I want to take a moment to brag on our wonderful regular feature contributors, Jovan Sage, Rebekah Lingenfelser and Jon Jackson. Not only do they bring their own unique perspectives to Southern Soil, but they are all ardent pursuers of their own dreams. With so many fantastic things going on with them individually, I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about what they're up to.
Jovan Sage has been growing her brand Sage's Larder, based out of Brunswick. She has a growing product line of jams, teas and more. She also offers classes to teach about fermentation, making your own kombucha, She also has custom blends of teas as part of the Peach Dish array of local products. Follow her Facebook page to find out when the next class might be! Jovan is passionate about local foods and has a great deal of experience with food activism and community organization. Along with her own business, Jovan also owns The Farmer and the Larder along with life and business partner Matthew Raiford. Located in downtown Brunswick, The Farmer and Larder is woven into the fabric of the local community.
Rebekah Lingenfelser and her brand Some Kinda Good have been making a splash lately. Rebekah is one of the top 10 competitors on Food Network Star. Though she was eliminated in the third episode, we are incredibly proud of her for chasing down her dream of hosting her own cooking show. All hope is not lost as there are always twists and turns throughout the competition. And you can still vote for her as a fan favorite, voting can be done daily!
Jon Jackson is always up to something new with his nonprofit StagVets and Comfort Farms, stay up to date by following his Facebook page. One of his current projects involves a documentary about Comfort Farms. You can learn more about this film and how you can help make it a reality on their Facebook page.
Comfort Farms: The Movie is a documentary film about one of the most interesting transformational veteran run therapy programs in the country where veterans serve self, family and community. Interviews with veterans, people in the community, therapists, volunteers, farmers, and chefs will show how far Comfort Farms has come in just over 2 years of existence. By helping fund this film, it will be shown at film festivals and possibly distributed for broadcast. Expect an exciting, suspenseful dramatic documentary that really puts the audience in the shoes of its subject.
In the process of researching and writing many of the stories included in Southern Soil, it is my privilege to meet people who don't just follow their dreams, they pursue them relentlessly with dedication and perseverance.