Monthly Updates

Upper PeeDee Farm and Food Council

Local Farm and Food Updates – April, 2013

In this edition:

+++Farm Fresh Ventures now selling subscriptions

+++Save the Dates:  UPFFC County Public Forums

+++Anson New Tech High School presentations

+++Anson, Montgomery, Stanly Farmers Markets opening

+++National Ag Day

+++CONNECT Our Future

Local/Regional   

+++Farm Fresh Ventures (FFV) Farm Coop – Have you been wanting to support your local farmers?  Eat more local produce?  FFV is now selling subscriptions for a weekly produce box of fresh vegetables and fruit for a family of four, May 7 through September.  9 core growers from our counties are part of this farmers’ coop, maybe even some farmers you know.  FFV allows payroll deduction, and splitting boxes are encouraged, especially if you have just two people in the family.  FFV accepts Debit/Credit Cards.  You can subscribe online or call your local Cooperative Extension office.  To learn much more, go to http://www.farmfreshventures.com!

And if you would like to help FFV, volunteers are welcome to help box the produce once a week in Wadesboro at the Farmers Market, 8am.

+++Save the Dates for UPFFC County Public Forums – Anson – Tuesday, April 30, 6:30pm, Lockhart-Taylor Center; Montgomery – Monday, April 28, 6pm, Cooperative Extension Office; Stanly – Thursday, April 25, 6:30, AgriCivic Center

 

+++Anson New Tech HS “Living Off the Land”704-694-7447, Chris Stinson, Principal, 704-694-7447.  Anson New Tech students hosted a Shiitake Mushroom workshop on March 25th from 1-4pm. The workshop was led by an NC A&T University Professor.  Both students and community members participated in hands on work culminating in the inoculation of three of their own logs. April 19th community members are welcome to come out and support the students as they present their business plans. Presentations will begin at 8:30am at 118 W. Ashe St, Wadesboro NC 28170. The following have been mentors to our teams:

Group #1 Cut Flowers; Martha Parker, Mentor
Group #2 Hydroponics; John Lee, Mentor
Group #3 Shiitake Mushrooms: Robert Colf, Mentor
Group #4 Heritage Chickens; Gary Sikes, Mentor
Group #5 Free Range Pigs; Dale Nelson, Mentor
Group #6 Dairy Beef; Roddie Percer, Mentor
Group #7 Vegetables; Aimee Rankin, Mentor
Group #8 Honey Bees; Jerry Taylor, Wayne Davis, Mentors
Group #9 Blueberries; Joyce Johnson, Mentor

+++Farmers Markets Opening Soon! – Look for the markets listed below to open April/May.  We will be listing all of their info in April Updates and on our new, upcoming UPFFC website.

New Stanly Commons Farmers Market – This new farmers market will be opening in May on Mondays, 10am-2pm, at the Commons in Albemarle.  The goal is to encourage Public Health clients and employees of the county and hospital to buy fresh, local fruits and vegetables.  This is one way that will not only address the epidemic of obesity, but also contribute to the growing local farm and food system in our region.  There will be cooking demos to showcase healthy ways of preparing seasonal produce.  The first vendor meeting was March 26, to plan the setup of the market, advertising, etc.  For information about selling, contact Jennifer Layton, SC Public Health Education Specialist, and market manager, 704-986-3018  jlayton@stanlycountync.gov

Albemarle/Stanly – Opening day is Sat, April 13, 8am-12pm, with the annual plant sale, spring craft sale, and special activities for children.  See much more at www.albemarledowntown.com/farm_market, 704-984-9415.  June-August the market will operate on Wednesdays as well.

 

Wadesboro/Anson – Contact Francis Campbell at francis.campbell@nc.usda.gov

Troy/Montgomery – The Montgomery County Farmers’ Market Association had its annual pre-season vendor meeting for NEW and RETURNING vendors March 25. Applications for the 2013 season are available. For more information call 910-439-4854 or 910-576-6011 or online at http://www.mcfma.com.  The market will open to the public starting April 18.

Locust/Stanly – TBA

 

 

+++Farm Service Agency Supports National Ag Day (UPFFC was unaware of this in time for the March Updates.)

The Farm Service Agency will join the rest of the agriculture industry in celebrating National Ag Day on March 19. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Ag Day and the theme is “Generations Nourishing Generations.” The North Carolina Farm Service

Agency (FSA) invites everyone to take a moment to celebrate agriculture and honor our hard-working farmers and ranchers in North Carolina.

Generation after generation of agricultural producers in North Carolina are getting up early every day to provide the food, fiber and fuel that feed and clothe Americans and others around the world.

CONNECT Our Future

The Food Systems Working Group is sending out the notice for a consultant April 1, with the assignment of a consultant by May 7.  This means the food assessment for the 14-county Charlotte region and the formation of other farm and food councils in each of the counties will begin around June 1.  Janine Wyrick is rep from Anson, and Lori Ivey and Nancy Bryant are reps from Stanly to the Working Group.

 

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