Boone, North Carolina – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) announces two spring HomeGrown Workshops: a Seasonal Cocktails Workshop will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 3 PM to 5 PM and a Homemade Mozzarella Demonstration will take place on Saturday May 3 from 1 PM to 3 PM. The HomeGrown Workshop Series consists of seasonal workshops that promote sustainable living and self-sufficiency in our High Country Region. Each workshop features a local expert in our area. All proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA).
On Sunday, April 22, join CoBo Bartenders, Teddy Bourgeois and Sarah Myers, for an interactive workshop and discussion about making cocktails using seasonal ingredients. They will discuss how to make bitters and syrups that highlight locally grown products. Participants will taste three cocktails featuring these local ingredients, and receive a bitters and two syrups to experiment with at home. Participants must be 21 years old to register. The class is $30 and will takeo sgo.. place at CoBo Sushi Bar & Bistro in Boone.
On Saturday, May 3, join Holly Roark as she demonstrates how to easily make mozzarella cheese at home. Mozzarella cheese is one of the simplest and quickest cheeses to make - it is perfect for beginners! In this workshop, Holly will walk participants through the cheese making process from start to finish. She will also discuss important factors in choosing milk and other necessary ingredients. Snacks following the workshop will be provided by Stick Boy Kitchen. The class is $15 and will take place at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center.
Workshops include instruction, snacks, and product samples. All proceeds from these classes will benefit Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. Go to http://www.brwia.org/homegrown-workshops.html to register and pay for either workshop. The classes are limited so act now to reserve a spot!
These workshops are offered in conjunction with Greening My Plate Week: ‘a celebration of spring and our growing season!’ Read about more events during the week at: www.greeningmyplate.brwia.org.
Join us on Springhouse Farm as we get our pasture ready for the arrival of our Large Black/Tamworth piglets. We will start the day with an informative, sure to be lively discussion about raising pigs on pasture with Jim Fiedler, then we will get our hands dirty and build a fence and wallow, and introduce the piglets to their new home! Lunch will be provided to all who attend, including bratwurst raised on Fiedler Family Farm.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join Debbie Hamrick, as she shares insights into demographic and consumer trends that are shaping specialty crops demand in North Carolina and what that means to Tarheel agriculture. She’ll also discuss state and federal legislative and regulatory issues that directly affect specialty crops producers, including 2013 NC General Assembly highlights and FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.
Boone, North Carolina – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) announces a Culinary Knife Skills Class on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BRWIA has partnered with Chef Rebecca Sivak to create a class that demonstrates how to make efficient, professional cuts at home. All proceeds from the fundraiser-workshop benefit Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA). Register at www.brwia.org/knife-skills
During this hands-on class, Rebecca will instruct participants on a variety of cuts and important details in knife care. Students will learn six different knife cuts and have the opportunity to practice with their own knives from home. Vegetables used in the class will be a part of a bread and vegetarian chili lunch following the workshop.
West Jefferson, North Carolina – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture announces an Educational Farm Tour on February 11 (snow date Feb 18) from 1–3 pm to be followed by a “Women in Ag” potluck gathering. Join Kristen & David Travis at Old Season Farm in Ashe County where Kristen will discuss a unique approach to water and weed management in their hazelnut orchard.
Steep slopes and variable weather make water management difficult in the High Country, but swales can offer an innovative way to conserve water in our region. These level ditches help to slow the movement of surface runoff, increase water infiltration, and improve water and nutrient availability for plants.
Saturday January 18th (Snow Date TBD)
12 - 5 pm
Meet at the courthouse lot on Water St.
RSVP to programs@BRWIA.org
Come help remove and burn brush at Waterfall Farm - a Maple Syrup Farm in Ashe County! Don't miss this chance to see one of the most unique farms in our area.
Doug Munroe began back yard sugaring in 2006, tapping a few maple trees close to the house, and boiling the sap down on his wood stove. The project has grown and evolved into one of only a few commercial maple syrup operations in the state. Wheeler partnered with her father in the maple enterprise in the fall of 2012.
For the Farm Workday, volunteers will help move and burn brush. The Wheeler's have been doing some selective logging this fall in an effort to "release" sugar trees in the woods that are in competition with the other trees, giving the maples the advantage of more sun and space. There is an enormous amount of wood and work left behind after the sellable timber has been hauled away. A large portion of the logged remainders will become next years firewood for the wood-fired evaporator in the sugar house, and whats too small for that will be dragged into piles and either burned, if adjacent to a field, or left to quietly decay if immersed in forest.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Small Business Center, Watauga County Cooperative Extension, the High Country Workforce Development Board, and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture announce the 2014 Agripreneur (Agriculture Entrepreneurship) series beginning Thursdays in January 2014 from 6-8pm. Through this free four-part series, attendees will receive business and marketing instruction specific to farm operations.
The Agriculture-Entrepreneurship Series provides education to entrepreneurs who want to begin a farming business and to farmers wanting to transform their farm into a thriving business. The 4-part series includes real-world scenarios and hands-on activities. Each session features an education session, facilitated by Arlene Childers, along with a local agriculture expert guest speaker. Registering for all four workshops is highly recommended.
Register for workshops individually at www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness. Descriptions and speaker bios can be found at www.brwia.org/agripreneur. For more information contact Evelyn Asher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-297-8121.
GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH COUNTRY FARMERS With Willa Mays of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Boone, North Carolina – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture announces a Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, November 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join Willa Mays, experienced grant writer and Chief Development Officer of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, as she instructs on how to write successfully for grants available to diversifying or sustainable farms in the High Country. Representatives from Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Blue Ridge Seeds of Change, and WNC AgOptions will be present to discuss their grant cycles this year.
There are a wide variety of grants available to farms in the High Country, but conveying ideas into a successful application can be challenging. This workshop will provide attendees with the skills to clearly communicate and explain their ideas in grant applications. Topics covered by Willa Mays’s presentation include: finding grants, appropriate writing, budgeting and reporting.
Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to consult with three different granting organizations and past grant winners. WNC AgOptions, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, and Blue Ridge Seeds of Change all have grant applications that are open or will open in the fall or winter.
“We’re excited about the experts who will be joining us for this workshop.” states Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s executive director, Sarah Myers, adding “It can be a challenge to tell your story succinctly and effectively to funders, and this is an opportunity to receive guidance around how to do so. I expect the workshop will be the start of a number of great conversations”
The workshop is free and participants must register by November 18. Class size is limited, so register early to reserve a spot. Go to http://www.brwia.org/grant-writing to register. Class will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd. Boone.
Call for Proposals, Call for Investments, Announcement for a Great Opportunity Coming SEAM Dinner Nov. 10th, 2013
BRWIA is very excited to be partnering on this community philanthropy project. Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (S.E.A.M.) seeks to strengthen our region's communities through democratic community investments. We value place, participatory decision making, sustainability, and good ideas.
Participatory investment empowers communities to "vote with their dollar." Presented with proposals from local applicants, friends and neighbors invest directly in the projects of their choosing. This process cultivates relationships between community members and local entrepreneurs, challenging the traditional funding model. Participatory investment is a public dialogue, aimed at supporting community values and building a more resilient place-based economy.
Organized by Teddy Bourgeois, Chris Grasinger, Ben Loomis, Sarah Myers, Rachel Ellen Simon, and Dave Walker, S.E.A.M. seeks collaborative relationships with local organizations and initiatives. Partners for our first community investment dinner include Appalachian State University’s Power Shift team, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, CoBo Sushi Bistro & Bar, and High Country Local First.
How It Works
We are excited to invite all emerging High Country farmers and food producers to submit an idea. Awards of less than $1,000 can go toward funding a new tool, infrastructure improvement, conference fees, or any other project which will help you develop and grow as a producer.
● Tell us in 500 words about your idea, how it will impact your work, and your budget goal.
● All proposals will be considered.
● Email submissions will be accepted until October 24, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Proposals will be anonymously screened by a panel of area food systems experts, who will choose three projects. Selection criteria will be based upon the creativity, feasibility, readiness, and sustainability of the projects. Applicants will be notified by October 27, 2013.
The three selected applicants will present their proposals to community members at a locally sourced, family-style dinner on November 10, 2013. The dinner will be hosted at CoBo Sushi Bistro of Boone, with ticket sales providing project funding. All are invited to attend. Following the presentations, attendees will vote to determine the allocation of funds to each of the proposals. All three projects will receive awards, but with varying levels of investment.
To submit a proposal, email S.E.A.M. at email@example.com.
To purchase a dinner ticket, visit www.seamnc.org.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is acting as fiscal agent for this event, S.E.A.M. is brought to you by a collaboration of community members and agencies. Ticket profits (after reimbursing dinner/food costs) will go directly to awarded applicants.