Owl farm showcases homesteading

ROSMAN, N.C. — Eight Owls Farmstead, located in between Pisgah Forest and Brevard, has changed its owners, Rain and Mika Parker. The work they do at Eight Owls has served to tone up their bodies and hone their farming skills.

Upper left to right Rain and Mika Parker have toned up and slimed down since their foray into farming (see inset) three years ago.
Upper left to right Rain and Mika Parker have toned up and slimed down since their foray into farming (see inset) three years ago.

The lesbian-owned business is semi-off-grid and provides resources for organic products and food while educating those who venture out in the processes used there. It is now in its third season.

The farm is not simply produce focused. It also raises awareness in how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Owners teach animal care, organic gardening, natural building, butchery, healthy living techniques and provide farm-based immersion experiences.

They work with school groups, colleges and camps. Participants learn skills on how to live off the land. Donation-based tuition allows for affordability.

With an all-female staff, the exposure makes for a remarkable experience for those who have wanted to learn about farm life. Many of the events are just for women, although not all.

Rain Parker considers herself the farmer. Her wife Mika is the forager and artist who works in buckskins, makes bows and creates primitive art.

They ensure that their farm is free from chemicals and insecticides. And, the animals are fed on pasture and non-genetically-modified-organism grain. They sell their goods from the farm and a local market in Brevard.

Eight Owls welcomes volunteers and workshop leaders. Visit the website to learn more.

A women’s basic carpentry weekend will be held from March 21-22. Instructor is Karen George from Build Like a Bird Natural Building. Cost is $85 per person as a season opener special. From April 11-12, the workshop will be repeated, this time at a cost of $100 per person. An advanced class will be held May 15-17. Cost is $150 per person. Participants are asked to bring lunch and snacks for both days, eye protection, ear protection, gloves, long pants, closed-toed shoes and a positive attitude.

Other workshops continue through the spring and early summer, as well as immersion experiences throughout the year. Weekend camping and kitchen access is available with a donation to the farm at $25 per night.

info: eightowlsfarmstead.com.

Healthcare workshop planned

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A Living Healthy for the LGBTQ Community six-week workshop will be held from March 11-April 15, 4 p.m., at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Rd.

The workshop is designed to assist people with chronic health conditions in feeling better, healthier and happier.

Participants will be able to learn about how to manage symptoms, work well with a healthcare team, transform frustration and stress, relax, maintain a healthy weight and set goals while accomplishing them.

Workshop leaders are Jane Kennedy and Lula Moon.

Contributions will be accepted for the sessions, but is not required.

To register, call 828-251-7438 or email stephanie@landofsky.org.

info: landofsky.org.

Comedian hits high country

Comedian Erin Foley
Comedian Erin Foley

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — “Comedy Central” comedian Erin Foley will bring her “Lady With Pockets” tour to the Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., on March 14 at 8 p.m., as part of the 27th Annual Comedy Classic held March 13-15.

The lesbian stand-up comedian and actor has been featured on late night TV on shows such as Conan O’Brien, Craig Fergusion, Chelsea Handler, Arsenio Hall and Carson Daly. She also has performed a numerous comedy festivals including the San Francisco Sketch and the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

A sports enthusiast, she hits the airwaves on her “Sports Without Balls” podcast.

When not appearing on stage, she is a cast member of TruTV’s “How to be a Grown Up” and has written for a new NBC sitcom, “One Big Happy,” set to debut this spring. And she can also be seen in national commercial ad campaigns.

The LGBT comedy night in Los Angeles, Calif., “Gays R Us,” is produced by Foley and is held at the Hollywood Improv once a month.

Tickets and accommodation packages are available online.

info: erinkfoley.com. omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park.

Southern LGBT conference ahead

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The LGBT* in the South Conference will be held on April 17-18, 8 a.m., at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square.

Deadline for registration is March 15.

Keynote speaker will be Mandy Carter, a southern African-American social justice activist. She is the national coordinator of the Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project of the National Black Justice Coalition.

She is currently participating in the organization of the 50th Anniversary Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Fifty years ago, Congress was moved to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This year, the event many of the original participants will join in the observance and both President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to to join in as well.

A variety of workshops will be held on such subjects as those on community law, black and gay in the south, advocacy and more.

Scholarship applications for the conference are available online. Deadline is March 25.

Three CLE credits for each day will be given to North Carolina attorneys who attend.

info/registration/accommodations: lgbtinthesouth.com.

Center creation moves ahead

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Blue Ridge Pride Board of Directors has announced that the Pride Center of the Blue Ridge has completed its task force stage of development.

The board is now tasked in the creation of the facility. Rebecca Chaplin and others have joined the board to help bring the project to fruition. Committees that need staffing are internal affairs (accounting, finance, tax, human resources, law, facilities) and external affairs (fundraising, program services, public relations, marketing, social media, event planning). Chaplin is serving as secretary.

info: blueridgepride.org.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.