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WONDERFUL GOINGS ON AT WHITE HILLS LAVENDER FARM!
Lisa Kessler at White Hills Lavender Farm reports a slew of excitement at their lovely place in Dearing, GA. Please join us in celebrating all these milestones with this new local farm:

1) White Hills Lavender Farm has been listed in “Everything Lavender,” which is a national site listing the best lavender farms to visit throughout the United States. Lisa notes: “We are the only Georgia listing, and hope to do the honor proud!”
2) White Hills Lavender Farm will host a “Culinary Herbfest” on June 8. The price includes an herb-inspired lunch, relaxed class and thing to take home.
3) White Hills Lavender Farm and JandL Farm and Stables joined together to hire their first, shared Farm Student Intern. Augusta Locally Grown is thrilled to see more entry-level job opportunities for young people being created through its network of local farmers!!!
4) Lisa was been brought aboard as the herbal educator for this summer’s “Eco Adventures Camp” at the historic Hickory Hill Farm in Thomson, GA. Campers will learn how early Georgia settlers farmed and how to help sustain farming into the future. Visit www.hickory-hill.org to enroll your 10-15 year old!

FARM INTERNS NEEDED AT EAST GEORGIA PRODUCE:
East Georgia Produce of Bartow, GA, is presently seeking farm interns willing to work hard and learn a ton during these summer months. Give Matt a ring at 706-410-4570 if you’re interested.

HUGE PLANT SALE AT SHADY CREEK GREENHOUSES:
Eric Becker, our hydroponic farmer at Shady Creek Greens, also runs an extensive greenhouse business of non-edibles. He is hosting a big sale on May 31, June 1, June 7 and June 8 at his farm in Avera, G. Annuals, perennials, ferns, tropical plants, hanging baskets, herbs and vegetables will all be available at wholesale prices. Call 706-547-2680 for more information.

FIELD DAY AT BYNE BLUEBERRY FARM:
There’s still time to sign up for the “Field Day” educational event at Byne Blueberry Farm this Tuesday, May 28, starting at 9am. Pruning, pollination, organic soil management, beekeeping, and some livestock care will be offered in ongoing workshops. The price is $25, including lunch and a tshirt. Augusta Locally Grown is sponsoring two college interns to attend, and Evans Towne Farmers Market extraordinary volunteer, Carly, is also going! Contact Dick Byne to enroll at dick@byneblueberries.com.

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET CONSIDERS EXTENDING ITS SEASON THROUGH FALL:
We are excited to announce that Columbia County and the Friends of the Library have graciously invited us to continue the Evans Towne Farmers Market beyond the end of June. We are now surveying farmers and other vendors to see if we have a critical mass of participants willing to make the decision final. Farmers and other potential vendors who haven’t yet received the survey may request one at kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

SAVING SEED SAVING:
On Saturday, I will attend the March Against Monsanto in Athens, representing myself, my family, and Augusta Locally Grown. Several local farmers, many of them from the Hobby Farmers Association of the CSRA, will attend the sister protest in Columbia, SC. And a handful of hardy Augusta-area folks are taking their message all the way to the mothership march in Washington DC this weekend. To learn more about what’s got us so stirred up, visit www.march-against-monsanto.com.

Please know that while I wave signs demanding corporate responsibility and (especially!) government accountability, I will also be deeply mindful of my own complicity in the crisis. I only saved three kinds of seeds this year: sweet basil, because I love the smell of the seeds; arugula, by mistake; and an ugly winter squash whose name I don’t know but whose seed was delicious in its toasted form. For as many different things as I grew, I didn’t take the time to save their precious gems. As a society, in general, we’ve lost of the art of seed saving, seed sharing and seed knowing. By simply not doing it, we gave up one of the oldest art forms in human history. And now we’re marching in the streets because we know should have been more actively involved in saving seed saving.

Let’s counteract this conundrum. Let’s save seed saving. And let’s do it as a community of good food lovers. Soon.

Cheers!
Kim

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FIVE FARM TOUR – May 18-19
There are a few tickets left for our Five Farm Tour on May 18-19. A comprehensive flyer of the two-day event is now available at augustalocallygrown.org under “Events.” Call Kim before May 15 if you’d like to purchase tickets.

SOUTHERN SWISS DAIRY TORNADO RECOVERY FUND:
Two recent fundraisers successfully brought in contributions to the Southern Swiss Dairy Tornado Recovery Fund. The Local Foods Dinner at the Brick Pond Market and the Tink’s Burger Stand at the Benderdinker both earmarked 100% of their profits to the recovery efforts. Hugs to Charleen Tinley of Culinary Connections for heading up the former; more hugs to Landon Dawson and Tink Wade for spearheading the later. More fundraising efforts for this fund are in the works.

BENDERDIGGER FUND:
Augusta Locally Grown is very grateful to have received its portion of the Benderdinker event. This money has been earmarked for the “BenderDigger Fund,” which will be dedicated to helping young people learn about growing foods using sustainable practices. Hugs to Kristina Williams for her vision and hard work.

BYNE BLUEBERRY FARM ALL-DAY FARM WORKSHOP:
Byne Blueberry Farm of Waynesboro – one of the oldest organic blueberry farms in the country – will host an all-day sustainable agriculture “Field Day” on Tuesday, May 28. Soil management, pruning, mulching, composting,irrigation, pollination, beekeeping and some livestock management will all be offered as hands-on workshops that day. The price is $25 for the whole day and includes a meal and a tshirt. The BENDERDIGGER Fund will offer 2 scholarships to cover the workshop cost for two area college students interested in sustainable farming. To apply for the $25 workshop scholarship, please email your letter of request (with a description about your farming experience and interests) to kim@augustalocallygrown.org. Applications will be reviewed and awarded May 21.

THANK YOU TO OUR CHEFS FOR THE COOKING DEMOS:
Big thanks to all the folks who have been doing cooking demos and healthy samples at the Evans Towne Farmers Market and, soon, the Veggie Truck Farmers Market. What wonderful gifts you bring!

See you all at the markets on Tuesday and/or Thursday.

Kim

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A BIG BENDERDINKER THANKYOU!
Much appreciation to all those who braved the morning rain to paddle the BenderDinker! The success of this second annual event surpassed our wildest dreams. With about 500 boats in the water, the turnout makes us the third largest paddle event in the nation … and by far the one with the best local food!

FIVE FARM TOURMAY 18-19:
Tickets are still available for our “Five Farm Tour” on Sat, May 18 thru Sun, May 19. The price is $75 each and includes:

  • a Saturday lunch, tour, and make-and-take vinegar workshop at WHITE HILLS LAVENDAR FARM in Dearing;
  • a tour and farm bbq at SAVANNAH RIVER FARM in Sylvania;
  • a tour and cheese tasting at FLAT CREEK DAIRY in Swainsboro;
  • an antique mill tour at FREEMANS MILL in Statesboro;
  • and a Sunday evening garden harvest and cooking class at WALKER ORGANIC FARMS in Sylvania.

Transportation and lodging is not included in the price; lodging at your choice of two locations in Statesboro will be recommended. Space limited to 20. Call Kim if you have any questions or would like to order tickets off-line. 706-288-7895.

WELCOME NEW FARMERS AND GROWERS:

WENQING CAO has joined our Evans Towne Farmers Market as an urban gardener, offering greens, cut flowers and pastoral art.

BRANDYWINE APIARY has joined our Evans Towne Farmers Market featuring wildflower honey.

J&C CARROLL APIARY has joined our Evans Towne Farmers Market featuring wildflower honey.

VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET UPDATE:
Hexemaus Farm will soon join the Veggie Truck Farmers Market on Tuesdays, 4:30pm-7pm, at St. Luke in Harrisburg.

Here’s looking forward to berry season!

See you at the markets on Tue/Thur.

Cheers!
Kim

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SAtURDAY, APRIL 27!!

DAYTIME – Benderdinker!!!!
visit Benderdinker.com

EVENING – Fundraiser for Southern Swiss Dairy at Brick Pond Market with Culinary Connections!!!
visit ChefCharleen.com

Cheers!
Kim

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GRU EARTH DAY EVENT:
Writing to you today from the GRU Earth Day event. Come see us during lunch if you’re on campus!

BENDERDINKER- APR 27
Tomorrow is the last day to get the pre-registration rate, with tshirt, for the Benderdinker! This event has been so popular that we will easily be the biggest paddle event in the Southeast … again! ALG is one of three nonprofit beneficiaries of this uniquely wonderful outdoor event. Visit Bendedinker.com.

SOUThERN SWISS DAIRY FUnDRAiSER – APR 27
Culinary Connection & the Brick Pond Market will host an all-local, seasonal foods event in Hammonds Ferry on Sat, Apr 27, 7pm. Proceeds will benefit Southern Swiss Dairy, our local milk farmers who suffered a terrible tornado last month. Tickets are available on-line at ALG or through ChefCharleen.com.

CREDiT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED AT PICK UP:
Thanks to our tech guru Leslie, credit cards will now be accepted at the AJCC and Downtown pick up locations. A service fee will apply.

WELCOME NEW FARMER!
- Alta Vista Farm has joined the Evans Towne Farmers Market.
- Plum Broke Farm has joined the Evans Towne Farmers Market.
- Dixie Dew Herbs has joined the Veggie Truck Farmers Market.

SEE Y’ALL at the markets on Tuesday and/or Thursday!
-Kim

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
We’d love your help with any of the following events. Lots of hands truly make everything so much more fun.

  • YOUTH COOKING CLASS VOLUNTEERS — Needed on Mondays, in Hephzibah, with the Boys & Girls Club, for the next five weeks. 4pm-6pm.
  • BENDERDINKER VOLUNTEERS
    Needed Saturday, April 27, for a variety of tasks, including set up (April 26), launch, parking and more!
  • EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET SET UP VOLUNTEERS
    Needed on Thursdays, in Evans, to help farmers and crafters set up. 2pm-4pm.
  • EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET CLEAN UP VOLUNTEERS
    Needed on Thursdays, in Evans, to help farmers and crafters break it down. 6:45pm-7:30pm.
  • EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET ESCORT VOLUNTEERS
    Needed on Thursday, May 2, 4pm-7pm. We will have a special visit that day from the Brandon Wilde community, and would appreciate extra hands and kindness.
  • FARM-HELP VOLUNTEERS
    Needed periodically when farmers call with special projects. Can we add you to the “on-call” list as a farm helper?
  • VEGGIE-GARDEN-HELP VOLUNTEERS
    Needed periodically when people call and are just starting their own veggie gardens. Often they just need advice, guidance and maybe even a helping hand from someone with experience. Can we add you to the “on-call” list as a garden helper?

Email Kim at kim@augustalocallygrown.org to volunteer! And thanks a bunch!

See you at the market(s) on Tuesday and/or Thursday!
Kim

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WELCOME BYNE BLUEBERRY FARM:
Byne Blueberry Farm, one of the oldest certified organic blueberry farms in the United States, has joined our on-line market. Blueberry season is still a ways-away, but these folks have created some gems that keep throughout the year. One such goodie is their “Georgia Bar,” a whole-grain snack made with all Georgia-grown ingredients. It won the UGA “Flavor of Georgia” award for 2013. Their secret? Farmer Dick Byne reports that his soil is comprised of 5.2% organic matter; the national standard for organics is 2% … obviously these folks are treating their land right! Byne Blueberry Farm is beloved as a pick-your-own location in the CSRA and we’ll be sure to schedule some ALG outings when the season arrives!

COOKING CLASS VOLUNTEER FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN HEPHZIBAH: MONDAYS
We’re looking for one more volunteer to help with the “Cooking Matters” classes that ALG is helping to teach at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Hephzibah on Mondays, 4-6pm. Our first class on April 1 was quite fun (and tasty), and a big thank you goes out to volunteer instructors Jason Wynn and Vicki Sasser. If you can help with any of our remaining five weeks of class, please email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

CHICKS, DUCKLINGS, BUNNIESAND ORGANICS: APRIL 20
Save the date for the most adorable workshop ever!!!! The Hobby Farmers Association of the CSRA will host a kid’s workshop on taking care of “Chicks, Ducklings and Bunnies” on Saturday, April 20, at 11am, at Trinity on the Hill UMC, Room A004. Best parking is the lot at the corner of Monte Santo & McDowell in Augusta. Master Gardener Kay Pittman will host a concurrent “Organic Gardening” workshop for adults. Visit their website at www.hobbyfarmersassociation.org for more information.

BENDERDINKER: APRIL 27
Join us for this one-of-a-kind paddle, local foods fest and concert on the River in Evans,GA. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Augusta Locally Grown, one of three nonprofit beneficiaries. Our proceeds will be used for youth gardening programs. Sign up to paddle at Benderdinker.com!

FIVE FARM TOUR: MAY 18-19
Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections & Augusta Locally Grown will host a Five Farm Tour on Sat, May 18 thru Sun, May 19. The price is $75 each and includes a Saturday lunch, tour, and make-and-take vinegar workshop at White Hills Lavender Farm, a tour and farm bbq at Savannah River Farm, a tour and cheese tasting at Flat Creek Dairy, an antique mill tour at Freemans Mill, and a Sunday evening garden harvest and cooking class at Walker Organic Farms. Transportation and lodging is not included in the price; lodging at your choice of two locations in Statesboro will be recommended. Tickets on sale now! Space limited to 20.

VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET: EVERY TUESDAY
Big hugs to the farmers who have committed to the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg every Tuesday evening, 4:30pm-7pm: Addersons Fresh Produce, Shady Creek Greens, JandL Farm and Stable, Icebox Farm and Crossed Stars Farm. This is the only farmers market in the Augusta area that accepts food stamps; in fact, with a grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia, we are able to double the value of those benefits when you purchase from these local farmers. Come join the fun and generous spirit of the Veggie Truck Team at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Augusta.

See you all at the markets on Tuesday and/or Thursday!
Kim

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CONGRATS TO THE VEGGIE TRUCK TEAM:
By all accounts, the kick-off of the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg was a wild success! This market will be held every Tuesday, 4:30p-7p, thru the late fall. Thanks to a grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia, customers can double the value of food stamps when they purchase from local farmers at this market. Augusta Locally Grown is honored to be a partner in this endeavor, along with GRU School of Medicine, St Luke Methodist, Good Neighbor Ministries, Addersons Fresh Produce and a handful of amazing community volunteers. Hugs to those farmers who came aboard for the inaugural: Addersons Fresh Produce, JandL Farm & Stables, Shady Creek Greens and Crossed Stars Farm.

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET ANGEL:
Biggest hugs to market volunteer Carly McClellan for her tireless efforts at the Evans Towne Farmers Market. Carly arrives in time to help farmers set up, and stays to the end to help break it all down. In between she assists with all the little things that make this weekly endeavor special. As of today, I’m calling her our “Market Angel.”

YOUTH COOKING CLASSES STARTING UP AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS: STARTS APRIL 1
Two more key volunteers have also come forward, this time to help Augusta Locally Grown teach two six-week youth cooking class at the Boys & Girls Clubs. Jason Winn and Vicki Sasser have agreed to assist in teaching the “Cooking Matters” curriculum with a local, seasonal flare. We start Monday! Big thanks to the BGC for this great opportunity.

CHICKS, DUCKLINGS, BUNNIES & ORGANICS WORKSHOP: APRIL 20
The Hobby Farmers Association of the CSRA will host a children’s workshop on taking care of “Chicks & Ducklings” on Saturday, April 20, at 11am, at Trinity on the Hill UMC, Room A004. Best parking is the lot at the corner of Monte Santo & McDowell in Augusta. A concurrent “Organic Gardening” workshop will be offered to adults. Visit their website at www.hobbyfarmersassociation.org for more information.

See y’all at the markets on Tuesday and Thursday!
Kim

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TORNADO AT SOUTHERN SWISS DAIRY:
Please keep Southern Swiss Dairy in your prayers and thoughts. They suffered a terrible tornado on Monday that caused tremendous damage to their farm in Waynesboro . Despite the dire circumstances, these hardworking people continue to milk their herd and deliver their products to market. It is more important than ever to support this local farm with your food purchases. We will keep the ALG community apprised of opportunities to help with their ongoing recovery efforts.

VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET START DATE: MARCH 26
The Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg starts this Tuesday, March 26, in the courtyard of St. Luke Methodist Church. This will be the first all-local farmers market to accept EBT/SNAP benefits in Augusta. Visit the website at www.theveggietruck.org.

CHICKS, DUCKLINGS & ORGANICS WORKSHOP: APRIL 20
The Hobby Farmers Association of the CSRA will host a children’s workshop on taking care of “Chicks & Ducklings” on Saturday, April 20, at 11am, at Trinity on the Hill UMC, Room A004. Best parking is the lot at the corner of Monte Santo & McDowell in Augusta. A concurrent “Organic Gardening” workshop will be offered to adults. Visit their website at www.hobbyfarmersassociation.org for more information.

EGG CANDLING WORKSHOP: MAY 1
The UGA Extension of Columbia County will host a Candling Certificate Workshop on Wednesday, May 1. This is a required certificate for anyone planning to sell eggs in local markets. Please contact Extension Agent Tripp Williams to enroll: TJWILLIAMS@columbiacountyg.gov.

FIVE FARM TOUR: MAY 18-19
Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections & Augusta Locally Grown will host a Five Farm Tour on Sat, May 18 thru Sun, May 19. The price is $75 each and includes a Saturday lunch, tour, and make-and-take vinegar workshop at White Hills Lavender Farm, a tour and farm bbq at Savannah River Farm, a tour and cheese tasting at Flat Creek Dairy, an antique mill tour at Freemans Mill, and a Sunday evening garden harvest and cooking class at Walker Organic Farms. Transportation and lodging is not included in the price; lodging at your choice of two locations in Statesboro will be recommended. Tickets go on sale today!

ABUNDANCE:
Big thanks to IceBox Farm for sponsoring the upcoming Evans Towne Farmers Market on Easter Week, Thursday, March 28. The theme they have chosen for the week is “Abundance.”

SEE Y’ALL AT THE MARKETS ON TUESDAY OR THURSDAY!
Cheers!
Kim