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SECRETS IN THE SOIL


… Meant to mention this in the noontime blog…

SECRETS IN THE SOILSAT, MAY 24
Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings will host a soil workshop at the West End Market & Bakery in Augusta tomorrow morning from 10am-11:30. Tickets are $10. Come learn from the master!!

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BANJO-B-QUEMAY 23, 24
If you find yourself at the Banjo-B-Que this weekend, in Evans, come visit the “Shadow BBQ” team! Local foods advocate Patrick Sutter and his buddies are competing in the “Backyard Category” of this nationally recognized grilling contest. Their angle? Local meats from local farmers!! Volunteer local food ambassadors will be there to help promote the movement to the 7000 folks expected to attend! Hugs to Amy Sutter, our awesome ALG board member, for keeping the team fed, loved and happy. GO SHADOW BBQ!!!!

RAISED BED GARDENING WORKSHOPMAY 25:
There’s still time to sign up for the Raised Bed Gardening Workshop 101 on Sunday, May 25, at 3pm, at Legacy Gardens in Evans. Cost is $20 and includes a garden salad meal afterwards. Contact David directly by texting 706-877-0935.

FOOD JUSTICE TALK AT THE AIKEN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCHJUNE 1
Come join ALG for a talk on food justice as we work together to envision a more vibrant local foods movement throughout the CSRA.

PICKIN’ PARTY AT HEXEMAUS FARMJUNE 1
This is a “sold-out” event! We’re expecting 40+ volunteer berry pickers! Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the details soon!

SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTESTJULY 17
Calling all local chefs and would-be chefs!!!!!! ALG will host a “Summer Tomato Sandwich Contest” at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursday, July 17. Heirloom tomatoes will be provided by the Urban Ag R&D project in Appling. Contestants provide the fixings! Judges are being lined-up, sponsors sought and trophies ordered. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you’re ready to show this town what you can do with a tomato sandwich.

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

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RIVERWOOD PICK-UP LOCATION CLOSINGMAY 20
This Tuesday, May 20, will be our LAST DAY at Riverwood. It is a sad but inevitable end-of-an-era. Sales at that location have sunk below what it costs to run. We believe that other local foods options, including the Evans Towne Farmers Market, have pulled customers in multiple directions. And that’s a good thing overall!!! But it is sad to leave behind the Riverwood community where much of our start took root. Of course, the biggest hug goes to our fearless market manager Meghann, who has developed quite a fan base there. She’s gonna take some time off as a manager, but will continue with us in some form or another because, of course, she’s family now. We hope our Riverwood customers will switch over to our AJCC site, which is open 4pm-6pm, just a few miles away. If you have any questions about this transition, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

BANJO-B-QUEMAY 23, 24
One of the most enthusiastic advocates for local foods in our community is Patrick Sutter. And this month he’s taking it one step further! Patrick and three of his fellow grill buddies have entered their team in the “Backyard Category” of the Banjo-B-Que national contest in Evans. And get this: they’re using local beef and pork from Savannah River Farm, including a top-of-the-line Berkshire hog. Their team – called “SHADOW BBQ” – will promote and celebrate ALG and the Evans Towne Farmers Market while cooking up some serious contest entries. More than 7000 folks are expected to attend this food/music event with more than 80 teams from 28 states. Come cheer Shadow BBQ on as they cheer on our local foods movement! Order tickets at banjobque.com.

FARM FRIDAY AT WHITE HILLS POSTPONED TO MAY 23:
“Farm Friday” will start up at White Hills lavender farm in Dearing, GA, next Friday, May 23.

RAISED BED GARDENING WORKSHOPMAY 25:
The dynamic father-son duo, Steve and David Gianino, will host another popular Raised Bed Gardening Workshop 101 on Sunday, May 25, at 3pm, at Legacy Gardens in Evans. Cost is $20 and includes a garden salad meal afterwards. Tickets can be ordered on-line through ALG or contact David directly by texting 706-877-0935.

PICKIN’ PARTY AT HEXEMAUS FARMJUNE 1
Volunteer spots have filled up fast for this berry picking Crop Mob at Hexemaus Farm in Waynesboro on Sunday, June 1. Chef Charleen will provide the farm meal afterwards to our volunteers! There are only a few meal tickets left, so sign up soon if you’re willing to work for food! Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTESTJULY 17
Calling all local chefs and would-be chefs!!!!!! ALG will host a “Summer Tomato Sandwich Contest” at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursday, July 17. Heirloom tomatoes will be provided by the Urban Ag R&D project in Appling. Contestants provide the fixings! Judges are being lined-up, sponsors sought and trophies ordered. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you’re ready to show this town what you can do with a tomato sandwich.

See you all at the markets!
Kim

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FARM INTERNS NEEDED!
As your college students return for the summer, or as perhaps you yourself consider a new challenge, think about becoming a farm intern. Many of our farmers are looking for hard-working, smart, strong people to help them through the high-yield months … and all the internships offer their own unique perks. Give me a ring to talk about the different options. I’m at 706-288-7895.

Cheers!
Kim

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*Loads of opportunities to visit local farms this spring! *

SUNDAY, MAY 4 – URBAN FARM & GARDEN TOUR & PROGRESSIVE MEAL
We’re touring four urban farms & veggie gardens this weekend in partnership with the Sierra Club of Augusta. On tour: Urban Ag Solutions in Appling, Legacy Gardens in Evans, the Harrisburg Community Gardens & Honey Cooperative in Augusta, and Ice Box Farm in North Augusta. Sorry! This is a sold-out event. However, if you’d like to plan your group’s own urban farm tour, give us a holler at kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 – FARM FRIDAY
It’s “Farm Friday” at White Hills Lavender Farm in Dearing, GA. Enjoy their open house and farm tours every Friday, starting May 9. Contact Lisa at whitehillsfarm@gmail.com for times and directions.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 – RAISED BED ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOP
Back by popular demand, another raised bed and container gardening class will be held at Legacy Gardens in Evans on Sunday afternoon, May 18. This class is intentionally small to focus on your needs as a backyard grower. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered through our on-line website, or purchase directly from David Gianino at dgianino@uga.edu.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 & SATURDAY, JUNE 7 – DUCK DAYS AT ICE BOX FARM
Learn to humanely process and prepare delicious, fresh, local duck at Ice Box Farm in North Augusta. This engaging, informative workshop includes a complete demonstration of duck processing, start to finish. Chef Dave McCluskey will also demonstrate how to prepare his scrumptious Duck Bog … and you’ll get to take some home. Cost is $45; couples attend for only $75. Space is limited. Enroll through www.iceboxfarm.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 – PICKIN’ PARTY CROB MOB
Hexemaus Farm will host a wild dewberry picking Crop Mob on Sunday, June 1. “What’s a crop mob?” Imagine dozens of hardworking volunteers helping out on a farm together, and then sharing a farm meal afterwards. Here’s the schedule:

2pm – Volunteer work starts.
4pm – Volunteer work ends, clean up.
4:30pm – Farm foraging tour with Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings
6pm – Farm dinner created by Chef Charleen Tinley of Culinary Connections.

To secure your volunteer spot and meal ticket, an RSVP is required! Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

See you all at the markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
- Kim

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Two words: BENDER DINKER.
Or is that one word?
See you on the water!!!

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Just like the bumblebees who are loving my flowering collards, there is a solid buzz of activity this season on the local foods front.

HERE’S OUR GROWING LIST OF SPRING ACTIVITIES:

APRIL 19
GOAT CHEESE GOODIES”: CULINARY CLASS – Join Chef Charleen at the West End Market tomorrow, Saturday, April 19. Learn how to transform that to-die-for goat cheese from Trail Ridge Goat Dairy into something even finer. Email her today to enroll: ctinley@comcast.net.

APRIL 26
BENDERDINKER – The Benderdinker is a kayaking/local music/local foods event … all on the water. Yep! It’s THAT cool. Want that much-coveted tshirt? You’ve got to pre-register by Sunday, April 20, to guarantee yourself one! The popular event is Sat, Apr 26. A portion of the proceeds supports ALG’s nonprofit work with youth gardening. Register at benderdinker.com.

APRIL 27
RAISED BED AND CONTAINER VEGETABLE GARDENING CLASS 101 – Legacy Gardens and Augusta Locally Grown team up again to offer you a basic, hands-on learning experience specifically geared toward the backyard organic grower with limited working space. A garden meal will be shared afterwards. Cost is $20/each. We may have one spot left open. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org soon if you want it!

MAY 4
URBAN FARM AND GARDEN TOUR – The Sierra Club and Augusta Locally Grown team up for an urban farm and garden tour, enjoying a progressive meal as they go. This event is sold out, but if you’re interested in organizing one with for your own group, please let us know. We’d be happy to work with you!

MAY 23-24
BANJO-B-QUE AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN TEAM – We are super excited that our board member Amy and Patrick Sutter are pulling together an ALG bbq team so that we can REPRESENT local farms at this national contest in Evans!! More info soon!

jUNE 1
FOOD JUSTICE & ETHICAL EATING, A TALKALG has been invited to provide a talk at the Aiken Unitarian Church on Food Justice & Ethical Eating and what it means in our community. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org for more information.

JUNE 1
PICKIN’ PARTY AT HEXEMAUS FARM – Hexemaus Farm will host a berry picking Crop Mob at their farm in Waynesboro! ALG and Chef Charleen will coordinate a simple farm meal for all volunteers to share afterwards. The event will be Sunday, June 1: work starts at 2pm; a farm tour is at 4pm; meal is at 5pm. There is no charge for this event, other than your hard work picking all those berries for the farm. To sign up, email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

SEE Y’ALL AT THE MARKETS!
Kim

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THIS MONTH!

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET – Every Thursday, 4:30pm-7pm, behind the Library.

VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET – Every Tuesday, 4:30pm-7pm, across from the Kroc Center.

BENDERDINKER – Saturday, April 26, a kayaking, local foods and local foods festival… all on the water. Enroll at www.benderdinker.com.

BACKYARD VEGETABLE GARDENING 101 – Sunday, April 27, with Steve Gianino at Legacy Gardens in Evans. 3:30pm-6pm. Cost is $20/person, includes a light garden meal. Focus will be on raised beds and container gardening. Hands-on, intensive learning focused on organic methods you can practice in a home garden. Space is very limited. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to enroll.

See you at the markets on Tuesday and Thursday.
Cheers!
Kim

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VOLUNTEER ON A FARM!
April is a whirlwind of activity here at Augusta Locally Grown, especially for farmers and growers. If you can give a day of hard labor to a local farmer, please do. It’s a great way to learn, and an even better way to meet the hard-working folks who grow your food. Contact me at kim@augustalocallygrown.org and I’d be happy to play matchmaker.

VOLUNTEER AT A MARKET!
Volunteer at a farmers market! It’s fun, and we guarantee a good night’s sleep afterwards. There are numerous volunteer opportunities at both the Evans Towne Farmers Market (Thursday evenings) and at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market (Tuesday evenings) including:

  • live music performers
    (work for tips!)
  • cooking demo volunteers
    (we supply the food & equipment, you supply the talent)
  • children’s activity volunteers
    (we supply the curriculum & materials; you supply the enthusiasm!)
  • fitness activity leaders
    (you supply the activity and we recruit participants)
  • tent set up/break down
    (you bring the muscle; farmers will love you for this!)
  • signage
    (help us get the word out in the community)

VOLUNTEER AT THE BENDERDINKER:
By far, the hardest workers at the BenderDinker are those kind souls who help paddlers in-and-out of their kayaks at the launch site and load and unload hundreds of boats. If you’re strong, kind-hearted, and capable of standing in the river up to your shins, this is the position for you! We feed you, tshirt you and love you. Sat, April 26. Contact colleen.carey3@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER AT A LOCAL TEACHING GARDEN:
Several teaching gardens need tender loving care at this time of year (and for many months to come!) If you’ve got the time and talent, we’ve got a match for you. Join our “Grow Your Own” initiative to evolve the “Garden City” into the “Vegetable Garden City.”

See you all at the markets on Tuesday and Thursday.

Cheers!
Kim

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Signed up for the BenderDinker yet??
April 26!
www.benderdinker.com.

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