June 17, 2011 5:13:00 PM
Scott Enlow, USDA certified organic farmer and owner of Black Creek Farms, is the June 22 speaker at the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market Table Talk series.
Using Barbara Kingsolver''s 2007 "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" as the jumping-off point for his presentation, Enlow will discuss the increasing interest in local organically grown produce and how he and his family became involved in this rewarding enterprise.
As one of the only two certified organic growers in north Mississippi, Enlow is a regular at the Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market where he provides a host of certified organically grown vegetables: heirloom tomatoes, corn, butter beans, okra, garlic, onions and greens -- to name a few.
Kingsolver''s book recounts her family''s decision to become "locavores" -- those who follow the rhythmic patterns of seasonal crops and only eat food grown or raised locally.
Enlow said he has adopted that philosophy both with what he grows and what he buys. "If we don''t grow a certain vegetable ourselves, we always try to buy what we''re missing locally," Enlow said.
"If you''ve bought even a toe of garlic or a leaf of kale from Scott, you know he''s an engaging talker," related Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market Advisory Board Member Margo Bretz. "Kingsolver''s book and the speaker are very well matched, and I can''t wait to hear the whole story of how Scott and his wife Lydia became Columbus'' own pioneer organic farmers in the Kingsolver mode," she added.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea.
Table Talk is presented each Wednesday in June at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information on the series, contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
dean243 commented at 6/18/2011 12:18:00 PM:
I'm an American from the deep south state of Alabama and I live with my family in Chile. We grow sweet corn, tomatoes, okra, lima beans, southern peas, crookneck yellow squash and more without any pesticides and with earthworms in the soil. See our small farm here: http://www.cdagro.com/farm/farm2011.html