Healing our Soils, Healing Ourselves: Biodynamic and Homeopathy Workshops in Boone!
Hugh and Liz Courtney, experts in Biodynamic Agriculture and Homeopathy, will be in Boone on Feb 14, 2015, from 9:00 -12:00 & 2:00-5:00 pm presenting: Healing our Soils, Healing Ourselves
***Featuring 3 years of research demonstrating results to save the Hemlocks***
At the Agriculture Conference Center
252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC
Fee: $20 for each workshop OR register for both for $35.00
Click here to register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to pay at the door.
If you need other payment arrangements, please email us at email@example.com
Workshop #1 - 9AM-12PM
Healing our Soils: True Sustainability for Field, Farm, and Forest
Hugh will tell us how to
Workshop #2 - 2PM-5PM
Healing Ourselves : Homeopathy for Hearth & Home
Liz will talk about
Don't hesitate to give Lauri Wilson a call iif you have questions.
Blue Ridge Seeds of Change
C- 505 -385-7776
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Direct-to-Farmer Grants!
Letter of intent due January 16, 2015 (required)
Application due February 6, 2015
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is releasing a request for proposals for farmers focusing on increasing production through innovation and sustainable methods in 2015. Letters of intent are mandatory and will be due by January 16, 2015. Applications will be due by February 6, 2015. Farmers are required to work with their local extension agent on the application and throughout the grant cycle. Please contact the County Extension Agents in your county listed below.
BRWIA is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. With funding from Heifer International, a global non-profit organization dedicated to working with community to end hunger and poverty while learning to care for the earth, roughly $30,000 will be distributed to local farmers in Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes, and Watauga counties in North Carolina and Johnson County, Tennessee.
Applicants are able to apply for funds up to $5,000. Those who are interested in grants of $3,000 to $5,000 are required to develop a business plan during the grant cycle. Resources on business plan development are available through BRWIA and local extension agents. This grant program is modeled after WNC AgOptions, exclusively funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
Applicants should be farmers who demonstrate the economic viability of farms in the five-county region. Support is provided to farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations to increase farm income and encourage the sustainability of the farm businesses. Funding requests should be for items directly related to the growing and harvesting of crops for sale, including livestock.
In 2014, the Direct-to-Farmer funds were formerly administered by Blue Ridge Seeds of Change, a non profit that empowers local food and farm entrepreneurs, grows living wage jobs, and increases access to healthy local food for all, while fostering ecological stewardship. Please click here to learn more about last years awardees their projects.
Please contact Carol Coulter by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (828-386-1537) with any questions. Applications for the grant are available on BRWIA’s website
(http://www.brwia.org/direct-to-farmer-application.html) or through your local extension agent.
Please click here to see the list of Cooperating Agents based on your county.
Organic Growers School Spring Conference
Organic Growers School is hosting their 22nd Annual Spring Conference on March 7-8, 2015!
Save money by registering by January 30, 2015
Who: For healthy eaters, home growers, & farmers!
What: This much-loved annual event provides practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living.
When: March 7-8, 2015
Time: 9am to 5:30 pm on both Saturday &Sunday, plus a keynote Saturday night.
Where: UNCA in Asheville, NC
Cost: $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday(Early Bird Registration by January 30, 2015, save $15!).
This year’s conference offers 70 sessions per day in these themed tracks:
Gardening, soils, livestock, primitive skills, permaculture, herbs, alternative energy, sustainable forestry, homesteading, cooking, poultry, commercial farmers I, commercial farmers II, mushrooms (new for 2015), and food resilience (new for 2015)
Plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. Be sure to attend the largest locally-run sustainability conference in the Southeast.
Kick off the Growing Season! Register Now
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.
NEW AG. CENTER COMING TO WILKES COUNTY!
The former Northwestern Bank building off Oakwoods Road in Wilkesboro, NC is approved to be converted into the Wilkes County Agricultural Center!
"Commissioner Gary D. Blevins pointed out the importance of agriculture to Wilkes County’s economy and added, “I think we’ll look back at this as a good and solid decision.” He then made the motion to approve the bid."
Read the full story that was printed in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot HERE
Lettuce Learn Internship Opportunities
Deadline to apply: February 14, 2015
Are you an aspiring sustainability-educator who wants to promote gardens as outdoor classrooms?
The Lettuce Learn Project is offering three garden-educator internship positions at three different learning gardens in Watauga County: ASU Child Development Center, Mountain Pathways, and Parkway Elementary.
These internships offer training, resources, and hands-on experience in a real school garden setting. Compensation may be available in the form of quarterly stipends (pending funding awarded). Background check required for selected applicants.
Must commit to entire growing season, mid-March to early November.
For more info and to apply on-line, visit: http://www.lettucelearn.org/announcements/now-accepting-applications-for-2015-internship-program-3-positions-at-3-different-learning-gardens
Apply by Feb 14, 2015!
Questions? Email Courtney Baines-Smith at LettuceLearnProject@gmail.com
Watauga Co. Farmers' Market Currently Accepting Vendor Applications!
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2015
Watauga County Farmers' Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2015 Season! It may be cold and windy outside, but we are dreaming of sunny, warm days and the coming farmers' market season! Opening day is less than 4 months away: May 2, 2015.
Applications for this year are due by the end of January. Watauga County Farmers' Market is a 100% producer-only market, meaning that all of the products sold at the market are made locally by our member vendors. Producers who reside and produce in Watauga County and the adjacent counties are eligible to apply to sell at the market. New craft applications are being accepted this year.
All applications are due with a $25.00 application fee no later than January 31, 2015.
To see the complete rules and to download an application click here to visit the “Become a Vendor” page on our website or email market manager Tori Cox at email@example.com.
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!