The Pepperfield Project, in collaboration with the Seed Savers Exchange, will be serving a series of three educational heritage dinners again this summer. Each meal will feature many unique varieties gleaned both from SSE’s preservation collection and from listed members in the Yearbook.
The slow-food, several course meals take place at Pepperfield Farm, about 4 miles from SSE. Come early to enjoy Pepperfield’s gardens and see these wonderful heirlooms growing.
Meal tickets can be purchased in advancee online (buy tickets below), or send a check to Pepperfield, 1575 Manawa Trail Road, Decorah.
Please bring your own beverages of choice. Call 563-382- 8833 for further information.
Check the Lodging page for lodging possibilities at the farm.
Following the afternoon Tomato Tasting Festival at the Seed Savers Exchange, Laos native, Visset Soundara (Hovden) will offer a several-course family style dinner of traditional Laotian dishes learned from her mother in the very small village of Thongmang where she grew up in a poor but happy family of 10. Like all Southeast Asian countries, Laos spans latitudes from the cool north to the tropical south, offering possibilities for the use of a wide range of wonderful vegetable varieties.
Come early and stroll the lush Pepperfield Gardens, and remember to bring your beverage of choice. This meal is an educational event, and will be served in a relaxed setting with plenty of time to socialize and enjoy the unique flavors that come to us from Southeast Asia.
Our chef for this dinner is William Nour, who was born in Nazareth, Palestine, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 16. Some of his favorite memories as a young boy were those shared with his family at meal time. His mother nurtured his interest in gardening and inspired him to be the outstanding gardener and cook that he has become. Palestine is at the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa and, with each successive occupation for over 2000 years – Greek, Roman, Persian, Ottoman, Arab, North African – the cuisine was influenced and enriched. Willie will present a family style dinner of traditional Palestinian dishes using a variety of Mideast vegetables from the Pepperfield garden.
Come early and stroll the lush Pepperfield Gardens, and remember to bring your beverage of choice. This meal is an educational event, and will be served in a relaxed setting with plenty of time to socialize and enjoy the unique flavors that come to us from this region of the world.
Join us for an afternoon with artist, writer and activist Pat McCabe from Taos, New Mexico, for a talk on the sacredness of ancestral seeds and the indigenous sense of living in harmony with nature. A tour of the Pepperfield Gardens will be followed by a farm-fresh luncheon prepared with native American heritage vegetables.
Pat McCabe, known as Woman Stands Shining, is a Dine' (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She has appeared in two documentary films: SEEDing Change and Journeying to Turtle Island and has presented at numerous conferences, events, and indigenous gatherings around the world including Bali, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, England, India, Italy, Mexico City, Peru, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and in the U.S., as well as the national BIoneers Conference and the International Healing Conference in Bali. She hopes all peoples of the earth "can learn from Indigenous experience and re-member themselves and their own birth-right relationship with this Mother Earth." She draws upon the deep Indigenous sciences of thriving life to reframe inquiries about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, the “Women’s Nation” and the “Men’s Nation” in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life" and upholding the honor of being human.