Southern Soil: A Growing Food Movement
We are passionate about supporting and celebrating local, sustainable food. We have a vision for providing a platform to bring people from across the local food movement; connecting producers, retailers and consumers. Creating content that is meaningful and informative for all those currently participating in the movement, while also reaching those who may still need a little convincing.
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Southern Soil is designed to set the table for a discussion about our local food system. You're invited to pull up a chair and join the conversation. Meet our contributors, read our articles, and peruse our blog posts. Comment on our content, connect with us on social media, and subscribe to our magazine. Share your insights, learning experiences, and stories. We would love to hear from you!
Southern Soil was founded in 2018 by LeeAnna Tatum to provide a platform for the local, sustainable food system in Southeast Georgia. It is our goal to bring together consumers, producers, and purveyors of local food; to celebrate what's good; to endeavor to change what isn't; to learn from different perspectives. And to join together to grow the local food movement right here at home where sugar sand meets red clay and pine forests morph into marshlands and agriculture abounds, but fresh food can still be ironically hard to come by.
It's our food. It's our story.
No one can cover the local food movement better than we can.
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In this issue, you’ll get to learn about a thriving clam farming operation off the coast. Yes, you read that right. Clams are being farmed off the coast of Georgia. Captain Charlie not only farms clams, but he also runs a number of commercial fishing boats and owns the Fish Dock Bar and Grill, a restaurant located on Pelican Point where diners can enjoy a seriously good sea-to-table experience.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Chef Todd Richards at an event put on by Georgia Grown. Richards is a self-taught chef with several restaurants in Atlanta who is known for his Southern cooking and elevating culinary traditions of the South in general and of soul food in particular. I was able to get my hands on his new book Soul, a Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes, to review for the next edition of Southern Soil.
As I was reading this book, I came across many recipes that I was eager to try out and Memorial Day seemed like a good day to get started … mainly because it meant I could cook in my sister’s kitchen (much more photogenic than my own) and I’d have extra hands around to help (especially with the cleanup).
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One of our goals this year is to increase our presence in the blogosphere and provide you all with some fresh content between published issues of the online magazine. Our blog allows for a more casual writing approach and the opportunity to give you a glimpse into stories as they develop.
Tasting some great wines, enjoying a well-told story (or five), eating delicious food, spending some quality time with my sister in a beautiful location … it’s another hard day of work putting together content for the next issue of Southern Soil!
I spent some time this morning out at Watermelon Creek Vineyard in Titus (near Glennville). If you haven’t checked out this winery, which also includes a great little restaurant, you’ll want to!
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day of global celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And for our purposes, the achievements of women in our local food systems! The day is also a call to action to improve gender parity.
The magic of a garden is discovering all the little secrets it can’t wait to share!
There are many people who have supported me along this journey and have made it possible for Southern Soil to exist. But today I really want to single out three people, without whom this magazine would not exist either at all or at the very least, in its current form.
One of the regular article features in each issue of Southern Soil is Table Talk. In those articles, I have conversations with individuals involved in the local food system to discuss issues related to sustainability and how we can do better. I provide their perspectives for readers to view, but I keep my own side of the conversation out of it. In this blog, I’ll be addressing those issues myself… so, in effect I’m going to have a conversation with myself and share my perspective on these issues! Talking to oneself is normal, right?