Nov 072012

By Dave Cooper

The 2012 Wild and Scenic Film Festival rolls into Lexington’s Kentucky Theater on Tuesday, December 4 with a great lineup of 13 inspiring short films.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which began in 2003, combines stellar film-making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.  Selections from the 3-day festival in Nevada City, California, go on tour and are hosted by local environmental organizations. In this way, the festival reaches over 100 cities annually, the largest environmental film festival in North America. And thanks to the folks at Kentucky Heartwood, it’s coming to Lexington.

Highlights of this year’s film festival include: Continue reading »

Nov 072012

On the “When separate is not equal” bus

Lift-off point: First African Baptist Church. Photo by Laura Webb.

By Laura Webb

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 13, NoC’s Film Department and I went willingly to a type of space we usually avoid: a church parking lot. Granted, we were not there in search of eternal salvation (much to my relatives’ disappointment, I’m sure), but instead as attendants of the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice’s bus tour of Historic Lexington, part of its ongoing “Voices” event series. The theme of this year’s series, “When Separate is Not Equal: Yesterday and Today,” focused on segregation and the struggle for civil rights.

From African American enclaves such as Kincaidtown (now known as the East End) to more recent inconsistencies in downtown restoration and development, Lexington has a long history of creating segregated spaces. Official area histories tend to recognize, and city revitalization efforts tend to prioritize, the upkeep and maintenance of spaces coded white and upper-class, often directly at the expense of black neighborhoods, landmarks and histories. Continue reading »

Nov 072012

By Marcus Flores

Because everything an incumbent president does is, to his challenger, wrong, Obama’s résumé in the Middle East has become a sort of fetish during the debate season. Yet the responsible voter—who can momentarily set aside their Obama or Romney pennant—notes that both candidates are virtually indistinguishable on Iran, and that is a pity. Continue reading »

Nov 072012

This was written about 12 years ago, but since it is late on deadline night and–hey, it is topical–here you dear readers go.

By Danny Mayer

I was twenty-three and living in Charleston, South Carolina, before I had the pleasure to make my own holiday.  It was Thanksgiving, still Hawaiian shirt weather for the coastal lowlands, and I was left, like many of my co-workers from the restaurant where I earned the money to pay for my Masters degree, with nobody to celebrate. Continue reading »

Nov 072012

Entering straightaway around Polly’s Bend, Swallow Rock on the palisades to the right, Jessamine County.

Camp Nelson to High Bridge

By Wesley Houp

Our put-in is Camp Nelson, a smattering of water-weary shanties, trailers, and RVs pinched between river and road in what can only be considered loose apposition to any sense of the term “community.”  We park Danny’s ramshackle Isuzu under Lloyd Murphy Memorial Bridge on U.S. 27 (mile 135 on the Kentucky), unload and shuttle canoes and gear down the crumbling concrete ramp, and within twenty minutes we are on the water, shuffling and restowing dry bags, resolving vagaries of trim and draft.

Downstream and northwest, the river disappears around the sharp bend, a leading edge of palisades opening where the Camp Nelson bottom finally tapers to steep, wooded talus.  The striated face of Ordovician limestone glows, as if back-lit, in rarefied October light, its gold deepening the sky’s sapphire.  It’s nearly three o’clock; we’re off to a late start, and with eleven miles to paddle, our chance of making Jessamine Creek gorge—our preferred bivouac—before dusk is slim.  A stout headwind dials up the drag, and we push a little harder.  Fortunately, the Kentucky’s deep meanders offer intermittent reprieve from the gust.  Just around the bend, we find a casual pace and enter one of the most remote and dramatic riverscapes in the eastern United States. Continue reading »

Nov 072012

We’ve been here 20 years now, and we want to celebrate. Mention our 20th anniversary and receive a free bar of soap as our gift.   We invite you to our farm and offer you a warm place by the wood stove with a pot of vegetable gumbo soup and a skillet of fresh-ground cornbread cooking  to greet you upon your arrival.  Delight your taste buds with our jams spread over local goat cheese.  Try some of Jennifer’s holiday cookies or our home-grown popcorn.  There will be a hot herbal tonic to drink and  sliced apples with local goat’s milk caramel sauce.  Sample our mustard on country ham (cured by neighboring Hope Ridge Farm Meats) and gooseberry pickle chutney (made at nearby Turtle Back Ridge Farm) on pork roast.

There will be many activities throughout the day:  demonstrations of our soap making process, corn shucking and shelling, hand grinding of cornmeal, checking out the chickens and the cast iron kettle used to render tallow, tours of the commercial kitchen in the basement of our 1877 farmhouse,  walks around the gardens,  hiking out to the cornfield and simple games for children to play including an obstacle course.  Bring appropriate clothes and shoes if you want to participate in any of the outdoor events.

Some of the unique things to look for this year include low-sugar jams, traditional coarse-grained mustards, our delicious heirloom Hickory King Corn meal & grits ,  our all natural hand-made soaps, our pickled asparagus and okra, a selection of herbs, spices and teas, wooden spoons, hand knitted wash cloths, soap dishes, jam and mustard pots, corn shuck candle lights and more.

Several neighbor farmer/friends will be here with their products to taste and ideas to discuss in an effort to expand the network of local food and introduce our customers and friends to each other.  Come meet some of the people in our area that are trying to improve the state of our agricultural system and local economy.

If you cannot not make it during the Open House you are invited to come and visit any time before Christmas. Just call ahead to make sure we’re home. For our customers who will not be able to make the trip to our farm, order our products  at or call me  at 606-763-6827. We usually ship orders in two days and keep most things in stock. Last day to ship for Christmas delivery is Dec. 17th.

For directions to our farm, see Mapquest or below.   Google maps is incorrect.


Also happening in our area:

Frontier Christmas in Old Washington,  1790’s village near Maysville, 12 mi..

Photos with Santa, by Kate’s Photography, neighbor 5 mi. away

Ohio River Valley Art Guild Holiday show and sale, Old Washington Guild Building


Plant a seed

help it grow

ideas are seeds

Jennifer Gleason, Farmer/Founder



from Cincinnati, Ohio:  Take the Rt. #9/AA Highway (Wilder/Maysville) exit off of 275, and go EAST on #9 to Maysville (52 mi)  Turn right at light at Wendy’s on Rt 62/68 West, and go to the fourth light and turn Right on Rt. 62. Follow Rt 62 for apprx. 12 miles to a stop sign. Turn right and follow Rt. 62 for

1 1/2 miles to Rt. #1029.  Turn LEFT on Rt. #1029, go 1 mile and turn RIGHT on DIVIDING RIDGE RD.  Go  1/2 mi. to first farm on the right.   Driving time from Cincinnati = 1 hr 20 min.  (72 mi.)

from Lexington, Ky:  Take Rt. #68East- Paris Pike (you’re actually headed north) Go thru Paris and Millersburg.  A few miles past Millersburg, note the yellow flashing light that marks the left turn to follow Rt. #68, continue on for apprx. 13 miles, past Blue Lick State Park, and turn LEFT of Rt. #165.  go

1 1/2 mi. and turn RIGHT on Rt. #1029 (Johnson Creek Covered Bridge sign) Go apprx. 5 miles on #1029, past the covered bridge, and into Mason County.  At the top of the big hill, turn hard LEFT on DIVIDING RIDGE RD. go 1/2 mi. we are first farm on the right.  Driving time from Lexington = 1 hr. 15 min.  (54 mi.)

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Nov 072012

The city of Lexington ripped down these posters while choosing to leave nearby campaign posters standing.

By Ebony Nava

This past Thursday, November 1, at 12:00am, “36,897” sprang up all over Lexington: on flyers tacked to telephone poles, makeshift “tombstones” outside of houses, and large in-your-face banners. “36,897” is how many homeless people died in the U.S., alone and on the streets, in 2011.

The local “36,897” campaign is run by “The Face of Homelessness of Lexington” and backed by local group the Street Voice Council, which serves as a voice for Lexington’s approximately two thousand homeless residents. The campaign was created to bring awareness to the city of Lexington’s decision to close The Community Inn on Winchester Road due to a zoning dispute, even though freezing weather—which can, and will, prove fatal for Lexington homeless—is quickly approaching.

A mere five hours after it began, the awareness campaign was cut short when Lexington’s clean-up crew performed a smash-up job  of de-flyering the poles and destroying the “tombstones.” Local Lexington resident and activist for the homeless Jerry Moody stated, “Out of the twenty-five ‘Tombstones’ displayed, we could only salvage five. The rest were completely destroyed. The city even removed and destroyed the signs that were placed on private property.”

While Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was apologetic when approached by the Street Voice Council, as of this publication no remedy to the destruction of campaign materials has been agreed upon. Meanwhile, lawyers for the Street Voice Council are preparing to sue the city of Lexington for the destruction of private property and infringement of their right to free speech. While the city removed posters mentioning the 36,897 homeless people who died last year on the streets, the surrounding U.S. election posters and campaign propaganda all remained untouched.

Nov 072012

A lecture/workshop on the general history of the Eastern State Hospital with an emphasis on the Eastern State Hospital Cemetery Project and their efforts to research death histories, advocate for records searches on behalf of living relatives, restore the cemetery grounds and research the essential history of the hospital.

For more information, contact Phil Tkacz:

A program of The Lonely Mountain Community Center.

Institute 193 is located at 193 North Limestone Street.

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