Springhouse Farm Local Food Collaborative Dinner
Sunday, July 27 4-9 PM Springhouse Farms Vilas, NC
New River Organic Growers' High Country Chef's Showcase has organized a collaborative dinning local food event featuring the summer's bounty; whole hog bar-b-que, local specialties from Chef Ken Gordon of Gamekeeper and Chef John Dean of Gideon Ridge, delicious pizzas with local toppings from Farm to Flame, and beer from Appalachian Mountain Brewery. This is sure to be an amazing community event.
Tickets are $45 per person and can be bought HERE or at the Watauga County Farmers' Market
Local Meat Producers Workshop in Canton
Wednesday, July 23rd, 10am-5pm WNC Regional Livestock Center
474 Stock Drive, Canton, NC 28712
Exit 33, off I-40
REGISTER NOW for this great local meat producers workshop!
NC Choices and WNC Agriventures present a one-day workshop for aspiring and practicing local and meat producers. Join us Wednesday July 23rd at the WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton, NC for a day of workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations and networking for local and niche meat producers, processors and food-service buyers.
$20 per person includes access to entire program, catered lunch and workshop materials. Registration is available online at this website (https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1579331).
You can pay by credit card or check. Processing fees apply for credit cards (less than $5). For payment by check - email email@example.com for details. Use subject line "RLC workshop pay by check". NC Cooperative Extension personnel should register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org directly by email.
For questions please contact email@example.com
Grants, Awards, and Other Opportunities
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Application due date: July 7 for grants; July 31 for guaranteed loans
USDA’s REAP provides grant and loan assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems, and conduct energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. Eligible agricultural producers are individuals or entities directly engaged in the production of agricultural products whereby 50 percent + or greater of their gross income is derived from the operations; eligible small businesses are defined in accordance with Small Business Administration’s Small Business Size Standards. The maximum award per grant is $500,000, and more information can be found on the program’s website.
USDA Rural Business Investment Program
Deadline: July 29, 2014
A USDA press release on April 21st announced the “creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. The new Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will now allow USDA to facilitate private equity investments in agriculture-related businesses.
"This new partnership will allow us to facilitate private investment in businesses working in bio-manufacturing, advanced energy production, local and regional food systems, improved farming technologies and other cutting-edge fields."
For more information about grant eligibility, check out the program’s website.
Hands on Canning Class
Saturday, Aug 23 1-4 PM Ag. Conference Center
252 Poplar Grove Rd. Boone, NC
The N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering a hands-on canning class. We will learn how to safely can using a pressure canner and a boiling water bath. Space is limited, so register by paying $10.00 in advance at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, 971 W. King Street, Boone, NC. For questions, contact Margie Mansure at 828-264-3061 or
ASU Edible Schoolyard Harvest Dinner Fundraiser
September 24 (tentative)
This event is to help raise funds for the Edible Schoolyard by donating old cookbooks, kitchen items, or a potluck dish. Music will be performed by Appalachian Studies Graduate Students.
Adults: $10 suggested donation
Children and students: $5 suggested donation
Find out more about the ASU Edible Schoolyard HERE
Hospitality House: Stories of Change
Watch this wonderful video that highlights the hospitality house of Boone and one mans story of personal growth through working in the on-site educational gardens. It's a beautiful story. Thank you Hospitality House!