Store.
Enjoy an Old Time Auction during the band’s break at 4pm. (PROCEEDS HELP NEEDY FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS).
This event is great small town fun for the whole family to enjoy and do not forget your dancing shoes!! Priddy’s General Store 2121 Sheppard Mill Road Danbury, NC 27016 Phone: (336) 593–8786 Live Local Bluegrass Music At It’s Finest !!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Toby's Dog Soap

Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

Toby's Dog Soap has woodsy scent. Made from: Goat's milk, saponified oils (soybean, olive, safflower, canola) using sodium hydroxide, oatmeal, aloe vera, borax, sugar, glycerin and essential oils (peppermint, lavender, tea tree, cedarwood). This variety is currently only available at the farm, on the website or at Krankies Farmers Market.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Get Ready. Get Set. Go to the Dixie Classic Fair

Get Ready. Get Set. Go to the Dixie Classic Fair October 1 – 10, 2010! This year marks the 128th Anniversary of what is revered as the 50th largest fair in North America and the second largest in North Carolina! It’s the Dixie Classic Fair – 10 consecutive days of UNLEASHED excitement like no year before. 2010 brings a new and exciting line up of national acts and entertainment (with some old favorites, too), more fabulous Fair food, Blue Ribbon competitions, games of chance, thrilling rides and amazing animals. Yup, from 4-H livestock and the petting zoo to pig races, there’s plenty of UNLEASHED entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Averaging 325,000 thrill-seeking visitors each year, Dixie Classic Fair is an annual event that brings families and friends together every fall. Laugh, win, dance and play – no holding back!

Friday, September 24, 2010


Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

This is a scented, gentle facial cleanser soap with dried cucumber peel and cucumber essential oil.
This variety is currently only available at the farm, on our website or at Krankies Farmers Market.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Join the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association for a special harvest festival celebrating local, sustainable farms! Tantalize your taste buds with mouthwatering seasonal cuisine, produced in the Upstate, prepared and served by the area’s finest chefs. There will be tours of charming Patient Wait Farm, live music, and children’s activities, so bring your friends and family for an unforgettable evening of farm-fresh fun! Adults: $45 -Children ages 5-10: $15 - Children under 5: Free admission Purchase your tickets in advance! Tickets are limited and may not be available at the gate. Buy your tickets today! Featured Chefs & restaurants American Grocery, Chef Joe Clarke - Greenville, SC Soby's, Chef Shaun Garcia - Greenville, SC Summa Joe's Searing Pans, Chef Joe Fredette - Anderson, SC The Broken TeaPot, Chef Suni McMath - Woodruff, SC Desserts by: Marvelous Pies, Lisa Marvel - Traveler's Rest, SC Confections by: CocoBon Chocolatier, David Saidat - Anderson, SC More chefs COMING SOON! Other fun stuff: 30 Minute Walking Tours of Patient Wait Farms - Tours will begin at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Guests interested in the tours should meet at the house 10 minutes prior to tour time. Children's tent with activities and crafts Live music featuring the bluegrass stylings of Anderson's acclaimed This House Burning (a fun review of the band appeared in the Aug. 12th Anderson Independent Mail) Patient Wait Farm Featured in the premier issue of Edible Upcountry... Gail & Mike Cooley 309 Trotter Rd. Piedmont, SC 29673 Patient Wait Farm is long-time dream of a Jersey Girl who found home in the SC Upstate. Gail and her understanding husband/farm hand, Mike, strive to provide a sustainable farm with high quality products, animals and service to the community. It all began with a couple of horses in the pasture, a pet goat -- and a desire to take an active role in food choices and the enivronment. They started raising heritage turkeys after Gail searched in vain for a healthier (and tastier!) turkey raised in the Upstate to serve for Thanksgiving. When unable to purchase locally, and with a "can-do" attitude, the family embarked on a quest to not only raise their own holiday fare, but to share with the community. Now Patient Wait also provides local farmers an alternative to the broad-breasted production bird and helps the homesteader with raising their own poultry. Meet their Animal Welfare Approved birds at OktoberFresh! Directions From Interstate 85, take SC-8 towards Easley (exit 32). Travel 0.7 miles and take the first right onto Trotter Road. Travel 0.8 miles and look for Patient Wait Farms on the left. Attendants will guide you to a pasture on the left where there is plenty of parking - a short, non-strenuous walk to the festivities. The event is Rain or Shine. Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

Union Grove Feed, LLC 75th Anniversary

Union Grove Feed will celebrate their 75th anniversary on Saturday, September 25 from 8AM until 7PM in Union Grove, NC. There will be fun for the whole family to include tours of the mill, live entertainment and door prizes along with free food and refreshments. Visit their website for more information.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Organic Pest Control

On Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Rural Hall Branch Library, Forsyth Extension Agent, Craig Mauney will present a 1 to 1 1/2 hour presentation on Organic Pest Control as part of a Series of Home and Garden programs for the Fall 2010 Season. The Master Gardener Volunteers and Extension Agents will be presenting 28 programs in the 10 county libraries. The speakers are presenting 16 different topics that are timely for local gardeners. The Organic Gardener prefers to use natural and organic materials and methods to for pest control. Learn how to use the least amount of synthetic chemicals, and practices that may be detrimental to your health or environment. Join us to look pest control practices to work toward an integrated Pest Management Program. Event Location Rural Hall Library 7125 Broad Street Rural Hall, NC Contact Craig Mauney at (336) 703-2868

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GO Expo 2010

Announcing another local event for Buffalo Gal's Soap! Join us at GO Expo in the Benton Convention Center. We'll be in the Go Bloom section along with other local farmers.
The sustainability movement will come to the forefront in Winston-Salem on September 25 during the GO Expo, presented by Modern Automotive Group. Through workshops, presentations, exhibits and hands-on activities, the GO Expo will offer practical information on sustainable practices for residents, educators, business owners and building professionals. Highlights include a speech and book-signing by Sarah Susanka, author of the best-selling “The Not So Big House” series of books; the opportunity to test drive hybrid cars; a “green” house and a “green office” built on site that visitors can walk through; classes to satisfy credentialing requirements for architects, designers, builders, and engineers, and a U.S. Green Building Council exposition of the latest sustainable products and technologies. Workshops, presentations, and activities will show visitors how to incorporate sustainable principles and practices in eight areas of everyday life, including homes, schools, offices and businessses, neighborhoods, gardens and transportation. Admission is free. For more information visit

Monday, September 20, 2010


Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

This is a citrus scented, gentle skin cleanser soap with dried lemon peel and lemon essential oil.
This variety is currently only available at the farm, on our website or at Krankies Farmers Market.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Local Sustainability Festival

The Local Sustainability Festival will be held Saturday, September 25th, 2010 from 10:30 am-4:30pm at Hare Krishna Temple (1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge NC 27046) "Can Stokes County sustain its own needs?” will be discussed with specific focus on the following topics: food , shelter, energy, and employment. The following Local Speakers and Activists will each give a half hour presentation: Vivian and Randy Fulk- This couple have developed Medley Meadows in King where they operate a CSA, hold music festivals in their vineyard as well as promote agri-tourism in our county. Vivian regularly speaks on Climate change at Guilford College, A&T, UNCG and Wake Forest,where she was on the Sustainability Board. She had been on the board of directors for our Local Sierra Club and has worked with Al Gore in promoting awareness of Global Climate Change. Randy will be teaching An Introduction to Sustainable Surrey Community College.he is also an excellent musician, writing a lot of his own songs. John Hartman and Kay Ritchie- Growing Sorghum, A Three Way Crop This couple live near Danbury and have been living without electricity in their log cabin for as long as I've known them. They farm without tractors, using their horse team. John and Kay have been growing and processing Sorghum into molasses for about 10 years now. The seeds is a major grain crop in many parts of the world.Kay feeds it to their livestock including their milk cow, who is like part of the family to them. Winter squash is grown amongst the sorghum giving 3 crops in one field. Mathura and Aravinda -Trees That Will Feed Your Family For Generations Many of you already know my neighbor Mathura. He runs a CSA and lives in a cob house that he built from the mud on his land. He and his wife Chitra raise cows, goats, sheep and use horses as draft animals. Aravinda is new here.From West Virginia, he has a lot of experience growing Paw Paws and other easy care fruit and nut trees. Brian Heagney -Wild Food Hike-Brian's been studying this for a few years and hosts events where the group forages,then shares a meal. Here is a portion of his website devoted to this topic. Luke Staengl - Appropriate Use of BioFuels. Co-founder of the Bio-based Materials Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute,Luke has founded and served as chief executive officer for three companies involved in converting biomass to fuel, fiber, feed and other high value products. Please see his interesting resume (attached) and the website for his company PescoBeam Julie Johnson-"Who Lives Downstream From Your Energy?" In NC we have been blessed to not have the "resource" of coal underground. In Appalachia, thousands of communities are being threatened daily by the relentless extraction of coal. The most devastating form of coal mining is mountaintop removal, a process with which the coal industry has already blasted over 500 mountains and buried over 2000 miles of headwater streams. The EPA puts it like this: The impact of mountaintop removal on nearby communities is devastating. Dynamite blasts needed to splinter rock strata are so strong they crack the foundations and walls of houses. Mining dries up an average of 100 wells a year and contaminates water in others. In many coalfield communities, the purity and availability of drinking water are keen concerns. They will also serve a lunch prepared from locally grown food.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rock the Block - Today!

Join us in downtown Winston-Salem TODAY for the biggest end-of-summer street party yet! Rock the Block will have something for everyone.
Visit Buffalo Gal's Soap upstairs in the Benton Convention Center, where we will be joined by lots of other local crafters, including our web-nanny Dinner Time Chimes. Take a break from the other events, enjoy the air conditioning and do some shopping!

Friday, September 17, 2010


Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

This is a scented soap with a deep woodsy aroma soap with patchouli essential oil.
This variety is currently only available at the farm, on our website or at Krankies Farmers Market.

Apple Festival 2010

On Saturday, September 18, the Apple Festival will be held in Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem. Local orchards, handicraft demonstrations, and colonial re-enactors and music highlight this festival, as do horse-drawn wagon rides and colonial games. Make plans to attend from 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

5th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

The 5th annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will have a record twenty-four sites on the tour, including eight new farms! We are excited to be showcasing ten farms with sustainable and humane livestock operations, getting the word out about healthy, local meat options. We will have mushrooms and honeybees. On the urban scene, we are happy to welcome an urban mini-farm in Durham (Two Ton Farm) and the farm of the Inter Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh. These farms, along with the SEEDS Garden in Durham, highlight how lots can be grown on small acreage near the city and how youth can be engaged in the movement. Another newcomer to the tour this year is Durham County's newest goat dairy; located in Bahama, Prodigal Farm has 65 goats and a brand new milking parlor and cheesemaking building. And, of course, the tour includes a strong collection of vegetable and fruit producers, where foodies and growers can learn about organic and sustainable horticulture practices. Tour Brochure with Farm Descriptions and Map To Take the Tour: Load up a car with your friends and family , choose the farms on the map you'd like to visit and get out in the countryside! The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Eastern Triangle in Wake, Durham, Franklin and Chatham counties. Visit any farm in any order. And, don't forget to take a cooler so that you can take home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms! 1. Advance tickets are $25 per car for ALL farms. Buy now online. You can also purchase your tickets at the following locations: RALEIGH Whole Foods Market 3540 Wade Avenue Harmony Farms 5653 Creedmoor Road CARY Whole Foods Market 102B New Waverly Place DURHAM Whole Foods Market 621 Broad Street CHAPEL HILL Whole Foods Market 81 S. Elliott Road 2. DAY OF THE TOUR TICKETS are $30 for all farms, $10 per farm (Buy buttons at the first farm you visit.) To BE A PART of it: Volunteer one afternoon and attend the whole tour for FREE! Volunteers get an insider view of farms, have lots of fun and get a free T-shirt! Email Fred for more information. The tour is both an educational event and a fundraiser for CFSA, a 31-year old a non-profit organization that educates, inspires and organizes farmers and consumers to build a sustainable food system for the Carolinas. Whole Foods Market has been an essential partner in building the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour into a Triangle institution. Questions? Call CFSA 919.542.2402.


DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race with 4 dogs per team. Each dog jumps 4 hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Become An Organic Gardener!

Cooperative Extension Service: Become An Organic Gardener! The organic gardener prefers to use natural and organic materials and methods to grow vegetables, flowers and even the lawn. Learn how to use the least amount of synthetic chemicals, and what practices to avoid that may be harmful to your health or environment. Join us for this program to look at fertilization and pest control practices to work toward an integrated Pest & Fertilization Program or work toward an organic vegetable garden.
Forsyth Cooperative Extension Agent Craig Mauney will lead the program. Reynolda Manor Library Wednesday, September 22nd at 1:30 pm

New Calf!

We are proud to announce the birth of an IMZA Zebu heifer calf on Monday, September 13, to Sadler Place Bella and Lazy 5 Ranch Carl weighing in at 21 pounds.

Mom, Baby and Dad are doing well!

Rock the Block - Saturday!

Join us downtown on Saturday for Winston-Salem's biggest end-of-summer street party yet! Rock the Block will have something for everyone.
Visit Buffalo Gal's Soap upstairs in the Benton Convention Center, where we will be joined by lots of other local crafters, including our web-nanny Dinner Time Chimes from 11AM until 6PM. Take a break from the other events, enjoy the air conditioning and do some shopping!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival

33rd Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival sponsored by the Yadkin Arts Council. The festival will be held in downtown Yadkinville from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010. In addition to the food and craft vendors, the Harvest Festival stages will host local entertainers including area bands, cloggers, dancers, show choirs and more. Also, Yadkin Valley Idol finalists will take the main stage to compete for their chance to win cash prizes.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Orange Cranberry

Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

Orange Cranberry is a citrus scented, gentle scrubbing soap with dried orange peel and orange and cranberry essential oils.
This variety is currently only available at the farm, on the website or at Krankies Farmers Market in Winston-Salem.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rabies Vaccination Clinic - Stokes County

The last rabies clinic for the year will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 9 am until Noon at three locations: South Stokes Fire Department Francisco Fire Department Lawsonville Fire Department Cost is $8 cash only. Sponsored by the Stokes County Humane Society and the Stokes County Animal Shelter.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Master Gardener Fundraising Plant Sale

The 2010 Forsyth County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held Friday, Sept. 17, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale takes place rain or shine at the Forsyth County Agricultural Building, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem. Funds raised by this annual event support Master Gardener projects and outreach programs for adults and children in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand throughout the sale with advice on selecting and growing plants, which are donated by local nurseries and garden centers and by volunteers. The wide selection of plants usually includes perennials for sun and shade, native wildflowers and ferns, herbs, ground covers, trees, shrubs and roses. There will also be an assortment of large, potted mums. For those who want to shop over the lunch hour, grilled hot dogs, cold drinks and baked goods will be sold Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Event Location Forsyth County Agriculture Building 1450 Fairchild Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105 Contact Craig Mauney at (336) 703-2868 Event Sponsor Forsyth Cooperative Extension/Master Gardener Volunteers

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Growing Greener

Growing Greener: Celebrating Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability September 10th, 2010 - September 11th, 2010 Free - Fun Event at the N.C. Estuarium!Featuring: Displays, Music, Boat Rides, Free Samples of Locally-Grown Organic Produce and More CEFS and the 10% Campaign promotion! More Information Event Location N.C. Estuarium - 223 East Water Street Downtown Washington Washington, NC Contact Lori Brinn at (252) 948-0000 Event Sponsor Partnership for the Sounds

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

This is a scented, gentle facial cleanser soap with dried cucumber peel and cucumber essential oil.
This variety is currently only available at the farm, Krankies Farmers Market or on the website.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine's Tours

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine's (CVM) mission is to provide high-quality veterinary medical education, conduct state-of-the-art biomedical research, and provide diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our distinctive facilities, as well as the broad expertise of the faculty and veterinary medical staff of the college, present unique opportunities to foster and encourage students of North Carolina to consider careers in science or veterinary medicine. As such, the CVM is pleased to offer tours to elementary students through the Office of Continuing Education & Outreach. Tours will be composed of three segments: 1.A tour through the CVM Teaching Animal Unit - this segment will allow students to go on a walking tour of the live animal production facility that raises farm animals for the purpose of teaching veterinary students. Most common farm animal species raised in North Carolina will be visible, and they will change seasonally. This portion of the tour will be weather-permitting. 2.A visit to the Anatomy Lab - this segment will show students interesting anatomical models, discuss how domestic species are alike and different, and answer questions from the group (presentations will vary according to the age/grade or particular interests of the group). 3.A discussion of careers in veterinary medicine/science - this segment is designed to demonstrate the wide range of exciting career opportunities available to those who get a degree in veterinary medicine. Tours of the college will be offered each Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:00am There will be a maximum of 30 students and a minimum of 15 allowed on each tour. In addition, we require that there be a minimum of one adult for every five children in grades 4 & 5, and one adult for every four children in grades K-3. One major concern is the safety of the visitors as well as that of the animals. Children visiting the Teaching Animal Unit will be provided with shoe covers and will not come in direct contact with animals. Any adult/student who has visited a foreign country within the previous month will not be allowed to tour the animal facilities. There is no charge to schools for visiting the CVM. To request a tour, please call us at 919-513-6421.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lemongrass & Mint

Announcing another new goat's milk soap from Buffalo Gal's!

Lemongrass and Mint is a scented, gentle citrus scrubbing soap with dried lemongrass and lemongrass and mint essential oils. This variety is currently only available at the farm, Krankies Farmers Market or on the website.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Stokes Stomp

The Stokes County Arts Council will be presenting the 36th Annual Stokes Stomp, Festival on the Dan scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010 and Sunday, September 12, 2010. It will be held on the beautiful banks of the Dan River at Moratock Park, located on Sheppard Mill Road, in Danbury, North Carolina. Numerous food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and much, much more will be available! Admission and parking are free to the public. For more information, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or if interested in participating either as a vendor or volunteer, please contact via e-mail at

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rock the Block

Rock the Block is back and bigger than ever! This year, NBA star Chris Paul is teaming up with the city and the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership to stage Rock the Block with Chris Paul, Winston-Salem’s biggest end-of-summer street party yet, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in downtown Winston-Salem. “I'm excited about supporting Winston-Salem’s signature event,” Paul said. “The Chris Paul Community Stage will showcase the best in local Hip-Hop, Gospel, R&B, and comedy talent.” In sponsoring the Chris Paul Community Stage, Paul is building on the relationship he formed with Rock the Block organizers in 2006, when he helped open the Jazz/R&B stage while he was in town for a fund-raiser for his charitable foundation. Moving Rock the Block to Saturday this year will give people more things to do, allow more vendors to participate and provide more opportunity for families to attend. The children’s area is expanding and moving to the lower level of the Benton Convention Center, allowing kids to play in climate-controlled comfort, rain or shine. Kids can still play as much as they want for just $1. Upstairs, the convention center will have a free craft show with more than 30 local and regional crafters, cooking and fitness/dance demonstrations by Lowes Foods and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Best Health, and in the evening, a ticketed ($10) beach music concert featuring the Phase Band and the Catalinas. Along Fourth, Marshall, and Fifth Streets, Rock the Block will offer a free music on the Chris Paul Community Stage as well as three other stages presenting Rock & Blues, Country, the best Latino music in the Triad, a free BMX Bike show, a ticketed ($5) wine tasting festival, and food and merchandise vendors throughout the event.
Look for the Buffalo Gal's Soap & Dinner Time Chimes (our web-nanny) booth upstairs in the Benton Convention Center!