Wine in the Woods

The Sequatchie Valley Institute cordially invites you to Wine in the Woods

April 4, 2015 4:30 pm CDT

Join us as we explore the magic and novelty of our lives while tasting wines, meads, elixirs, and other oddities from our cellar, cave and apothecary, made with fruits and herbs growing in our edible landscape, gardens, vineyard, and forest.

Additional activities on this day of fun will include:

  • 2:00 CST: A short course on Wine and Mead Making with Wild Yeasts (advance signup)
  •  3:00: A tour of SVI, including the hand-crafted solar powered structures and permaculture gardens
  • Exhibits by artists at the Liquidambar Art Gallery
  • Artistic and Musical Entertainment

You may wish to bring a lunch or snacks to eat at one of our beautiful picnic areas in the woods

This is an annual FUNdraising event for SVI members only. A tax-deductible minimum donation of $25 per person/$40 per family is requested.   If you are not a member of SVI, you may join at the door.   All proceeds will be used for our non-profit educational programs.  Please RSVP.

Work trade may be available but must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance.

 We encourage folks to spend the night. If you choose to do so, bring a tent, flashlight and bedding. Sunday brunch will be provided.

Please leave your pets at home as we are a wildlife refuge area.

For more information, contact Carol or Patrick at 423-949-5922/4598 or email Patrick [at] svionline [dot] org.


17th Annual Food for Life Conference



Apr. 10-12, 2015

Join us for a family friendly weekend of food, kids, music and camping a short drive from Chattanooga, TN. As an act of community, perched on the canyon walls of the ancient Cumberland Plateau, we will connect and open to the flow of energy that we all call food. Sessions will be conducted by experts in their fields from across the US.

Sessions include:

  • Food preparation and preservation strategies, including canning, drying, and fermentation. The keynote speaker will be Sandor Katz, well-known author of The Art of Fermentation
  • Permaculture gardening & edible landscaping: How to create & live in your own abundant environment.
  • Plant walks to discover edible & medicinal plants in our fields and forest.
  • Dietary relationships between health and disease.
  • Social and ecological implications of industrial agriculture versus local food production.
  • The art of bread making, with a pizza party around our outdoor wood-fired earthen oven.
  • A comprehensive kids’ program encouraging adventurous eating and a healthy relationship with food.
  • Tours of our hand-built solar homes, permaculture gardens and greenhouse, with emphasis on sustainable living.
  • Games, theatre, live music, sharing circles, and delicious local food!

The program is intentionally affordable with an income-based sliding scale for the three-day event of $100-$200. A one-day pass for Saturday is available for $40-$100. Children under 9 yrs are free, 10-16 yrs are $10-$40/day. These prices include lovingly prepared nutritious meals, admission to all workshops and children’s programs, and rustic camping. SVI members receive a 10% discount.  We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization, and proceeds help cover the costs of this and future educational events.

Please RSVP online if you plan to attend. 

Work trade is available. Please contact us for details ASAP.  Local nutritious and ethically sound food trade or donations are also encouraged. Let us know what you have.

For more information and directions to SVI, located between Dunlap and Whitwell, contact Carol or Patrick, SVI, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397; 423-949-5922/4598; or email Carol-Kimmons [at] utc [dot] edu or Patrick [at] svionline [dot] org. Facebook Sequatchie Valley Institute/Events.


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