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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

THE MARKET IS OPEN at AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


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

Weblog Entry


Love is in the air this week.

Love is the stuff of good, healthy food grown by people we come to know as friends and neighbors. Love is also the way in which we prepare and eat those gorgeous ingredients. And, at Augusta Locally Grown, love is the gift of community.

I’d like to take this virtual moment to express my deep love for the hundreds of volunteers, sponsors, interns, customers, chefs, partnership organization and farmers for making ALG more vibrant and viable than any one of us could have imagined on our own.

See y’all at the market on Tuesday!

Cheers!
Kim

Donate your old Smart Phone, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!


Today, I spent the afternoon in Athens observing how Athens Locally Grown uses technology to run their market. I learned so much and want to take our markets to this level. Before we can do that, we need your help by donating your old/unused iPads, iPod Touches, iPhones or any other smart phone.

By using this technology we will be able to go completely paperless, reduce errors and save a LOT of time. So bring them with you next Tuesday!

Blessings,
Leslie

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CARDIO ON THE CANALFEBRUARY 9
Augusta Locally Grown, Addersons Fresh Produce and The Veggie Truck will join together at an educational booth promoting and selling locally grown veggies at this free Kroc Center event, this Saturday, February 9. Activities start at 9:30am. Kim Beavers of “Eating Well with Kim” (also a fantastic champion of ALG!) will host a healthy cooking expo at 11am.  See you at the Kroc!

 

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKETSTARTS MARCH 7
The Evans Towne Farmers Market starts one month from now! We have thousands of beautiful promotional postcards to get out into the Columbia County community. If you’d be willing to take a bundle to your office, school, church or club, please let us know! We can give them to you at pick-up on Tuesdays, or we can drop them off for you. Contact Kim at kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

 

CROP MOB AT EAST GEORGIA PRODUCEMARCH 9
The volunteer list is growing strong! We’re up to 30+ workers and growing … and Patrick has just been volunteered to smoke the picnic ham!!!
Join us for our first-ever “Crop Mob Augusta” volunteer farm day on March 9, at East Georgia Produce in Bartow. The work starts at 12:30pm; the farm picnic starts at 5:30pm. You bring your energy, boots and workgloves! Visit our Facebook Events page (“Crop Mob Augusta”) to sign up! Or go to our Events Page at augustalocallygrown.org.

 

See you at the market on Tuesday!

Kim

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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBER!
Please welcome the newest member of ALG’s board of directors, Jenny Jia. Jenny is a GRU medical student with a deep commitment to public health. She is a founding member of Slow Foods Emory, and just stepped up to the volunteer position of Market Manager for the Veggie Truck Market of Harrisburg, starting March 19. We a fabulous addition to the ALG leadership!

WELCOME KENZIE!
Our Riverwood market has a new student intern on-board. Welcome Kenzie! This Greenbrier student is a self-described environmentalist who wrote that she is drawn to the work of ALG because of its commitment to sustainability. We will certainly aim to keep her busy in that area of interest.

EGG CANDLING CLASS:
If you someday hope to sell those eggs your backyard poultry have been laying, you will need an “Egg Candling” certificate from the GA Depart of Ag. The next free certification class is Tuesday, April 23, in Summerville, GA. Call Kendra at 706-857-0744 to register.

FEATURED AT THE AJCC THIS WEEK: HARD EARTH FARM
Hard Earth Farm will showcase their work at the AJCC this Tuesday, including goats milk soap and farm-grow wool/mohair woven art, apparel and rugs. Come meet your farmer!

CALL FOR LOCAL BUSINESS SPONSORS FOR THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET:
The Evans Towne Farmers Market is seeking “Sponsors of the Week.” For a $150 sponsorship donation, you are featured on the market week of your choice. You may set up tent that Thursday evening, sell your goods or services, and even decorate the Market Archway. You also pick the Theme for the week and get linked all over our website and facebook. To see who’s signed on so far, visit www.EvansTowneFarmersMarket.com.

Cheers!
Kim

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GROW YOUR OWN FAIRMARCH 21
We have set the date for our third annual Grow Your Own Fair for Thursday, March 7, at the Evans
Towne Farmers Market. Save the date!!

VEGGIE TRUCK VOLUNTEER HONORED BY THE AMA!
Check out yesterday’s Augusta Chronicle article featuring Veggie Truck volunteer Brett Heimlich. Brett was honored by the American Medical Association for his leadership role in bringing healthy options to Harrisburg. You rock, Brett!

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET STARTSMARCH 7
This is a last-call for vendors to get in on the early bird registration rate. Check out evanstownefarmersmarket.com!

 CROP MOB AUGUSTAMARCH 9
Volunteer for a day of work at East Georgia Produce!  Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up!

ICE BOX FORUM – The good folks at Ice Box Farm, North Augusta, have launched their new series of workshops exploring the natural, awe-inspiring connections between faith and food. To get involved, read the story on our Food Advocate feature at augustalocallygrown.org.

See y’all at the market in Tuesday!
-Kim