Serving up our own specialized and unique perspectives on the local food movement of Southeast Georgia!
Editor-in-Chief, Publisher & contributor
LeeAnna Tatum has spent the last ten years on a personal journey of discovery about food production in the U.S. Learning the truth about conventional and factory farming, she has endeavored to change her own shopping priorities when it comes to food and to raise awareness about the ills our current food system is inflicting on our personal health, the health of the planet, local economies and animal welfare. She believes that better health and a better planet starts at home and that the answer to fixing our food systems can be found in local, sustainable food production.
A passionate life-long learner, LeeAnna is currently obsessed with permaculture and organic gardening. She is in the process of turning her ¼ acre yard into a productive edible food forest. She is also learning to grow and use herbs and native plants for culinary and medicinal purposes.
With a work and educational background encompassing economics, business, public administration, journalism and marketing; LeeAnna decided to create the magazine for which she, as a consumer of responsibly produced food, has been looking. She is committed to creating a platform to help celebrate and support local food and to grow the sustainable food movement in Southeast Georgia and beyond.
With food in mind
Jovan Sage is the creator, herbalist & wellness coach behind Sage’s Larder and resident food alchemist and owner at The Farmer & The Larder. Jovan brings her experience and passion for using food as medicine to readers in every issue.
As a little kid working in her grandfather’s shop at the City Market, Jovan got to explore the different food stalls, food trucks and farmers stands. She got to touch, see and taste food from all over the world and from local farms. It was there that she discovered the intoxicating allure of international spices – curries, fenugreek, cumin, paprika, peppers, ginger & turmeric. This foundation has shaped her palate, as well as, her spice and herbalist cabinet.
As an event organizer and facilitator, she has coordinated conferences, events and workshops for political organizing, public policy, food and health education. She believes in bringing people together through the common language of food, organizing locally, and participating in international and national advocacy.
Before moving to Georgia in 2014, Jovan lived and worked in New York City, focusing on social justice, sustainability, food and agriculture -- including working as a cafe and food retail consultant and Engagement Director for Slow Food USA.
high on the hog with jon jackson
Jon Jackson is a decorated Combat veteran who served as a US Army Airborne Ranger. He founded STAG VETS, Inc. in 2014 and Comfort Farms in 2016 to assist homeless veterans, veterans in need, and veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. In each issue, Jon shares his lessons learned raising heritage breed hogs.
Due to his own experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury and chronic Post Traumatic Stress, Jon decided that he was not going to let PTSD and TBI determine his future, nor will he let these injuries define the thousands of vets who are suffering with no assistance. With his knowledge, exceptional leadership skills, and drive to take care of others, Jon created STAG VETS, Inc. to ensure Veterans could receive the care they deserved and use sustainable farming as a tool to build communities and instill a sense of pride into the team of vets that are working through the program.
Jon's work has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, a TEDx Talk at Emory University, NPR, GPB, Atlanta food and Wine, Peach Fest, The Milledgeville scene, along with numerous news articles. His heritage breed pork took second place in one of the nation's toughest BBQ Competitions in New Orleans, Hogs for a Cause. Jon has also been nominated to be an exclusive member to the AGL class of 2019 Advancing Georgia Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry.
Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser
Some kinda Good in the Neighborhood
Rebekah is the personality behind the blog Some Kinda Good. A food enthusiast, blogger and entertainer who writes and speaks about her love of good food and the Coastal South, she grew up in quaint Georgia towns where good food and close-knit community has always been a central part of everyday life. Rebekah comes from a long line of great cooks and has a passion for small-town America, the Southern seacoast and the quintessential dishes that combine the two. To get the most satisfaction out of eating and cooking, Rebekah believes in sourcing ingredients locally and eating what’s in season as much as possible.
In 2014, Rebekah was one of the nation’s top 35 contestants to compete on Season 2 of ABC Television’s cooking competition reality show, “The Taste,” where she cooked for celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Marcus Samuelson and Ludo Lefebvre. That same month, she was contacted by producers of The Dr. Oz Show to represent Georgia in “Dr. Oz’s Nationwide Healthy Recipe Challenge.” Rebekah writes as the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and guest blogs for several food and travel organizations. She is the host of SKG-TV and “Statesboro Cooks,” on YouTube.