Two and a half years ago, after a long time wishing that there was an organized community of folks around here who share our interests, Cherie and I started up a group she named Piedmont Sustainable Living. We organized it through Meetup, scheduled the first gathering at our farm, and wondered if anyone would show up.

That turned out to be one of the smartest things we’ve done since taking up this lifestyle. Our group has grown into a great little community of friends with a shared interest in homesteading, voluntary simplicity and sustainable living. We gather once a month, usually at our place, for fellowship, a potluck supper and a discussion. In February we discussed spring planting  dates. In January the topic was medicinal herbs.

Last Saturday we gathered on a friends’ farm to inoculate mushroom logs. So instead of me spending a day or two alone in the barn plugging away, we all gathered to do it together. In 3 hours we plugged about 100 logs. It was good fun, in good company, and will produce lots of good food.






Our new logs won’t produce mushrooms until the fall. But we don’t have to wait that long. Yesterday we picked some shiitakes off our older logs and Cherie gathered some oyster mushrooms from the woods. And they went into spaghetti sauce that went into us.


25 comments on “Logapolooza

  1. shoreacres says:

    What a great last photo. It’s good to know that the group still is together, and growing. As for your day — well, it certainly gives a different meaning to the phrase, “logging on.”

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    • Bill says:

      There were probably a third again as many people as made it into the group picture and several of our regulars couldn’t make it. It’s a great group of folks and good company.


  2. Farmgirl says:

    I love this idea so much. I am going to set something like this up as soon as we are back on a farm!


  3. What a great idea! I would love to do something similar when we get to the farm.

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  4. Laurie Graves says:

    Great idea! Looks like a wonderful community of like-minded folks.


  5. dilipnaidu says:

    Way to go Bill. Wish you all many such fun outings.


  6. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, it’s great that your efforts are coming to fruition. I’m glad to hear that community and like minded people still gather together to help each other out. I can still remember that happening during my youth while staying on my uncle’s farm. So much of the memories that are made during those gatherings are being lost by the modern farming techniques. You and Cherie are special people to seed that back into the community.

    Have a great community mushroom plugging day..


  7. That was neat. I’ve learned something new about mushrooms!


  8. Dearest Bill,
    That is great that you found so many participants for joining your group!
    Growing Shii-take is very worthwhile and it is one of the healthiest foods, still not enough known here in the Western world.
    Wish you could read Dutch, you might be able to use a translator as this page is so worthwhile reading: http://mens-en-gezondheid.infonu.nl/natuurgeneeswijze/109422-de-geneeskracht-van-shii-take.html
    Yes, Pieter and I do write it still the scientific correct way.
    From the above link to the Dutch page you find out more and I did translate this section for you: Naming shii-take
    In Latin it is called mushroom Lentinula Edodes. Lentinula comes from the word ‘lentus’ what pliable means. The stems of the the shii-take have many folds. ‘Edodes´ means edible. Shii is the name of the pasania tree on whose wood shii-take is cultivated. Take in Japanese means mushroom. In Dutch this Japanese mushroom has some nicknames: Japanese mushroom, scent mushroom and oak fungus. People who attribute the language police already too much authority write shii-take as shiitake.
    The late Dr. Kanichi Mori from Japan, was one of husband Pieter’s scientific colleagues and he wrote a lot about the many medicinal values of Shii-take. You can find some info about him here: http://bit.ly/1Z1Op0C
    Sending you hugs,


    • Bill says:

      Thanks Mariette. When I was a young lawyer I was working on a hotel project in Aruba. The senior partner I was working with gave me a Hotel Management Agreement and asked me to review it and suggest edits. I sat down to work on it and quickly knew we had a problem. I carried it to his office and said sheepishly, “Sir, the contract is in Dutch.”

      I appreciate the translation, because I still can’t read Dutch. 🙂


  9. Love the idea! Many around here talk the talk but want only the farmers to walk the walk.


  10. dennisrenner says:

    Bill, what a great idea. We need an opportunity for social contact. I will set an account with Meetup. I would appreciate your recommendations. Dennis


    • Bill says:

      We used Meetup to get started, but after the first couple of gatherings we continued without it. Once you have a core group, it grows through word of mouth and social media. We were inspired by friends in a nearby county who started a group. There were only four of them at the first gathering but now it’s a vibrant community. Our friends advice to us was just to do it. So we did!

      One tip if you use Meetup. My wife was setting it all up and she quit just before finishing/paying (intending to return to it later). Meetup must have assumed she had changed her mind because shortly thereafter she got an email offering sign up at half price!


  11. associatedluke says:

    So that’s what you’ve been up to while you were away! Awesomesauce man!


  12. bacardi gold says:

    You have an organized community out there with the same interests and concerns. Great community!


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