Permaculture Interview with Mississippi’s Gestalt Gardener Felder Rushing – Part 2

Check out the link to listen to the second part of my statewide radio debut.


Interview begins 13 minutes into the broadcast.

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Permaculture Chat with Mississippi’s Gestalt Gardener, Felder Rushing

I recorded two interviews with Felder Rushing for MPB radio show Gestalt Gardener.  The first interview aired this week.  The second part will air on Friday @9am, repeat on Saturday @10am

Listen to the first part online

Interview begins 13 minutes into broadcast

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Gaining Ground Statewide Conference

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I’ll be presenting two topics.  Don’t miss it.

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Okay, a little update

Heya North Mississippi

After a long hiatus, I’m updating the website here with some new information.  Hooray!

First off, I have relocated from Water Valley to Yocona Community in Lafayette County.  This is for the long term, friends, cuz we bought the place.  My new home sits on 2.5 acres just north of the Yocona River, on the same property where the Yocona River Inn used to stand.

This new property will be slowly turning into a permaculture paradise and YOU will get to take part!  I will begin offering hands-on workshops right here in Yocona where you can learn to make maps, dig contour gardens, sheet mulch, raise animals, and just about everything else you can think of.  And yes, there will be a forest garden :)

The second big thing doing is my partnering up with Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississipi (  We’ve started a local chapter, which serves Oxford and many of the surrounding communities, and we’re getting involved with a lot of projects.  We’ve partnered with the Oxford Community Garden for a raised bed workshop, as well as a free compost distribution.  Also, look for us throughout Green Week 2012 in Oxford.

You may recall he project at the Willie Price University Nursery School.  It took four months, and was completed in October, 2011.  It turned out to be a gorgeous garden, and I will post some pictures when I get around to it.  Look forward to an awesome garden at Willie Price in 2012.  Potatoes coming in February…

Lots more to come.  I’ll try to keep it updated a little more often.  Thanks for your support everyone.

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Visit Us Saturday, May 7 @ Water Valley Crappie Festival!

Come and see us tomorrow in downtown Water Valley for the Crappie Festival (yes, Water Valley is home to the world’s largest Crappie, caught in 1957 by Fred Bright in Lake Enid, so big in fact that it still holds the world record)! We’ll be joining a host of other great vendors and live, local musicians throughout the day so bring your friends and family over to say hello!

See below for Mickey’s article in the North Mississippi Herald.

by Mickey Howley

This Saturday’s forecast looks good, sunny and seventies, which is important because good weather is the key to having a great festival. And your Water Valley Main Street Association thinks we have a great festival lined up for the town. First there is the music: on the Main Street stage bands range from blues and soul, to jazz, to real country and bluegrass, to rock, to Elvis. Yes, “Elvis” is a stand-alone musical genre now. Five bands in all are performing from 10:30 am to 5 pm for your entertainment. Bring a chair or blanket and plan to enjoy the show.

There is lots of other stuff going on in the celebration of all things Crappie. Don’t miss the Crappie Weigh-in to see who catches the biggest fish. Be sure to catch the Crappie Cook-Off to find out who is the “King of Crappie” when it comes to taste. Delta Grind is supplying the local corn meal. Then there is the Crappie boat raffle! Rotary will have the ultimate get in “skinny and stumpy water” boat on display. This boat will float into the most obscure crappie holes and one buck buys you a chance to win it. Watch for the crappie green uniforms of biologists from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks who will be here to talk about Crappie and other fish. Conservation officers in their green uniforms will also be on hand to talk about boat safety and fishing rules for our local lakes and maybe they will tell their favorite Crappie story. They are bringing their boat, too. The guy who runs the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, Justin Wilkens will share some information about the Magnolia Crappie. Come out and learn about tying and making artificial flys and lures. Hear a talk about pollinators – well, maybe learn what a pollinator is. Bass Pro, too, will be on Main Street with Crappie gear.

This fishing stuff is an effort to lure the fisherman in your family to come downtown for once and the other events are to reel in the rest of the family. I just had to say that.

For you non-fishing types the Yalobusha County Homemakers have quilt show at Bozarts Gallery. Imagination Station is open and has their Water Valley Main Street in 3D miniatures on display as their end of year show. You should check it out, a very detailed and a great collective piece of art.

There is plenty to do and see. Kids, get ready for this year’s hoola-hoop contest and find out who can spin the best! There will also be sack races, three legged races, dominoes, horseshoes, jumpers and bouncers, baby crawl. Main Street will have solid assortment of vendors with local cooked food from the newest pizza to fest food favorites. Plenty of local arts and crafts vendors will be there, right in time for Mother’s Day.

There‘ll be a donation box for the local Red Cross. Please put a donation in for them, they are the people, and I’m speaking from personal experience, who really help out in times of natural disasters. Those funds will directly help your fellow Mississippians.

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