Recently I trooped out to Against the Grain Farm to capture images of a farm dinner Heifer USA was hosting for a number of high country farmers, chefs, local foods entrepreneurs and key players within the Heifer organization.
Holly Whitesides co-owner of Against the Grain Farm shared with newcomers the history and ethos of their farm before leading folks on a tour of the grounds.
Sipping locally brewed beverages attendees marched past hoop houses and hen coops.
At the far side of a 'holler visitors were greeted by an excited and quite vocal band of hogs.
Heifer C.E.O Pierre Ferrari enjoyed some conversation with one of the more outspoken members of the drove.
Jeffrey Scott, project director for Heifer's Appalachia Region described some of the work Heifer USA has been involved with supporting our High Country local food system.
He then encouraged folks to "sit with someone you don't know," "listen deeply" and generally eat, drink and be merry.
The food provided by local farmers and prepared by Reid's Catering was plentiful and delicious.
Lively conversation was also in good supply as folks compared notes and exchanged thoughtful reflections.
Finally a bonfire was lit and people nursed beers, chatting as the sun dimmed and the stars poured out into a late harvest evening.