4-H Club Caldwell County Fair Theme

Barn renovation for 4H projectPatterson Equestrian Center will be featured in a Caldwell County Fair Booth by one of our local 4-H Club groups, Giddy On Up. The theme of this year’s Caldwell County Fair is “Growing Greatness in Caldwell County”. The Giddy On Up Group, led by Evelyn Garvey and Sherry Hodge,  will feature the re-emergence of the Patterson Equestrian Center, and they have worked countless hours to help renovate this historic Caldwell County treasure! Their booth has won a blue ribbon for their past 4 years at the fair. Please go by to take a look at their booth, and thank them for their hard work, and support of Patterson Equestrian Center.

Horse Show announcing Equestrian Center and Riding Club Opening





Patterson School Foundation will reintroduce the Patterson Equestrian Center to Happy Valley by hosting its first Open Horse Show on Saturday November 1st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The event offers an opportunity for riders of all ages, 5 years through adult, and all skill levels to participate in traditional and non-traditional games.  Additionally, it will showcase some of the exciting, emerging programs and services available including boarding, hiking and riding clubs.

The Patterson Equestrian Center provides a picturesque setting for riders and is the first physical, agricultural manifestation of the Patterson School Foundation’s vision for renewal and abundance on the beautiful and historic, 1400-acre campus.   Participants, sponsors, vendors and volunteers are welcome and will come together for this inaugural event.

Contact:  Evelyn Garvey
Tel:      828-493-4089
Email:    skgarvey@charter.net

(click on the Equestrian link for class list, entry form, and information.)

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“There is life at Patterson again, positive, restorative, regenerative energy, that is reclaiming the past and passionately pursuing its’ future potential,” said Board Chair Kitty Rosati, “Our sights are set on being a gift to the community, an educational and healing center for fun, friendship and food!”


The former Patterson School, now Patterson School Foundation is nestled in Happy Valley, 9 miles north of Lenoir and 20 miles south of Boone and Blowing Rock.  Resting on the former Palmyra Plantation once belonging to Samuel Legerwood Patterson, it was established as an agricultural school for boys in 1909, later becoming a coed, college prep school for 100 years.


For more information or to schedule an interview with Board Chair Kitty Rosati, please call her directly at 919-971-1348 or email at rosekit@aol.com.






Christmas Social/Surprise Birthday Party

Given by Patterson School Foundation on The Patterson School Campus,  in Hickory Hall Dining Room, at 5:30 pm, on Dec. 12, Campus tenants, old friends, & family gathered for  a pot-luck Christmas Dinner to surprise Jim Hogan on his 82nd birthday. The Dining Hall was decorated with a Christmas tree, colorful holiday table linens, a Nativity, and a special berry & greenery centerpiece by Liza Plaster.


Jim Hogan and Family
Janet Spoon, Kitty Rosati

Jim & Janet with cake, Liza's arrangement & Janet Wilson in background

Jim Hogan and Janet Spoon

The PSF Board presented Jim with a special framed print of the School’s old dinner bell, more recently known as “The Victory Bell.”  A brass inscription was attached:

“In loving honor of Jim Hogan In cherished memory of Marie Hogan For 30 years of service, faith and leadership 1983 – 2013 Countless lives touched for good & for Christ Well done, thou good & faithful servants”

Alex Bernhardt & Jim

Alex Bernhardt and Jim Hogan

Jim joined The Patterson School Board of Trustees in 1983, thus beginning his and his wife Marie’s service to the School.  When the Episcopal Church decided to close and sell the School at auction in 1994, the Hogans, other locals, & Betty Patterson Medlin (Great Niece of Samuel L. Patterson) & her husband George, committed to saving the property and legacy for our community’s future generations.  The group was legally advised to establish Patterson School Foundation, Inc. for the purpose of purchasing and protecting the property.  The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to preserving the Campus for educational, agricultural, and historic purposes.

The School reopened in 1995 and continued to operate through May 2009, the School’s Centennial year.  We are grateful that Jim has recently been able to enjoy a renewal of agricultural activities and educational ventures on this treasured property.

A descendant of  General William Lenoir, Jim was born in the house where he still lives, He spent many years operating his father’s business, Appalachian Outdoor Advertising before selling the business to Lamar.  He continues to own & operate Joyceton Waterworks in Whitnel.  He also continues to be the primary manager and caretaker for The Patterson School Campus, now the location of Patterson Science Center, Patterson Reborn Community Church, and Moravian Prep.

In the 1990s, the School established an annual award known as “The Jim Hogan Dedication Award.”  It was well-named, and recipients had to show great love for the Campus through hard and steady work.

His children are James Hogan and wife Janis of Lenoir, and John Hogan and wife Margaret of Raleigh, NC.  His grandsons are Clay and Paul Hogan of Lenoir, and his granddaughters are Cameron and Parker Hogan of Raleigh.

Jim is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, and a graduate of Davidson College and McCallie School.  He was born on December 12, 1931, in Lenoir, NC.

Can GMOs Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?

Institute for Responsible Technology – Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?
Experts agree that the recent increase in gluten-related disorders cannot be explained by genetics alone and that there must be some environmental trigger. In this video, Jeffrey Smith, internationally recognized expert on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and Tom Malterre, expert in clinical n…

Doctors Warn Avoid GM Food

Doctors Warn Avoid
Genetically Modified Food
By Jeffrey M. Smith

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine states,”Genetically Modified foods have not been properly tested and pose a serious health risk. There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation.”Last May the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling.AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”More and more doctors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of AAEM says, “I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically modified foods.” Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says “I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it.”

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM, says, “Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions.” World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava goes one step further. After reviewing more than 600 scientific journals, he concludes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans.

Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that “children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems” related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become “the experimental animals.”

The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks-compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant.

When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color-from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.

Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state of Haryana, India revealed that most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died. In the US, about two dozen farmers reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the same corn.

Food Designed to Produce Toxins

GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them. Biotech companies claim that the pesticide, called Bt (produced from soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis) has a history of safe use, since organic farmers and others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control.

The Bt-toxin produced in GM plants, however, is thousands of times more concentrated than natural Bt spray, is designed to be more toxic, has properties of an allergen, and unlike the spray, cannot be washed off the plant.

Moreover, studies confirm that even the less toxic natural bacterial spray is harmful. When dispersed by plane to kill gypsy moths in the Pacific Northwest, about 500 people reported allergy or flu-like symptoms. Some had to go to the emergency room. The exact same symptoms are now being reported by farm workers throughout India who have handled Bt cotton. In 2008, based on medical records, the Sunday India reported, “Victims of itching have increased massively this year related to BT cotton farming.”

American Academy of Environmental Medicine states, “Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation,” including increase in cytokines, which are “associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation”-all on the rise in the US.

According to GM food safety expert Dr. Arpad Pusztai, changes in the immune status of GM animals are “a consistent feature of all the studies.” Even Monsanto’s own research showed significant immune system changes in rats fed Bt corn. A November 2008 study by the Italian government also found that mice have an immune reaction to Bt corn.

GM soy and corn each contain two new proteins with allergenic properties, GM soy has up to seven times more trypsin inhibitor-a known soy allergen-and skin prick tests show some people react to GM, but not to non-GM soy. Soon after GM soy was introduced to the UK, soy allergies skyrocketed by 50%. Perhaps the US epidemic of food allergies and asthma is a casualty of genetic manipulation.

In India, animals graze on cotton plants after harvest. But when shepherds let sheep graze on Bt cotton plants, thousands died. Post mortems showed severe irritation and black patches in both intestines and liver (as well as enlarged bile ducts). Investigators said preliminary evidence “strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin most probably Bt-toxin.” In a small follow-up feeding study by the Deccan Development Society, all sheep fed Bt cotton plants died within 30 days; those that grazed on natural cotton plants remained healthy.

In a small village in Andhra Pradesh, buffalo grazed on cotton plants for eight years without incident. On January 3rd, 2008, the buffalo grazed on Bt cotton plants for the first time. All 13 were sick the next day; all died within 3 days. Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany, and horses, water buffaloes, and chickens in the Philippines.

In lab studies, twice the number of chickens fed Liberty Link corn died; 7 of 20 rats fed a GM tomato developed bleeding stomachs; another 7 of 40 died within two weeks. Monsanto’s own study showed evidence of poisoning in major organs of rats fed Bt corn, according to top French toxicologist G. E. Seralini.

Worst Finding of All-GMOs Remain Inside Us

The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories, possibly for the rest of our lives.

When evidence of gene transfer is reported at medical conferences around the US, doctors often respond by citing the huge increase of gastrointestinal problems among their patients over the last decade. GM foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans.

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous long-term tests. But the White House had ordered the agency to promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO policy. That policy, which is in effect today, denies knowledge of scientists’ concerns and declares that no safety studies on GMOs are required. It is up to Monsanto and the other biotech companies to determine if their foods are safe. Mr. Taylor later became Monsanto’s vice president.

American Academy of Environmental Medicine states, “GM foods have not been properly tested” and “pose a serious health risk.” Not a single human clinical trial on GMOs has been published. A 2007 review of published scientific literature on the “potential toxic effects/health risks of GM plants” revealed “that experimental data are very scarce.” The author concludes his review by asking, “Where is the scientific evidence showing that GM plants/food are toxicologically safe, as assumed by the biotechnology companies?”

Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki answers, “The experiments simply haven’t been done and we now have become the guinea pigs.” He adds, “Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,’ I say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying.”

Dr. Schubert points out, “If there are problems, we will probably never know because the cause will not be traceable and many diseases take a very long time to develop.” If GMOs happen to cause immediate and acute symptoms with a unique signature, perhaps then we might have a chance to trace the cause.

This is precisely what happened during a US epidemic in the late 1980s. The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique measurable change in the blood-but it still took more than four years to identify that an epidemic was even occurring. By then it had killed about 100 Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or become permanently disabled. It was caused by a genetically engineered brand of a food supplement called L-tryptophan.

If other GM foods are contributing to the rise of autism, obesity, diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, allergies, reproductive problems, or any other common health problem now plaguing Americans, we may never know. In fact, since animals fed GMOs had such a wide variety of problems, susceptible people may react to GM food with multiple symptoms. It is therefore telling that in the first nine years after the large scale introduction of GM crops in 1996, the incidence of people with three or more chronic diseases nearly doubled, from 7% to 13%.

To help identify if GMOs are causing harm, the AAEM asks their “members, the medical community, and the independent scientific community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health.”

Citizens need not wait for the results before taking the doctor’s advice to avoid GM foods. People can stay away from anything with soy or corn derivatives, cottonseed and canola oil, and sugar from GM sugar beets-unless it says organic or “non-GMO.”

If even a small percentage of people choose non-GMO brands, the food industry will likely respond as they did in Europe-by removing all GM ingredients. Thus, American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s non-GMO prescription may be a watershed for the US food supply.

Jeffrey M. Smith, Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of GMOs. His first book, Seeds of Deception is the world’s bestselling book on the subject. His second, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, identifies 65 risks of GMOs and demonstrates how superficial government approvals are not competent to find most of them. He invited the biotech industry to respond in writing with evidence to counter each risk, but correctly predicted that they would refuse, since they don’t have the data to show that their products are safe.