Benevolent

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016

Benevolent

Over the past year I’ve done a lot of exploration into the world of social enterprises- entities that exist for more than the sole purpose of making money, but also to do social and environmental good.  I’ve learned about B Corporations, Benefit Corporations, and the growing trend of non-profit organizations to adopt some of the principles of for profit businesses so they are not solely grant reliant.  Through working at the Saxapahaw General Store, I am often in contact with many of these businesses,...

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Turtle Run

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015

Turtle Run

Kevin Meehan was born and raised in Boulder, CO, studied architecture, and built homes alongside Mike Reynolds (the man who became famous for building “earthships“) in Taos, NM.  He went on to building homes with his wife in Iowa, in California, and in Wisconsin alongside Lake Superior. In 1995 Kevin and his wife, Kim were in North Carolina visiting Kim’s parents who had recently moved to the state from Baltimore, MD.  They were exploring the area and lost their way about 20 miles outside of...

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Tempeh Girl

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

Tempeh Girl

One of the greatest parts of writing the blogs for the Saxapahaw General Store is having the opportunity to meet so many local purveyors and learning about the paths they followed to end up where they are now. Beth May earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and then went on to earn her master’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering.  While in grad school she began working in a fungal fermentation lab where she practiced growing fungus on solid substrates.  When she left her work at the lab,...

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Home on the Farm

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015

Home on the Farm

Situated just a half of a mile north of the Saxapahaw General Store lies a little farm with a big mission called TerraStay. The farm at TerraStay is a collaborative effort.  A couple of guys, Mike and Tony, were very passionate about food, and were driven by the knowledge that fresh foods grown with love taste better.  So they started TerraStay in November of 2013 and asked veteran farmer, Matt Newlin to run it.  Under Matt’s management the farm began operation in April of 2014 and through the hard work of...

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Celebrating Seven

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

Celebrating Seven

Within the natural world there is evidence to suggest seven year cycles of renewal and there is much significance tied to the number seven.  In the human body, our cells are replaced after seven years, the economy rises and falls in seven year cycles, there are seven days in the week, seven deadly sins, Seven Wonders of the World, seven chakras of the body, and most mammals have seven cervical vertebrae, just to name a few.  This season, the Saxapahaw General Store celebrates the seven-year anniversary of Cameron...

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A Pint of Summer Basil

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015

A Pint of Summer Basil

Saxapahaw General Store’s beer buyer, Kevin Coble and I visited Brian Mandeville at the Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC to chat about the Summer Basil beer.  Brian is a young- 27 year old, welcoming, burly-bearded guy.  He has a kind, gracious, and humble demeanor.  He hails from Hinesville, GA, and as a military kid spent some of his youth in Germany and Japan.  He moved to North Carolina in December 2014.  Brian attended Longwood University in Farmville, VA where he earned a degree in political science....

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