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THREE FARM TOUR 2018 – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Our most popular twice-annual event will be held this fall on Sunday, Oct 14:

- visit Windmill Farm in Williston, SC, for soup and salad;

- meet the folks at Seeds Cafe, Farm and Market, also in Williston, SC, to share an entree created by owner/chef LaRahna;

- finish up the evening at Herb N Berries in Montmorenci, SC, with a blueberry-inspired dessert by Chef Charleen.

You provide your own transportation and a folding chair. We provide the rest. Tickets on sale ($25/each) via this website. What a great way to meet local farmers and chefs!!

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SUMMER HEALTH FESTIVAL AT THE VEGGIE TRUCK MARKETTUESDAY JULY 16TH

The Veggie Truck Farmers Market, Camp Veggie Truck, St Luke UMC, and students of the GRU School of Medicine will host a summer health festival at the market this Tuesday, 4:30-7. There will be children’s activities and cooking demos and maybe even a flash mob dance at 6pm (but shhh that’s a secret). Come buy your veggies and stay for the fun! Located in the courtyard at 309 Crawford Avenue, Augusta.

YOUTH CULINARY ARTS CLASSES AT FORT GORDON
Augusta Locally Grown will host another round of culinary arts classes for children of active duty military personnel. The classes will be on Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 6:00pm, at the CDC West on base, starting in August. To enroll, eligible families should contact the SKIES Program. This program is partially funded by the Augusta Arts Council.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL INTERNS NEEDED!
We are currently accepting applications for two high school internship positions for our online market for the fall semester. Applicants should apply online at augustalocallygrown.org. The positions are both in Evans and start mid-August. Strong applicants will have a good work ethic and commitment to learning more about locally grown foods.

FAREWELL TO OUR COLLEGE-BOUND INTERNS
Over the next several weeks a handful of our market interns will head off to college! Big hugs and best of luck to Alexis Carraway, Mclain Lambert, Kenzie Schwartz, and Josh Johnson. You all made a big difference in our community during your individual stints with Augusta Locally Grown. We will miss you!

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET NEWS
Lots of exciting plans in progress for the Evans Towne Farmers Market:
-weekly cooking demos
-weekly fitness demos
-weekly children’s activities
-market tshirts for sale
-a new barbecue vendor
-and more!
Please help us to continue to get the word out about our newest Columbia County Market!

THE BENDERDIGGER BEGINS
The Benderdigger will launch its first Columbia County based youth gardening program this Friday. The River Island Garden Project will involve children in that community in a weekly year-round gardening program. Funds from the Benderdinker help support this program. Master Gardener volunteers are more than welcome to help!

SEE YOU AT THE MARKETS!

Kim

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EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET UPDATE:
We are excited to kick-off the second half of our inaugural season of the Evans Towne Farmers Market. The market will continue every Thursday, 4:30p-7p, through October 24. Here’s the events schedule for Thursday, July 11:

  • 4:30pm-7pm – Live Music with Sandy Lusco Huffman
  • 4:30pm-7pm – Kids Market Passport program begins with ALG student interns
  • 5pm Cooking Demo — with the Augusta District Dietetic Association
  • 6pm Fitness Demo — Yoga with Crazy Sun.

To see our weekly list of events, look under the “Events Schedule” at EvansTowneFarmersMarket.com.

THE BENDERDIGGER BEGINS – The Benderdigger will launch its first youth gardening pilot project in the River Island community of Evans this month. The Benderdigger uses funds raised at the Benderdinker to create local youth gardening projects in partnership with Augusta Locally Grown. The River Island Garden Project will feature “hugelkulture” raised beds to demonstrate the benefits of an organic, low-water system. Project coordinator Kristina Williams is currently looking for adult volunteers. Please email her at benderdinker@gmail.com if you can help. For more info, visit benderdigger.com.

VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET UPCOMING EVENTS:
Tuesday, JULY 9 — “HOLY SMOKES BBQ” … the sale of bbq dinners during the farmers market (4:30pm-7pm) will benefit outreach youth programs at St. Luke UMC.

Tuesday, July 16 — “SUMMER HEALTH FESTIVAL” … lots of fantastic energy and efforts is going into the planning of this event by GRU medical students. The event will also celebrate the last day of Camp Veggie Truck. Cooking demos, kids fitness activities and lots of healthy fun will be had during the market hours of 4:30pm-7pm. There might even be a flash mob dance at 6pm (but ssshhh … that’s a secret!)

See you there!

Kim

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SUMMER SEASON GRATITUDE:
Many generous people have come forward in recent weeks to help Augusta Locally Grown take the next, somewhat daunting leap forward as an organization.

There are those writing beautiful letters of support. There are those coming to sing, cook and volunteer at the markets. There are those who bring their boundless energy to Camp Veggie Truck. There are those starting community gardens, kids gardens, school gardens, kids cooking classes. There are those offering professional expertise in accounting, law, technology and video-making. There are those coordinating fundraisers. There are those brainstorming new marketing efforts. And there are those coming forth and asking, “Kim, what can I do for ALG?”

This massive commitment to the local foods movement in our community is so full of hope. I am sorry when I can’t keep up with all your wonderful enthusiastic ideas. But please know that – together – we’re gonna make it happen!

Cheers!
Kim

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WE NEED HELP MARKETING THE MARKETS!

Please help us get the word out about our markets!

We really need to get more people out to the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursdays and the Veggie Truck Farmers Market on Tuesdays

They are both beautiful venues! We’d love more people to know about them.

Here is a Top 5 List of ways you can help:

1) “Like” us on all three of our Facebook pages: Augusta Locally Grown, Evans Towne Farmers Market and The Veggie Truck

2) Keep a stack of our promotional cards in your office, church or fitness club.

3) Get us listed in your HOA bulletin on a regular bsais.

4) Ask your company to sponsor the market.

5) Bring your colleagues, neighbors and friends to the market for a fun outing together.

See ya’ll at the markets on Tuesday and/or Thursday!

Cheers!
Kim

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CONGRATULATIONS BUONA CAFFE!
Pat and John, our local roasters at Buona Caffe, have opened their new coffee and expresso bar on Central Avenue across from Crums. To add more awesome to the mix, Southern Scratch provides all their baked goodies. So happy for you all.

CAMP VEGGIE TRUCK:
Camp starts this week, in Harrisburg, in partnership with students from the GRU School of Med. This week’s theme: “Big on Blueberries.” Stay tuned for some fun pics!

WELCOME NEW FARMERS:
— Houston Berries and Veggie Farm of Keysville, GA, joined the Evans Towne Farmers Market this month.

— Borinken Farms of Blythe, GA, joins our on-line market with eggs from a variety of grass-grazed hens.

We’re thrilled that two more local, sustainable farmers have found their way to our markets.

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

Cheers!
Kim

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EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET EXTENDED THROUGH OCT 24!
The Evans Towne Farmers Market will extend its first year through the fall! As such, we plan to step up the following activities. Please email kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you can help with any of these initiatives:

  • COOKING DEMOS
  • YOUTH FITNESS DEMOS
  • YOUTH HEALTHY FOODS EDUCATION
  • MUSICIANS
  • WEEKLY SPONSORSHIPS
  • MARKETING AND OUTREACH

MORE FARMERS NEEDED FOR THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET:
We are always looking for more farmers who meet our local and sustainable guidelines. For more information, visit evanstownefarmersmarket.com.

CAMP VEGGIE TRUCK:
Augusta Locally Grown is gearing up for this summer’s “Camp Veggie Truck.” Camp will focus on healthy, local and seasonal cooking, gardening, exercise and wellness for kids in the Harrisburg community. We’re thrilled to be working with more than 40 SEEP students from the GRU Med School who will act as camp mentors and design curriculum. Big hugs in advance to our truly awesome lead cooking instructors: Samantha Taylor and Caroline Hamlett. The ever-generous St. Luke UMC will host the camp, along with members of the Veggie Truck Team.

OLD STATIONARY BIKE DONATION NEEDED FOR CAMP VEGGIE TRUCK:
Augusta Locally Grown is looking for the donation of a used, functioning stationary bike. We plan to transform the bike into a mill for campers to grind whole grains into flour. Call Kim at 706-288-7895 if you’ve got one!

BENDERDIGGER.COM:
The BenderDigger has just announced its first youth garden project in the River Island community of Evans. ALG will partner with the BenderDigger “to introduce youth to slow foods through sustainable gardening.” The BenderDigger is a community project supported, in part, by the BenderDinker and created by its talented founder, Kristina Williams. To get involved, visit the website: benderdigger.com.

NEW FARMER INITIATIVE:
Congratulations to Pitchfork and a Prayer Organics, a start-up farm in Salley, SC. Young farmers Leah Wong and Joshua Wilburn, both military vets, were just awarded a grant for irrigation from the Farmer Veteran Coalition. ALG is thrilled to have played a small part in helping this farm off the ground with its recommendation for the grant. Join us as we continue to track and celebrate their successes, one very-real farm day at a time.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUE/THUR!
Kim

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EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET EXTENDED THROUGH OCT 24!
We are pleased to announce the extension of the Evans Towne Farmers Market through October 24!! The Evans Towne Farmers Market is held every Thursday, 4:30pm-7pm, behind the Columbia County Library. In order to keep this market viable and vibrant, we hope the community will continue to come out in full support. The following needs are real and pressing. Your help will truly help make this a sustainable venue in the long run. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you can help!!!

COOKING DEMO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We want to offer a healthy cooking demo at the Evans Towne Farmers Market EVERY Thursday. ALG will supply the ingredients, the sound system and the make-shift outdoor kitchen. We need talented, dynamic volunteers to do demos each week. Time: 5:15pm-6pm.

MUSICIAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We enjoyed the talents and generosity of many volunteer musicians during our first four months, and now we need to fill slots for the next four months. ALG provides the tent and electrical cord. Musicians are encouraged to put out a tip jar. Time is 4:30pm-7pm.

KIDS FITNESS DEMO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We plan to start a new Kids Fitness Demo each week, drawing on local sport groups and fitness groups. ALG will supply the staging area and a sound system. Time is 6pm-6:30pm.

SET-UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We hope that community groups will commit to a week of set-up help. Community groups may put up a tent to promote their own missions after they help with set up. Set up volunteers will work with our newly appointed “Market Satisfaction Coordinator,” the ever-awesome Carly McClellan! Set Up Time is 2pm-4:30pm.

WEEKLY SPONSORS NEEDED: Local business owners: please consider becoming a “Weekly Sponsor” of the Evans Towne Farmers Market. For a sponsorship of $150, the business or group sets the theme for the day and hosts the Sponsor tent. A sponsor may sell and promote their business that day at the market. We also promote you via our website and Facebook. See evanstownefarmersmarket.com for more info.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: We need help marketing in YOUR specific neighborhoods. Can we list the farmers market in your HOA newsletter? Can we come talk with your church or social group about buying local, seasonal foods? Is there a way to involve your neighborhood in a way that would be fun for them? Let us know!

OTHER NEWS AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET:
The Augusta District Dietetic Association will be at the market this Thursday, June 6, for a cooking demo featuring summer squash. Thank you ADDA!!

“Stuffed Puppies,” a prepared food vendor already popular at the Augusta Saturday Market, will join us in June.

“Crums on Central” food truck, of Augusta, plans to begin with us in mid-June.

“Houston Berry and Veggie Farm” of Keysville, GA, will join us in June.

CAMP VEGGIE TRUCK:
Augusta Locally Grown will partner with the Veggie Truck Team and students from GRU School of Medicine to host “Camp Veggie Truck,” on five consecutive Tuesdays in June and July. Camp Veggie Truck will focus on cooking with local, seasonal, whole foods as well as veggie gardening and other wellness activities. Your donations through the ALG on-line market will help purchase kid-friendly cooking supplies.

SEE YOU AT THE MARKETS ON TUESDAYS AND/OR THURSDAY!
Kim

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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