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THIS WEEK!

QUICKIE CROP MOB:
SUN, AUG 10
The BenderDigger Youth Gardening Program in the River Island community of Evans will host a “Quickie Crop Mob” this Sunday, August 10. Volunteer work starts at 2pm; a cookout will follow for all helpers. The group will weed and till a second large bed, preparing it for “hugelkulture.” This technique is especially good for the hot, occasionally droughty conditions we know all too well in Georgia. Come meet some great folks, learn about hugelkulture, get dirty and share some great grub. Contact Kristina Williams to sign up and get directions. She’s at benderdinker@gmail.com.

RAMEN NOODLE REVOLUTION:
A COLLEGE STUDENT COOKING CONTEST:
THUR, AUG 14
In our third round of “Market Stadium” this year, local college students will compete to transform those nasty ramen noodles packets into something fabulous, using fresh, local ingredients. Hosted at the Evans Towne Farmers Market, the contest will feature 7 college-enrolled contestants who are serious about cooking. There are a few spots left and no fee to compete. We supply the ramen and an outdoor “kitchen” tent. You supply the additional ingredients and equipment. Seven competitors, four judges, one CASH PRIZE and lots of glory!. Big thanks in advance to the GRU student volunteer set-up crew! Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT INTERNSHIPS FOR FALL:
APPLY NOW!
INTERVIEWS HELD NEXT WEEK:
We are currently taking applications for the following positions this semester:

  • 2 paid internships at our ALG on-line market in Evans, Tuesdays, 3p-6p (August-December)
  • 1 paid internship at our ALG on-line market in Harrisburg, Tuesdays, 4p-7p, (August-December)
  • 1 paid internship at the Evans Towne Farmers Market, Thursdays, 4p-7p (August-October)
  • 1 paid internship at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg, Tuesdays, 4p-7p (August-October)

If you’ve ever met our interns, you know: we have the pleasure of working with some of the finest young people in the CSRA!

Strong candidates will:

  • show an interest in local, seasonal, organic, healthy, whole foods;
  • be service-oriented, on-time and trustworthy when handling money;
  • enjoy attention to detail;
  • possess the ability to work outside, lift and carry, and – yes – get dirty at times;
  • commit to our nonprofit mission to build a strong local foods community

Apply on-line on our website at augustalocallygrown.org. Look for the application under “interns.’”

COMING THIS FALL

RAISED BED WINTER GARDEN WORKSHOP & MEAL:
SAT, SEPT 6
Learn the finer points of winter vegetable gardening with the dynamic father-son team at Legacy Gardens: Steve & David Gianino. Located in Evans, the hands-on, in-depth workshop starts at 2pm. A wholesome, simple dinner will be served in the garden afterwards. Don’t be shy to bring questions specific to your own plot; from basic to advanced, all are welcome. The men will also offer organically-grown seedling starts for sale, including kale, broccoli, chard and cabbage … perfect for the winter garden. Workshop tickets are $20. A donation to ALG from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Aiken is being used to offer scholarships for this workshop to those who find the ticket price a hardship. Please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to apply for scholarship. Tickets are available through our on-line market or contact David directly at legacygardener@yahoo.com.

URBAN FARM TOUR & PROGRESSIVE MEAL:
SUN, SEPT 7
We’ll be touring and enjoying a progressive meal at a series of urban farms this fall. Bottle Tree Farm of Augusta and Icebox Farm of North Augusta are already on the tour; we’re firming up a third locations now. As enlightening as it will be delicious, this is a great way to share an autumn daytrip with a special someone. Details and ticket sales announced soon.

TASTES OF EARTH:
AN EDUCATIONAL FARM & SITE TOUR
FOLLOWED BY AN ELEGANT FARM DINNER:
SAT, OCT 4
Southern Native Plantings at Longwood Plantation will partner with Culinary Connections to host an Educational Greenhouse, Nursery & Soil Education Tour followed by an Elegant Farm Dinner by Chef Charleen. Imagine sipping scoppernong wine sangria while you learn the finer points of native plant propagation in an organically certified greenhouse. Plan to nibble roasted okra with kale dip and pickled crudités while hearing about the vital role that soils plays in the nutritional value of your food. A five-course menu for the sit-down dinner nestled in a native plant habitat behind a fruit tree grove will soon be announced; tickets go on sale soon.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED:

FARM TO TABLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Augusta Locally Grown will provide table service for the “Tastes of Earth” meal, with the promise of free food in exchange. If you can commit to a full day of fun, hard work, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

WINE MAKING INSTRUCTOR NEEDED:
We are currently looking to hire an instructor to teach a muscadine wine-making workshop this fall. Plum Broke Farms is ready with the muscadines … now we need a wise teacher. Know someone? Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

LOCAL FOODS EDUCATION CLASSROOM HELP NEEDED:
We’re moving on to the second phase of setting up the “Local Foods Education Classroom” at the West End Market. Got some power drill skills and a few hours to spare? Give us a ring! 706-288-7895.

HAPPY NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK Y’ALL!!!
- Kim