Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times bestselling author who teaches in the humanities department at Piedmont College.
Her life changed in 1992, when she and her husband Ed left the big city for the foothills of the Appalachians to establish Indian Ridge Organic Farm. Their move to the fertile land that lies in view of Mount Yonah and the Chattahoochee River gave rise to Taylor’s three award-winning memoirs and her lasting awareness of the sacred connection between humans and humus, food and earth, farmers and faithfulness.
Taylor’s last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. In 2014 she was named one of TIME’s Most Influential People.
Taylor has been a featured speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, but she would rather be at home in the kitchen cooking the Purple Beauty peppers and Fairy Tale eggplants that Ed has just brought up from the garden.
Boyd Baker of the Good Gracious Show recently sat down with Barbara Brown Taylor to preview her keynote speech. Check out the full interview here:
CheFarmer Matthew Raiford, executive chef and owner at The Farmer and The Larder in Brunswick, featured in January 2016’s Garden & Gun as one of the South’s most exciting new restaurants, most recently served as the program coordinator and associate professor of Culinary Arts at the College of Coastal Georgia.
Raiford has a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the University of California Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.
Raiford is also the farmer at Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, Ga. where he is the sixth generation to farm on the land that has been in his family since 1874. Gilliard Farms is a family-run, Certified Organic farm growing under the watchful eye of Matthew and his sibling Althea. Gilliard Farms was first established by Matthew’s great, great, great grandfather Jupiter Gilliard.
As part of our video series We Farm Georgia, featuring an inspiring cast of African Americans, Latinos, Asians and Veterans produced by Anthony-Masterson (anthonymasterson.com) and funded by a grant from the USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach, we profiled Matthew at his farm in Brunswick. Watch the full series here.