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Welcome to the May issue. Don’t forget mom and her special day on May 8th. Be sure to take time out to honor her for all that she has done for you. This issue has a wonderful Mother’s Day article that gives ideas on that perfect gift for her. Relay For Life is a yearly, signature event for the American Cancer Society. This year, the Statesville Relay will be held at the Iredell County Fairgrounds on May 20th, and the Mooresville Relay will be held at Mooresville High School on June 3rd. Please come out and support Relay in both communities. I know you’ll enjoy reading our cover story about Farm House Gardeners – a garden and landscape company that is truly unique. Among our other articles is a story about the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and the important work that they do. And this month we start a new feature called, “Cooking With Chef Troy”, which will highlight original recipes from Troy Gagliardo. Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th. Let us always remember the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made and never forget them.

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have walked the path of illness before us

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of fear and grief in all of us, “you have

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cancer.” Thanks to the coordinated

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Manager for the American Cancer So-

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Gardening and Landscaping With a Heart By Kristie Darling

An enchanted place is hard to find these days. The hustle and bustle of our lives sometimes keep us from feeling at peace with the world. There’s a remedy for these moments, easily found and delightful to experience. It is the treasure of Farm House Gardeners. Tucked away behind tall evergreens is a garden and landscape company like no other. Specializing in unique, rare and native plants, Farm House Gardeners is as much a destination as a retail business.



Darrin Paschal, and his wife, Elizabeth, are owners, caretakers, creators and curators of this very special enterprise. “We want the experience of shopping here to be family friendly, so we’ve put up swings in with the plants,” Darrin shared. “Whether you’re planting a new patio garden at your home, setting out an organic herb garden with your grandchildren, or developing a total estate design, we can help you make it happen. And, you’ll learn a few things about plants, soil and design along the way.” The beauty and serenity at Farm House Gardeners is legend. Set beneath its signature 100 year old willow oak, you’ll find the most amazing selection of seedlings, flowers, herbs, vegetable plants, shrubs, and trees. The variety of ornamentals, standards, exotics, annuals, perennials, and roses, is extraordinary. Each purchase you make at Farm House Gardeners is an investment that will last a lifetime. This is true, not only because of the exceptionally high quality of the plants, but also because the advice and expertise you get from Farm House Gardeners’ staff provides all you need to know to grow your new plants in the right soil, in the right location and at the right time. “We don’t have many warranty issues,” Darrin told me. “Just a few out of hundreds of sales. We’re in the business of selling plants, but if a customer isn’t interested in the compost, I’d rather they start learning about that and come back later for the plants.” EXPERTISE, CREATIVITY AND PASSION Darrin knows what he’s talking about. Years of experience has led him here. As a child, he spent time helping his parents and grandparents in their vegetable gardens. During high school and college he worked at Godley’s Garden Center in Salisbury. “I’ve been in the dirt all my life,” Darrin said with a smile. He has a degree in Finance and Investment Banking from UNC-Charlotte that has served him well over the years, both as financial manager and then division manager of Budd Group, a large landscaping company in Charlotte and later when he started Custom Gardens of the Carolinas, a residential landscaping company. Darrin bought Farm House Gardeners in 2002 from Kay and Randall Kincaid. The Kincaids had opened the nursery in 1980, specializing in plant propagation and landscaping. “What we’re trying to do now is educate folks on the proper techniques for successful planting,” Darrin said. “For instance, ornamental grasses look great in the fall, but they should be planted in the spring to avoid root rot. Unlike some stores that sell plants, we offer more than what’s currently in bloom. Even beginning gardeners can choose the right plant for its purpose and location, perhaps something they’ve never seen before.”

FULL SERVICE LANDSCAPING AND DESIGN Landscape design is an art in itself. Darrin’s team offers custom design and planting services at your home. Whether you need foundation plantings for a new home, a complete makeover of your poolside flowerbeds or a design laid out for your outdoor living space, Farm House Gardeners can make it happen. No job is too big or too small. By starting with a suitable plan for your location, taking into consideration the soil, sun and shade, the terrain, and what your vision is, the results will be long lasting, beautiful and appropriate. “We can design beds, hardscapes, paths and ponds, irrigation systems; whatever you need,” Darrin told me. “We offer full gardening services—pruning, fertilizing, weeding. We can maintain fountains and landscape lighting. We’ll even pick up the planters from your deck and deliver them back to you beautifully filled with the perfect blooms for your site.” Photos: On the cover and above–Darrin and Elizabeth Paschal, owners of Farm House Gardeners. Opposite page–Farm House Gardeners covers more than three acres of gardening heaven located in Statesville. IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING••MAY MAY2011 2011

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Farm House Gardeners’ 3.3-acre site is filled with statuary, planters, trellises, window boxes, wind chimes—all the accessories of a well-designed homescape. The quality and beauty of these decorative and utilitarian pieces is unsurpassed. Darrin’s team can seamlessly place these items into your garden so that it looks like they were planted, too. The entire Farm House Gardeners’ location showcases creative ornaments and embellishments that you will fall in love with. THEN THERE’S THE HOUSE The namesake of Farm House Gardeners, a 1920s clapboard house, sits off to the side, surrounded delightfully with wellestablished shrubs and flowers. Walk in, and you are suddenly amongst an assortment of fine household accessories, lamps, candles, personal gift items, kitchen ware, linens, art, jewelry, books and of course, flower arrangements, vases and centerpieces. “Nancy Meadows, who just retired after 29 years here, transformed what was originally a gardening shop filled with fertilizer, into this most beautiful gift and accessories shop,” Darrin explained. “People don’t realize all that is here. I love to cook, so we now have a kitchen room. I’m excited to be Statesville’s exclusive source for Culinary Institute of America cookware and cutlery. It’s easy for me to sell things that I enjoy. I’m always looking for beautiful new items for the shop.”

© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

Flower arrangements for weddings, dinners, parties, or for display in your home can be ordered. In-house florist, June Cavin, started at Farm House Gardeners last winter designing natural gardening style arrangements for all occasions. If you’ve never been in Farm House Gardeners’ cozy shop, make a point to drop in soon. Spring is the perfect season to visit. Ideas for your home and garden will pop into your head like never before. It’s like walking into the very finest gardening magazine, only much, much better!



© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

WORKSHOPS, EVENTS, SEMINARS Want to learn about container gardening? Arrangements for the holidays? Proper pruning in the natural landscape? How about fertilizer and soil preparation? Guest gardeners are invited in for workshops and classes throughout the year. Invitations and announcements of sales, seminars, demonstrations, and tastings are emailed to existing customers, a clientele list they’ve been building for many years. You can register to receive invitations at the website, While you’re online, glance through the gallery of photos on each page—you’ll be enticed to visit in person! There’s a bounty of quiet, creative energy among Darrin’s staff of seven gardening experts. Darrin and his wife, Elizabeth, have brought together the perfect combination of high quality, elegant and unique plants and garden delights along with an energetic

© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

Photos Opposite page, top to bottom: • Whether you are looking for flowers or herbs for a container garden, or bed plants, Farm House Gardeners has a wonderful selection. • Lori Martin plants custom baskets for customers. • Lori and Leah Dunlap load a customer’s vehicle with custom baskets and ferns for their outdoor spaces. • Children play on the swing set while their parents shop. Pictured here: Top, left–The Gift Shop is full of treasures for your home. Top, right–Leah helps a customer in the Gift Shop. Left and bottom–You can purchase silk arrangements for your home or order fresh floral arrangements for any occasion in the Gift Shop. © 2011 Shane Greene Photography

sales and service team geared toward exceptional customer satisfaction and abundant knowledge of gardening. And, we mustn’t forget Max, the cat, who just appeared one day. He’s there for the loving, strolling though the gardens, letting just about anyone pick him up as they shop. Evidently, he has lots of girlfriends.

© 2011 Shane Greene Photography

LET IT GROW If I haven’t convinced you that a visit to Farm House Gardeners will be a treat, and the first of many visits, you need to check for a pulse. The people there are the best, the service is excellent, the gifts and wares are the very finest, and the plants— well the plants live there now, but you can take some home with you anytime.

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Dove House

Assists Families and Victims of Child Abuse Photos and article by Meredith Collins


he big front door opens just as I’m walking up to it and a smiling face appears, welcoming me into a foyer area filled with stuffed animals of all different colors. I immediately feel at home as we walk into a comfy family room with toys, couches and even a fire in the fireplace. The next two rooms make me realize the harsh, unfortunate reality of why Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center needs to exist – a medical examination room and a small interview room. Dove House in Statesville serves victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending family members in Iredell and Alexander Counties. Meeting a Need Prior to its opening in 2002, there was no central facility in this area to serve victims of child sexual abuse. Many times a child would disclose that they had been sexually abused 16


to a teacher and the teacher would report it to the principal who would then report it to law enforcement. The child would experience an average of 6-9 interviews, having to retell their account over and over, reliving a nightmare they had tried to forget. After learning about the well intended, but uncoordinated process through a personal experience of a committee member, a small group of six volunteers formed a Steering Committee to create a Children’s Advocacy Center in Iredell County. Since then, Dove House has provided direct services to over 1,800 reported child victims, plus over 4,400 “secondary” victims (e.g. parents, siblings, etc.), and the successful prosecution rate of child sex offenders in Iredell and Alexander counties has increased from less than 20% to 87%. Dove House Team Now the Dove House team includes the

executive director, a trained forensic interviewer who conducts legally sound interviews in a child-friendly environment and two victim advocates to walk alongside the victims through the entire process. The team works closely with Law Enforcement, the Department of Social Services, the District Attorney, therapists and anyone else working on the case needing information. During the interviews these members watch live via a video camera from the team room, allowing everyone to get the information needed in the case from only one interview. Standing by Their Side Finding out your child has been sexually molested and trying to move the case through the court system can be very challenging to many families. The victim advocates, Candy Feimster and Teresa Naylor, greet families the first time they walk through the front

door of the Dove House and stay by their side through the entire process. “We help determine their insurance and help with bills and grocery expenses, especially if the offender is the breadwinner of the family,” Feimster said. “We call to check on them, set up therapy and help them understand the legal process.” While many times their jobs are difficult as they deal with the hardships of these families affected by child sexual abuse, Dove House staff says there are many rewards as well. They keep in contact with many of the children they meet and sometimes are even invited to their graduations and learn about their weddings and children’s births. Naylor says she gives many children a stuffed animal as they are leaving Dove House. Many times that stuffed animal becomes so special to them and they keep it for years. “You’d think they would associate the stuffed animal with something negative and want to throw it away,” Naylor said. “That just shows you the experience they have here, it’s a positive memory. Someone actually takes the time to listen to their story.” Dove House has listened to many stories and gets an average of five cases each week. The Next Chapter After ten years of leadership, executive Brenda Deal retired in early April and Dove House hired a new director, Ken Wooten. “This is a bittersweet moment for me, because Dove House is a big piece of my heart and always will be, Deal said. “But I firmly believe God has once again blessed this organization by bringing us a person to whom I am more than comfortable ‘turning over the reins‘. With the superb clinical staff that we have, and now the outstanding leadership skills that Ken brings, Dove House is well positioned for continued success in serving children and families that are suffering because of child sexual abuse. And besides, I’m not going far; I intend to remain very involved as a volunteer and board member – something that seems to give Ken an added level of comfort as he embarks on a new career in the non-profit world!” Deal’s passion for the Dove House shines through. Now, it’s on to the next chapter.

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Stop Hunger Now – What can we do to help? By Linda B. Wilson For most of us it is difficult to imagine going hungry for even a day or two – but in developing countries many are hungry every day. How helpless it must be for mothers when they cannot calm their starving children because there is no food to give. These are not just rumors, the facts are 25,000 people die every day from hunger or related causes. It is a fact that one child dies every six seconds from malnutrition. These numbers were so disturbing to nonprofit entrepreneur, Ray Buchanan, that in 1998 he founded Stop Hunger Now. Rev. Buchanan is an ordained United Methodist Minister and a Vietnam Marine Corps veteran. His humanitarian efforts have grown and become a non-profit international hunger relief organization. Since 2005, the program has packaged over 39 million meals. Rev. Buchanan’s goal is to end hunger in our lifetime. With its headquarters located in Raleigh, Stop Hunger Now, with the help of volunteers, has been able to provide food and aid to children and families in 72 countries. Most of the meals go to school lunches, orphanages and crisis situations around the world. Each packaged meal includes rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 vitamins and minerals. These packets have a shelf-life of five years. When the earthquake hit Haiti, Stop Hunger Now had previously sent more than six million meals to support school feeding programs in that country. A new shipment had arrived in Haiti just one month before the disaster and made providing relief immediate. To learn more about Stop Hunger Now, visit website. The Statesville District United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now Packaging Event on May 14, from 8:30 to 4:30 at 116 Anna Drive, Statesville. To volunteer to help package or make a donation to meals, contact coordinator Billy Hobbs at 704-437-1062 or Working together we may actually “Stop Hunger Now” in our lifetime. Photos courtesy of Stop Hunger Now organization 18


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Spring Events Bring Energy To Statesville

ake no mistake, this really is my favorite time of the year. There aren’t too many vistas like driving into town on Broad Street in the spring. The towering hardwoods that have been barren for the preceding season are blooming into a canopy of shade. Spring floral displays provide their own welcome for travelers. The homes and neighborhoods seem to take on a greater sense of pride. Perhaps most important of all, you typically see people out and about; running, walking, playing with their dog or just talking. The energy of spring beckons a new sense of community. In many respects, our job at the Chamber is to help foster the sense and spirit of community. We thrive on energy – on creating a “buzz” in the community. As this new season begins to bloom, the community gets the opportunity to embrace some of those eclectic occasions that make us unique. I had the opportunity to go to the “first of the year” Farmer’s Market in Pecan Park last month. It’s funny how just a few months ago, I had allowed myself to take it for granted. This farmer’s market, as well as the other two in town, gives us an opportunity to do more than just shake the dirty hand of a local farmer as we purchase their home grown product. It’s more than just a bushel of beans and potatoes. This farmer’s market is about fresh herbs, handmade soaps, music and smiles.

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



Spring brings us the first Art Crawl of 2011. Coordinated by the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation, our Art Crawls began in 2008 with an eye popping 750 people participating. We thought we were in “high cotton” back then. Now,

it is not out of the ordinary to have a few thousand people roaming the streets of downtown Statesville on the evening of our Art Crawl. Let’s be clear, this is about artists and their expertise, but the overarching benefit is the energy for the community. We are thrilled to be a part, yet again, of Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five. Oh yeah… our first event will be on May 6 with the high energy music of Billy Scott and the Party Prophets. This year we are planning eight concerts (the next would be May 20). We kid ourselves sometimes when we think it’s all about the music. It is important but this spring and summer staple is about friendship. Easily drawing nearly 2,000 people per event, Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five is where you go if you just want to meet old, or new, friends. We are not living in Camelot. You can tell that by the construction underway on Center Street for the streetscape project. There is no question that the short-term headaches caused by this construction are real, but they can be tempered by the reality that what will take its place will bring a new spring, a new energy, of its own. The project was undertaken to expand the business and economic vitality in downtown. Even the energy created by bulldozers brings promise. We are blessed to live in this special place at this particular time. One of my character defects is that I move too quickly to appreciate my surroundings. My mind goes off in hundreds of directions. Today, though, I am grateful for this extraordinary opportunity to live in Statesville, Iredell County and North Carolina amidst the energy and beauty of spring.

Cooking with Chef


Chef Troy Gagliardo has been making regular guest appearances on the Fox News Rising Show for over 3 years; demonstrating his own unique style of food. In March of 2008, "Tuesday’s with Troy" became a weekly feature on the show. Chef Troy has prepared over 600 original recipes live on WCCB Fox Charlotte and made several appearances on Fox Edge. He is a free lance food writer for Carolina Weekly,, Charlotte Style Magazine and is now providing wonderful recipes for Iredell Living Magazine. He has penned several cookbooks. His first, Seasonal Comforts, can be purchased through his publisher at

Tuna Burger with Wasabi Mayo & Sprout Slaw Makes four 8 ounce burgers

Burgers: • 2 pounds tuna steaks-cubed • 1 green onion, sliced thin • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger • 1 clove garlic, diced fine • 1 tablespoon soy sauce • 1 egg, beaten • 1/4 cup bread crumbs • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 4 hamburger buns Place tuna in food processor and pulse until tuna is roughly chopped; tuna should be in small chunks not processed into a mash. Tuna can also be roughly chopped on a cutting board with a knife. Place tuna in a large mixing bowl and combine with onion, peeled and chopped ginger, garlic, soy sauce, egg, bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper. With a rubber spatula fold ingredients together, do not over mix, tuna should still remain in small chunks. Divide into four equal portions and form into patties a little larger than the buns.

Wasabi Mayo: • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 1 clove fresh garlic • 3 tablespoon canola oil • 2 tablespoons wasabi paste • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Smash garlic into a paste. Warm oil in pan over low heat, add garlic and cook until softened. Do not burn, remove from heat and allow to cool. Place mayo in mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Combine with a wire whisk. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Grill and Assemble Burgers: Heat grill to medium high heat, lightly oil and season the burgers. Place on grill over direct heat and grill 2 to 3 minutes then rotate and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Using a flat metal spatula, flip tuna burgers; continue to grill to desired doneness. Remove burgers and let rest. Lightly toast inside of buns on grill. Smear a little wasabi mayo on bottom bun and place tuna burger on bun. On top of the burger, place a little sprout slaw and top bun. Serve with any remaining wasabi mayo and sprout slaw on the side.

Sprout Slaw: • 10 brussel sprouts, halved and cut into thin strips • 1/2 cup bean sprouts • 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded • 1/4 cup wasabi mayo • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar In a medium bowl, mix the wasabi mayo and apple cider vinegar together using a wire whisk. Add brussel sprouts, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts and carrots to the wasabi mayo dressing and toss gently together to coat. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.

You can watch Chef Troy every Tuesday on Fox Charlotte's Fox News Rising. E-mail: Follow Chef Troy on Facebook and Twitter IREDELL LIVING • MAY 2011


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Race City Festival: A Celebration of Mooresville’s Art and Culture

ay is the month that

activity in the Mooresville area,

the MSI Chamber’s

we are richly blessed. Our gal-

Race City Festival

leries and the Mooresville Artist

is held in beautiful downtown

Guild constantly display the work

Mooresville. This year’s event ~ A

of painters, sculptors, potters and

Celebration of Mooresville’s Art and

various other crafters. Museums

Culture ~ will be on Saturday the

offer historical information which

14th, from 9am until 3pm.

is so valuable regarding our roots as a community. Our schools and

Those who attend the family-

educational institutions offer con-

friendly festival will marvel at all

tinuous creative learning through

that our community has to offer

their music and art departments.

and will become more engaged in

The Town of Mooresville offers a

our culture. Artists from around

wide menu of classes and activi-

the region will be showcased and

ties through their Parks & Rec-

the galleries on Main and Broad

reation Department, as do many

Streets will open their doors. With

other local organizations. Theatre

a network of artists and community

productions and concerts can be

organizations that continues to

found listed almost every week on

grow each year, the festival offers a

the community calendar at www.

sense of spectacle and play, allow-

ing attendees to feel more connected. Tradition will be unveiled by

The MSI Chamber of Commerce

merchants who bring product onto

supports the advancement of

the sidewalks. Churches, schools,

lifelong learning opportunities

and local businesses will partici-

in the arts. From the standpoint

pate by exhibiting the opportuni-

of community development, it is

ties that they make available for

important that people of all ages,

our citizens. Music, fellowship and

backgrounds and abilities are

laughter will fill the air. Attendees

participating in arts and educa-

and exhibitors leave feeling as if

tion programs that develop aes-

they have experienced something

thetic knowledge and skills, foster

special, something transcendent.

personal development and enhance

The festival truly offers a time

quality of life. These programs

of exploration, connectivity and

awaken a spirit of creativity within

celebration of the Mooresville-Lake

everyone, no matter their level of

Norman region.

ability or artistic potential. Involvement in the arts is essential to

Karen Shore President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 24


The implementation of culture

individual fulfillment and commu-

built into the social fabric of an

nity life. Mooresville is a commu-

environment is seen as a means

nity where its citizens understand

for creative economic develop-

and appreciate the value of the arts

ment and community enrichment.

in their lives, and in the life of our

Considering the arts and cultural



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