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Pine Island's first Clam Jam to be held at Green Planet Farm

January 20, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Come out to Green Planet Farm Saturday, Jan. 31, for a day of music, beer, clam chowder and fun hosted by the Center for Organic and Sustainable Living.

The Center for Organic and Sustainable Living is a teaching and demonstration farm promoting a holistic approach to healthy living including growing, cooking, fitness and recognition of the role that music, arts and culture have in the health of individuals & communities.

"I have a 40-acre tropical palm and organic fruit and vegetable farm in Bokeelia across from the fire station," organizer Bill Wright said. "After Hurricane Charley, I got back into the organic gardening at home and decided my farm is such a beautiful place, I would like to do a teaching and demonstration project which led to the non-profit Center for Organic and Sustainable Living.

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The 40-acre tropical palm and organic fruit and vegetable farm is located in Bokeelia, across from the Fire Station.


"One of my board members is a clam farmer managing 20 some acres of clams for PureGrown Aquaculture and he came to me with the idea of doing a clam fest. There is a 'new' clam that the industry is all abuzz about and it is a native clam called the sunray venus clam. It's a thin shelled, meatier, clam and so far the 'foodie' world and restaurants in Chicago and New York are getting excited about serving them. I hope to have some of these at the Clam Jam on the 31st at least for tasting and a discussion of these clams will be an educational component for the day. The proceeds from this event will go towards the Community Garden Project."

Musical entertainment for the day will be provided by three bands.

"There will be plenty of food and music will be provided by at least three bands," Wright said. "Grandpa's Cough Medicine is a band I heard up in Jacksonville and they play excellent bluegrass," Wright said. "We will also have the band Swamp Rats and The Good Bad Kids."

ReverbNation says of Grandpa's Cough Medicine: "Grandpa's Cough Medicine is a three-piece bluegrass band from Jacksonville, Fla. Heavily influenced by bluegrass, outlaw country and metal, GCM plays a devilish blend of blood and beer soaked originals along with hot pickin' instrumentals. Driven by furious flat picking guitar and blazing banjo runs with a thumping bass holding it all down for tight two-part vocal harmonies. GCM is sure to get your foot stompin'."

"The palm tree farm is located at 14900 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia (across the street from the Bokeelia fire station), and admission is just $5, which includes parking, live music, a clam farming educational exhibit, nature tours, palm weaving demos and arts and crafts vendors," Wright said.



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