Important Announcement from Blue Ridge Seeds of Change
Dear Blue Ridge Seeds of Change followers,
All of us at Blue Ridge Seeds of Change (BRSOC) are incredibly thankful for all the support we have received throughout the years and all the wonderful projects we have been able to accomplish in our High Country community. We have made so many wonderful connections not just here, but in various places across the country with folks who are passionate about local food systems and healthy food accessibility for all.
As you may know, Blue Ridge Seeds of Change was working with Heifer USA to implement agreed upon projects in five counties in the High Country region. Both Heifer USA and Blue Ridge Seeds of Change are committed to transforming food systems in the High Country and through their domestic program work, Heifer believes that the highest impact is achieved when their programming targets farmers’ groups directly through sustainable agricultural development.
Heifers operations in the Appalachian region have taken a strategic change in direction to focus more on farmer groups and as of February 28, 2015 they no longer implement programs through, or provide financial support to BRSOC. Given this new strategic direction, and the fact that there is a strong, locally connected and active non-profit organization, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, with a similar mission and goals that align with that of our organization, we should take steps to be prudent in maximizing the positive impacts in our communities by furthering their efforts and dissolving the BRSOC organization. Therefore, effective immediately, Blue Ridge Seeds of Change has, with much planning and consideration, decided to stop operations and dissolve the non-profit.
A plan for continuing or phasing out current projects is already in implementation between Heifer USA and BRSOC’s board members. All of us representing Blue Ridge Seeds of Change are grateful for the opportunities and experiences we have had working with the wonderful farmers, organizations, and community members here in the High Country and we plan to continue similar work through various other efforts alongside many other vested partners.
If you have any questions about how you can continue supporting the local food movement, contact Carol Coulter, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions for Heifer International, please contact Heifer representative Allison Stephens at Allison.email@example.com.
CFSA Educational Video Series on GAP Certification
CFSA recently launched a series of videos to supplement the “Good Agricultural Practices for Small and Diversified Farms: Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit” manual. This video series continues to document real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can employ these tips and strategies to meet GAP certification requirements. We hope you find this video series useful, and be on the lookout for future GAPS workshops throughout the Carolinas.
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!