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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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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS … We are humbled to add two powerfully effective women to our nonprofit Board of Directors this year. Tina Hart of Evans, GA, has been elected board treasurer. Kisha Burke of Hephzibah, GA, comes aboard to lead our G.R.O.W. Harrisburg committee. Both bring good sense and high morale to the local foods movement.

WELCOME NEW MARKET MANAGERS … Please help us welcome two brave souls to the roles of market managers. Amy Sutter (our board president) takes on Leslie’s work at the AJCC for our on-line market. Tara Roberts will cover the Downtown pickup location for our on-line market. Both will be assisted by our ever-awesome student interns.

POSTPONED: We’re sorry to report that the Farm Tour/Workshop/Lunch at Adderson’s Fresh Produce has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new date!

CLARIFICATION: We are often asked about the West End Market & Bakery, which closed its doors in January 2015. Please note for clarification’s sake, Augusta Locally Grown is not affiliated with the West End Market & Bakery, nor with its CSA. However, we continue to rent the adjoining space, from the building owner, at 1808 Broad Street, for our ALG On-Line Market pick-up on Tuesdays and for educational workshops. We call this space “The Local Foods Classroom.”

SAT, FEB 28 – 100 IN HARRISBURG … Help us put in another 25-30 raised bed gardens at individual homes in the neighborhood. We’ll also help rekindle a big ol’ greenhouse with Icebox Ministries! Volunteers work from 9am-12noon; share a simple lunch afterward. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up.

THU, MAR 12 – FERMENTED MILK WORKSHOP … Danielle Shelton of “Thoroughbrewed” is back! This time teaching a hands-on workshop with milk, including yogurt, kefir and skyr. Tickets are on sale through our on-line market. The workshop will be held 5:30pm-7pm, at the Local Foods Classroom at 1808 Broad Street, in Harrisburg.

TUE, MAR 17 – OPENING DAY AT THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET … “Dark Leafy Green St. Patty’s Market Party” is what we’re calling our opening day festivities this season. And yes! We’ll be doubling SNAP/EBT again this year. The market is in Harrisburg, across from the Kroc Center, every Tuesday, 4:30pm-7pm, through October.

WED-THUR, MAR 18-19 – THE GEORGIA DIETETICS CONFERENCE will be held in Augusta this year. ALG will provide an educational booth on local foods. We’ve already been blessed with a great volunteer corp for this event! Thank you!

SAT, MAR 21 – GROW HARRISBURG PRESENTS: RE-VIBETHE COFFEE HOUSE! Details soon!!

MARCH 23 – HERB TEACHING GARDEN AT HELMS COLLEGE … We’ll be helping the culinary arts students at Helms get a spring start on their herb garden again this year. Let us know if you can help! 8am-10am.

MARCH TBABEE THERE! … GROW Harrisburg partners with Denice Traina of the Harrisburg Honey Cooperative to host “Bee There,” a short-and-sweet free beehive installation workshop. The date is still unknown; apparently honey bees don’t use calendars;) Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up!

THUR, APR 2 – OPENING DAY AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET … We’re taking vendor, sponsor and volunteer application now!!! Visit our updated website at www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com. The market opens April 2. And good news: we’ll be doubling EBT too!!!!

SAT, APR 11 — SHEAR FUN AT KHAKALAKI FARM … This family-friendly event will include the full range of fiber fun, from sheep shearing to spinning and knitting demos. Kids activities, farm tour and a farm lunch will be included. Overnight camping at this beautiful site is also an option. Tickets are on sale now through this website! $20 for adults; $5 for kids. Space is limited.

SUN, APR 12 – THREE FARM TOUR AND PROGRESSIVE MEAL … Join us for an educational tour and a three-course farm meal … with a different course at each location. Starters at Spirit Creek Farms in Augusta; Stews at Noah’s Farm & Forest in Keysville; Sweets at JandL Farm & Stable in Hephzibah. Tickets are on sale now through our on-line market. To order by mail, email kim@augustalocallygrown.org. $20/person. Space is limited to 20 participants.

APRIL TBA – G.R.O.W. HARRISBURG SEEDLING DAY … Participants in 100 in Harrisburg raised bed project will receive veggie & fruit seedlings – baby plants that have been started by volunteers from G.R.O.W. Harrisburg, headed up by Master Gardener Phil Williams. Distribution date to be announced soon!

SAT, APR 25 – BENDERDINKER! Registration is OPEN! Visit www.benderdinker.com. The BenderDinker is our only big fundraiser each year for Augusta Locally Grown, and the presenting sponsor of the Evans Towne Farmers Market.

FRI & SAT, MAY 22-23 – SHADOW BBQ RETURNS! – This local competition bbq team will again compete in “BANJO-B-QUE,” a nationally-sanctioned event in Evans! Better yet, they feature local meats from local farmers while also promoting Augusta Locally Grown. Save this date, buy your tickets and GO SHADOW BBQ!!!

MON, JUNE I – RAINWATER WORKSHOP FOR URBAN VEGGIE GARDENS … Join us for another “pop up” food-growing workshop. This one will be held at Bottle Tree Farm in Augusta. Instructors Candace & Nate Zukas will share the nitty gritty details of their own rain barrel system, which waters their beautiful urban farmette. 5:30pm-7pm. $5/person. This one will sell out fast!

TUE, JUNE 2 – Augusta Locally Grown is truly honored to be a partner in the Fruit & Veggie Rx pilot project, a first-ever for the Southeast! The pilot will be hosted and coordinated by the Harrisburg Family Healthcare clinic, funded and designed by Wholesome Wave Georgia, educationally enhanced by Icebox Ministries, academically enhanced by Emory University, held together by Good Neighbor Ministries/St. Luke UMC, and made real by medical student volunteers from MCG. Augusta Locally Grown is the project’s cheerleader. June 2 is the project’s kick-off date! Your donations would be very much appreciated.