Chef Kamala Gamble of Kam’s Kookery
has just given us some hints
about this year’s prairie dinner
local foods menu:

Sun-dried tomato Crostini
Barb’s Homemade Pimento Cheese on Crostini
Anti-pasti-Seasonal Roasted Veggies

Fall Vegetables minestrone or Pureed Southwest Vegetable Chowder

Fall Salad with Local Spiced Pecans and Local apples or Pears with Blue Cheese

Slow Braised Bergen Beef Brisket with Au jus
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Local Vegetables

Chocolate Torte with caramel


Savoring this fresh, perfectly prepared,
colorful, healthy and scrumptious food
alongside gentle friends
on the prairie at Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and sun shines
golden…oh my…


And this year, along with the appetizers,
Transition OKC will announce the recipient
of its Community Catalyst Award.
It honors a person who is a catalyst
for Oklahoma City’s transition
to more local resiliency.
Looking forward to helping honor
that person!


We heard too
that fiddler extraordinaire
Kyle Dillingham
will come to Turtle Rock Farm
fresh off a gig
at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds
before 30,000. His concert
in our round-top barn
will be much more intimate.
You won’t want to miss it.

It’s time!
Reserve your place at the table:
Green Connections website.



Our September Newsletter:
Dinner, Concert, Great Autumn Retreats at Turtle Rock Farm


Thomas Berry says
that one of human beings’
most important work
is to celebrate
life Earth.
We celebrate life here on the prairie
in little ways
all the time.
And twice a year,
it gives us great pleasure
to welcome big celebrations—
In April,
an Earth Day celebration
and in the fall
Green Connections’ Prairie Dinner and Concert.
Kamala Gamble and her friends
make a delicious five-course meal
made of locally grown fresh food.

We set a long table alongside
Doe Creek,
which winds through Turtle Rock Farm,
and linger at table with wonderful people
who care about the planet,
sipping great wine from Woods and Waters Winery,
and watch evening arrive
as Earth rolls up
and the sun disappears in the west.

Then we take a stroll down the road
to the round-top barn
for a bonfire
and concert.

This year, we are extremely excited
to introduce a wonderful singer-songwriter
from Kansas,
who we get to hear every year
at The Land Institute’s Prairie Festival:
Ann Zimmerman.

Photo by Angus Wright
We love her voice, her lyrics, her humor,
her tunes—some of which
(“Blue Wild Indigo,” for one,)
celebrate the prairie.
Here are a couple more links to videos of her songs:
“Do you Know Jenny?”
“Recycling Blues”

This year,
the celebration
will be Saturday, September 22.
You can come and tour the retreat center
including gardens, pond, labyrinth;
meet the animals and visit the straw bale hermitage;
have a sit on the front porch.
Come at 3 p.m.
Dinner at the creek is at 5:30,
followed by the concert.
Reservations are at
Green Connections.
This is the fourth annual
prairie dinner and concert.
It’s always a magical evening.
Isn’t it happy work,
this celebrating?

Prairie Dinner 2011

The Milky Way
is making a dazzling swathe
across the sky
these days.
And so it is time
for the Prairie Dinner and Concert.
Last year,
this wondrous evening ended
around the bonfire,
Kyle Dillingham playing “Ashokan’s Farewell”
on his violin
as we all stood in amazement
at the beauty of the Milky Way overhead.
It could happen again.
The stars are lining up:
Kyle is on tap
(and again, he’ll play a tune or two
on our dad’s old fiddle.)
We’re always glad to share an evening with Kyle
and are always in awe of the beautiful music
he creates.
Kamala Gamble, of Kam’s Kookery,
is gathering local foods for a scrumptious dinner
set alongside Doe Creek.
It’s a magical combination:
colorful, fresh, deliciously-prepared food
coupled with Oklahoma’s best wine
from Woods and Waters Winery
at a gathering of people who care about Earth
eating al fresco
as Earth rolls up and the sun paints the sky.
On Saturday, October 1.
Guests may arrive at 3 to tour the farm,
walk the labyrinth,
see the strawbale hermitage,
visit the animals.
At 5, we’ll start with appetizers,
then dinner.
At dusk, we’ll walk to the round-top
for the concert,
some hot cider,
the fire
and the stars.

Green Connections,
the non-profit that supports
educational programming
at Turtle Rock Farm,
benefits from the proceeds.
You can make your reservations

Prairie Dinner 2009

Last year was the first
prairie dinner and concert
alongside Doe Creek
here at Turtle Rock Farm
to raise money for the good work
of Green Connections.
Green Connections
(Julian of Norwich used those words)
is a not-for-profit corporation
that supports the mission at Turtle Rock Farm
to help people connect with creation,
get to know our home here more intimately
and learn to live as part of this amazing organism
rather than using it up.

This year,
the dinner and concert will be Saturday, October 2.
At 3, there will be the chance to tour the farm and retreat center.
At 5, we’ll gather at Doe Creek in a beautiful setting
for an elegant and delicious supper
catered by Slow Foods chef Kamala Gamble
(from Kam’s Kookery.)
It will feature local foods and wines.
After dinner,
we’ll move to the round-top barn
for a concert by fiddler Kyle Dillingham
of Horsehoe Road.

Tickets are on sale through Saturday, Sept. 25.
Go to
and join us for a lovely evening
in a natural setting
with delicious local foods
dazzling music
and to raise money
for a great cause.


Outstanding in the Field Dinner – Jolie Vue Farm, Oct. 2008

We’re very excited about the fund-raiser Green Connections
is holding at Turtle Rock Farm.
Green Connections is a not-for-profit corporation
that supports the retreat work here
to help people connect with creation,
get to know it more intimately,
be healed in it,
and make choices about living more sustainably
so that Earth can heal too.

On Saturday, October 24,
at 4 pm people will gather for a tour of the farm
(think hay wagon, gardens, Alpaca)
or a hike
(think prairie, creeks, beaver dam.)
At 5:30,
(inspired by the Outstanding in the Field Dinner)
we’ll take our places at a long table
set with white cloth
along Doe Creek.

Dinner will be prepared by Oklahoma Chef Kamala Gamble
and it will feature all local foods,
from Oklahoma growers including Kamala and Turtle Rock Farm.
Kamala was recently featured in Southern Living magazine.
She is one of the co-founders of Oklahoma’s Slow Food Chapter
and besides her catering business and cooking classes,
(Kam’s Kookery)
she farms organic vegetables in an acre and a half garden.
Her food is spectacular.

Wines will be provided by Woods and Waters Winery.
We’ve been to this lovely vineyard, winery and bistro
outside of Anadarko, Oklahoma,
and love their wines.


Then, our dear friend Kyle Dillingham
will cast his musical spell upon us
in concert right here on the prairie.
Kyle is an incredible musician and performer,
a member of Horseshoe Road.
They’re the ones who wrote and recorded
the Oklahoma Centennial song, Oklahoma Rising.
Kyle was a lad when we first heard him play the fiddle
and we’ve watched him grow as a prince and a musician:
we were there when he played on Grand Ole Opry;
when he performed with Roy Clarke as a guest musician –
and heard Roy Clark say “This is my show” when Kyle stole it;
gave his senior recital at Oklahoma City University.
As a matter of fact,
we even played the old stand-up bass with him
long, long ago.
We are very proud and excited
that he can share this evening with us.

Too, on October 24,
we will all pose for a photograph with the number 350
displayed dramatically in some form
(any ideas??)
as part of the action event day
that day
when people the world over get the word out
that 350 is the limit of particles per million
that the earth can sustain –
It seems a fitting combination of conversions:
a world-wide recognition and call to stop global warming
at a dinner celebrating and recognizing the importance
of eating whole, local food grown naturally,
while taking a moment to celebrate life through music
and raising money for work
that connects
and supports
sustainable life.
Tickets are on sale

Join us
for a memorable
evening on the prairie.