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2014 Harvest Conference Photo Contest Winner won two tickets to the Harvest Conference on September 6th.

Photo Contest Winner:


Kelli Elizabeth says: My little Cabbage Patch Kid in her element. She radiates pure joy when she is outside in the garden, picking berries, smelling the herbs, or analyzing leaves. She has been my constant companion while foraging in the forest to making kombucha in the kitchen, during our many food adventures. She inspires me daily in all that I do, and I am quite honored to be her mama. I can only imagine what kind of contributions she will make someday. Love!

Photo Contest Entries (All great photos – thank you to the growers who sent them):


Eric W G Zetterholm says: We had our exchange student from China, who had never seen a garden, help us prep our garden for early spring planting. Of course, we had to explain the iconic Americana image that inspired the pic.


Sabrina Wells says: This picture is of my beautiful friend Christine Moondancer on her farm surrounded by strawberries she picked that morning. I think it really captures the bounty of the Spring harvest.


Julie Weathers says: Represents the entire season from seed to harvest to preservation.


Edward Tanner says: The reason for choosing a picture of our Jubilee Orpington Rooster was because people tend to overlook the “animal” side of organic farming and what it can produce. Most tend to focus on growing, harvesting and storing of fruits, vegetables and herbs. But they do not take into account that not only do our animals, such as chickens, provide us with meat, eggs and fertilizer. They can also provide us in monetary ways by the selling of their offspring. As well as being able to show them at poultry shows that not only provides education on raising our animals but the comrodery of what it takes to raise them. Plus I love them. And what better reason than that to share one of my favorite breeds of chickens that I was able to show at our very first Poultry show that my Hobby Farmer Association put on this past April. The Jubilee Orpington isn’t a recognized variety by the APA, but hopefully one day it will be.


By Michael Pittell

patrice.susanSusan Patrice says: Farming at Earthaven Ecovillage

oconnor.joshJosh O’Connor says: Samara and Eila welcome the bees to their new home on the farm.

norris.lachelle Lachelle Norris says: I decided on this photo because we’ve had an abundant crop of white half runner beans this year – from seeds that we save every year that were first handed down in the 1970s from my grandmother, to my dad, and finally to me. I feel such a strong connection with my Appalachian ancestors and their desire to grow good food for friends and family. No pesticides, no herbicides – only handmade organic fertilize and the birds. No rust and no bugs whatsoever this year! Feeling very grateful.

naylor.meagan Megan Naylor says: Love can take you by surprise on a farm and boy did I fall hard for the sweet little Holstein/ Jersey Calf. It was love at first sight when i sat down with her and she began grooming me with her sandpaper like pink tongue. Her name is Daisy May and we have high hopes for her as our future milk cow. Mmm.. I can almost taste the homemade ice cream now!


Connie Meyer says: This is vintage food mill has been used by three generations in my family. I still use it today for canning. It works just as well now as when my grandmother used it.


Katie-lynn McDonald says: This guy was munching on my first garden ever, over a decade ago in Maine. I think tomato horm worms are marvelous, although I’m never super excited to find them on my beautiful heirloom ‘mater plants.

mcclain.arielAriel K. McClain says: Just a good ole selfie with me and my baby Nubian nanny Opie. Opie loves taking selfies.

ladendorff.lauraLaura Ladendorf says: Our small “yarden” offered all this in one evening and fed us for a couple of days. We live in town with very little land and are so glad to be able to provide ourselves with some of our own food this time of year. And they are beautiful too!

harold.juliaJulia Harold says: It expresses the lightness of being I find in the daily work of gardening. (Plus I love puns and dedicate this one to my brother Paul who was the master of puns.)


 Hacienda Las Trancas says Honey Bees on Heirloom Potato Onion Flowers…I love this photo because it reminds me that pollinators need diversity to be healthy. Instead of worrying how the honey will taste, I am overjoyed that they have some allium flowers to add to their immune system. These potato onions are a rare variety that I am grateful to have. I imagine the bees are too.


 Jeff Gray says: This is a photo of my 2-year old daughter, Lydia, helping me collect potatoes while I dig them up. I picked it because it shows how early kids can be helpful on a homestead (and how much they enjoy it).


Kimberly Gates says: We have been active with CRAFT since we came to WNC two years ago. For that entire time we have been looking for affordable land to farm. I chose this picture because it represents what we found…..6 acres of FLAT LAND! Yes it is overgrown, the house is unlivable, and it is a general disaster but there is good farmable land under all that mess!


 Sarah Tim Epting says: My 6 year old’s 100% heirloom / organic 4-H garden…training the next generation.


 Rachel Edwards says: This photo represents the joy and gratitude that tending the garden brings me.


 Maureen Cremins Wainwright says: it’s pretty.


 Tricia Mills Baehr says: Chicken in the snow, represents a homesteader’s four season approach to life. That even on the snowiest days in winter, our feathered friends are a part of our daily life on the homestead.


Author: OGS

Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.

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