The Feastie Boys Food Truck will be located at the Cooperative Extension beginning at 11:00 AM and will be offering their delicious menu of fresh, locally-based, affordable lunch options. You don't want to miss it! Come early! They'll be parked on the King Street side of the Cooperative Extension Building from 11:00-2
Thirty-seven programs did not receive funding under the current Farm Bill Extension, including programs that support organic research and production, farmers markets, beginning farmers and rural communities. Jared Cates, Community Mobilizer for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, will provide an introduction to the farm bill and its history, and an explanation of the current extension. You will hear how the current funding cuts are affecting real people – farmers, researchers and communities – throughout the Carolinas and in your region. There will also be time for questions.
Jared Cates is a recent graduate of the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill and also attended Appalachian State University where he earned bachelors degrees in both Political Science and Spanish. While he did not grow up on a farm, Jared’s family kept a large active garden. His father was a long-time chef and natural, organic foods was always a top priority in the Cates household. These days he enjoys spending time in his large urban organic garden in Durham, NC and is excited to soon be caring for his own small flock of layer chickens. (http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/)
Join Trosly Farm & Extension Livestock Agent, Eddy Labus, for this one-of-a-kind educational opportunity. This workshop is for those who are interested in raising poultry for themselves or for direct sale to customers. The Nidiffers raise their poultry on fresh pasture and use rotational grazing. Trosly Farm poultry is then processed directly on the farm for direct sale.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is now accepting farmer applications for the 2013 High Country Farm Tour. The tour will feature Watauga, Ashe, and Caldwell County farms on August 3 and 4 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 10.
“This is a great opportunity for new and well established farms to make life-long customers, share their story, and educate about their land and growing practices,” said Courtney Baines, BRWIA Director of Programs.
While the tour provides opportunities for consumers to see where their food comes from, its primary purpose is to increase farm revenue by providing an outlet for on-farm sales and helping farmers expand their customer base. Farmers who participate in the farm tour also receive a one-year complimentary Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) membership.
Last year, the High Country Farm Tour featured 22 participating farms in Ashe, Watauga, and Caldwell counties and attracted more than 500 farm visitors.
This year, BRWIA plans to build upon last year’s success by increasing advertising and programming. Participating farmers will be encouraged to attend the workshop, “Making the Most of the Farm Tour,” designed to boost on-farm sales, secure long-term customers and develop marketing tools.
Interested farmers should apply on-line at http://farmtour.brwia.org or contact Courtney Baines firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Connect with local farmers, get your hands dirty, and have tons of fun! Join Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture for our March Farm Work Day at Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm in West Jefferson. We will help with garden work and bioshelter construction as well as tour their dynamic, off-grid farm and learn the many sustainability principles employed on this one-of-a-kind farm.
*You can also meet out at the farm at 12:30.
Address: 639 Edwards Road, West Jefferson, NC | 336.877.3715
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It's about that time for the Seed Swap and Growers School!
Grab your extra seeds, your gardening and farming friends, pile into your vehicles, and come to Ashe Family Central on Saturday morning March 16th! Folks from all over will be convening in Jefferson, NC from 8am - 1:30pm to swap seeds, enjoy refreshments, learn about seed saving & tree grafting, and having a general good-'ole-time! You should be there too!
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