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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

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GROW YOUR OWN FAIR: MARCH 21
Join us for our annual Grow Your Own Fair this Thursday at the Evans Towne Farmers Market. This is probably my favorite event of the season. Come learn from area hobby farmers and gardeners about growing your own fruits, vegetables and backyard poultry. Get your hands dirty learning about earth worms, healthy soil, smart watering, herbs, bat boxes and a new way to do raised beds. Fruit trees, bushes and veggie seedlings for sale.

FIVE FARM TOUR: MAY 18-19
Augusta Locally Grown and Culinary Connections will host a one-of-a-kind, five-farm tour in mid-May. Farm visits will include White Hills Lavender Farm, Savannah River Farm, Flat Creek Cheese Dairy, Southern Native Plantings and Walker Organic Farms. Enjoy at Savannah River bbq on Saturday night and a pick-your-own cooking class on Sunday night. Cost is $75/person plus lodging. Fun, fun, fun! Space is totally limited. Tickets go on sale next week!

VEGGIE TRUCK UPDATE:
The Veggie Truck Team will launch the Veggie Truck Farmers Market of Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 26. Locally grown foods from Addersons Fresh Produce, IceBox Farm, Shady Creek Greens and J&L Farm will be on sale at this EBT-friendly market. Big thanks to Wholesome Wave for their generous partnership in this endeavor.

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET:
Wow. Thank you to our market patrons in Columbia County. You are really helping to create something beautiful here.

See y’all at the market on Tuesday or Thursday … or both.
Cheers!
Kim

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EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET
Deep gratitude are the only words that come to mind when I think about all the people who made yesterday’s first Evans Towne Farmers Market such an amazing success. The community came out in droves to show true support for the vision. Yep, we ran out of food … but that’s what happens when you start a farmers market a little too early in the season. Please know that as the weather warms, more farmers will attend with more food and variety to offer. And that’s something we can all look forward to together!

CROP MOB TOMORROW!
Our Crop Mob at East Georgia Produce is tomorrow in Bartow, GA. If you haven’t already signed up, please contact me at 706-288-7895 for directions, times, and a list of what to bring. We’ll be planting many, many fruit trees and veggie seedlings so get ready to work hard and support a local farmer!

See you all at the market on
Tuesday — our on-line market
Thursday — behind the library
Kim

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EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKETSTARTS MARCH 7

It’s been a long-time in the dreaming & the making, but it’s finally here: a weekly, traditional farmers market in Columbia County!

The market starts this Thursday, March 7, 4:30pm-7pm, behind the library in the center of Evans. The market will run every Thursday evening, March through June. We will continue our ALG on-line market on Tuesday evenings, as always, year-round. Now there will be TWO, weekly options in Columbia County for local farm products … and we hope you’ll frequent both!

Augusta Locally Grown is the host of the new market, but it wouldn’t have been possible without three key partners: Leslie of LUNA BUG SOAP, Kristina of the BENDERDINKER, and all the fabulous folks of the COLUMBIA COUNTY LIBRARY. This week’s local business Market Sponsor is WESTBROOK SECURITIES. Meet all these great people at the entrance to the market.

In addition to more than 30 food and hand-craft vendors, this week’s Evans Towne Farmers Market will include: music by PROGRESSIVE MELON of Evans; music by ALLISON FOSTER of North Augusta; a fun, healthy food sampling by the AUGUSTA DISTRICT DIETETIC ASSOCIATION; story hour with the LIBRARY; alpacas with TWISTED FENCE RANCH; a photo contest with A-GUSTAVORE; information about our VEGGIE TRUCK/ WHOLESOME WAVE partnership; and promotion of “CROP MOB AUGUSTA.” To learn more, visit EvansTowneFarmersMarket.com.

CROP MOB AUGUSTASATURDAY, MARCH 9

Crop Mob Georgia has graciously welcomed ALG into the national movement to get us all back-in-touch with local, sustainable agriculture. We are thrilled to call it “Crop Mob Augusta!” Our first event will be held at East Georgia Produce in Bartow, GA, next Saturday, March 9. Big love to Patrick, Carly and Sandi for helping to cook for our volunteers! We believe that ALL our volunteer work spots are filled, but if you’d really, really like to come, text our new events chairman Chris San Miguel at 706-951-0840.

YOUTH COOKING CLASS VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAPRIL & MAY
Augusta Locally Grown has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs to help recruit volunteers for their Cooking Matters youth cooking classes with a local, seasonal focus. This is a six-week commitment, Monday evenings, starting April 1, from 4pm-6pm at either their Hephzibah or Wrens locations. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you can help!

NONPROFIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ELECTIONS REPORT
It is a true pleasure to report the election/re-election of the following ALG nonprofit board members, officers and committee chairs for 2013:
• Landon Dawson – President
• Jan Perry – Vice President
• Judy Maxwell – Treasurer
• Rachel Hudson – Secretary
• Amy Sutter – chair of Education Committee
• Chris San Miguel – chair of Events Committee
• Jenny Jia – chair of Farmers Markets Committee
• Sandy LeGette
• Matt DeMatteo
• Janie Peel

EMPTY BOWL BENEFIT AT THE AJCCMARCH 10
As you know, the Augusta Jewish Community Center has been a dedicated community resource to Augusta Locally Grown for several years. They also have one of the most beloved summer youth programs in Columbia County. Each year, the AJCC hosts the Empty Bowl Benefit to fund both their youth programs as well as the Golden Harvest Food Bank. ALG will donate a huge pot of soup to this event made with greens from Brandywine Farm. We also hope you will consider purchasing tickets to attend. Visit their website at www.augustajcc.org.

See y’all at the Augusta Locally Grown On-Line Market on Tuesday.
And again at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursday.

Cheers!
Kim

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EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET COMING SOON!
March 7 is just around the corner and our new market is building steam! We are currently seeking weekly sponsors for the 2013 season. If your local business can support our efforts and would like to be featured for an evening at the Thursday market, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org or call 706-288-7895. For more info visit EvansTowneFarmersMarket.com.

BOYS & GiRLS CLUB PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH COOKING CLASSES:
ALG will join efforts with the Augusta Boys & Girls Clubs to recruit volunteers from its “Cooking Matters” classes at three locations, starting in April. Augusta Locally Grown will help bring seasonal & local foods awareness to this nationally-recognized curriculum which focuses on affordability and whole foods. If you would like more details about these volunteer opportunities, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

HERB BLOG:
Lisa Kessler of White Hills Lavender Farm has launched an educational blog on herbs and health. This health-care-professional-turned-farmer offers a wealth of practical knowledge and passion. Read the blog at whitehillsherbs.com.

IN THE MEDIA:
Channel 6 recently interviewed veggie farmer Mike Fuller at Brandywine Farm in anticipation of the Evans Towne Farmers Market. The airdate is not yet known but look for it soon!

CONGRATS!
Congratulations to ALG volunteer and local health care professional Lauren Belcher for being named “Young Dietician of the Year” by the Georgia Dietetic Association. Look for Lauren and her colleague Nellie at the “Farm-acy” Nutrition Ed booth sponsored by the ADDS at the Evans Towne Farmers Market soon.

SEE Y’ALL at the market pick up on Tuesday.
-Kim