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Archive for October, 2010

7 Oct

Grokfeast in North Carolina

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Whenever my family gets together, we always end up in some kind of spontaneous physical competition. Whether it’s an epic game of Ultimate Frisbee in the field next to my parents’ house, a pushup competition after Thankgiving dinner, backbends and flips across my sister’s living room, or a pull-up contest on someone’s monkey bars, we are a physical and competitive bunch. This past Labor day, a family friend commented, “It must be a Thompson family get-together,” when he saw my sister and me arm wrestling.

7 Oct

Grokfeast in Joliet, Illinois

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

The motivation for the get together was provided by the possibility of a free cow. The opportunity to share with our friends how our family has been trying to live an eat was an added bonus. Busy schedules prevented us from planning a large scale get together, but the stars aligned Sunday morning for a dinner date with a few friends later in the evening. My wife and I never hid our agenda, and explained to our friends that we were going to be serving “primal fare” in an attempt to enter a contest for a free cow.

7 Oct

Grokfeast in Burnsville, North Carolina

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

The Arthur Morgan School Grokfeast was held at 5:00pm on September, 2010. We are a boarding and day school for 7-9th graders in the mountains of western North Carolina. Our program is based on the philosophies of Johann Pestalozzi, N.S.F. Grundtvig, Mahatma Gandhi, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, and Arthur Morgan as well as the Quaker values of simple living, consensus decision-making, and non-violent problem solving. Our experiential program includes a variety of camping trips, field trips, and hands-on work on our small farm which includes caring for sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys. The quality of the food we eat at the school is important to us, so we try to grow and preserve as much as we can from our own garden while including the students in this as part of their education. We order our bulk foods from the most sustainable and organic sources we can afford. Each year we raise and slaughter chickens and turkeys for eggs and meat. The students participate in the entire process if they wish.

7 Oct

Grokfeast in North Pole, Alaska

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Our day was a Grok meets Korg kind of day. Although us Moylans are no where near perfect, we try to be as primal as possible most of the time. Imagine when the Korg-ish Aris kids stayed the night a few weeks ago only to learn we have NO cereal in the house…gulp.

7 Oct

Grokfeast in Kentucky

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Check out this beautiful PDF of the Endless Wellness Grokfeast

ScavengerHuntGroup

The idea for our Grokfeast came from brainstorming what a true primal feast would look like. The logical answer, we would catch it ourselves! From here, the idea developed to create the ultimate scavenger hunt, hopefully including catching our own dinner! I developed a list for the “hunt” that included catching, gathering and hunting various animals. I also put a lot of emphasis on including primal movements like carrying heavy things, climbing, moving slowly, hanging, etc. This all-day adventure would hopefully provide our dinner, but I had a brisket from our local grass-fed beef guy just in case.

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