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Advocating for Farmers

Our Community is supportive of agriculture and farming and Advocating for Farmers in the world is one of the many programs GRO is glad to manage.

Grow Food Where People Live: Harvest and Cultivation

This time last year, we began to nurture our first Microfarm at Ashley Meadows in Columbus, NC as part of the Grow Food Where People Live initiative launched in January 2015. Grow Food Where People Live aims to improve the health, food security, and economic wellbeing of people in Western North Carolina, and is a joint initiative of Groundswell International, Polk County Agricultural Economic Development, Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, and Growing Rural Opportunities (GRO). Now, a year later, we get to see the actual fruit of our labor while simultaneously spreading our roots wider with new sites and new partner organizations. Our pilot ...

Announcing TIEC Farmers’ Market

        We are so excited to announce our partnership with the Tryon International Equestrian Center on a new farmers' market in Polk County. The first market of the season will be Thursday, May 5th from 9 to 12 and will also be the same day as the ribbon cutting for the new General Store which also features local food. The market is a fantastic opportunity for the entire community around the Equestrian Center to access high quality local food. The market is open to new vendors and if you are interested please see the information below. Update 6/1/2016: In lieu of a once a week popup farmers' market at TIEC the ...

GRO Launches Website

We have alot of hopes for our new website. Websites can be static hubs for information but we also hope it becomes a hub for activity in the Forum section and here on our Blog. We welcome your comments, feedback and more. We are not web designers - so if you see problems with the website such as misspelled words (nor were we English majors), text that doesn't make sense, or anything of the like please let us know. We might be able to fix it, might not, might take a bit - but we want to make it as great as we can. We would like to thank some folks for their help in launching the website - folks that have made it easier to get the job done - Sofia ...

Starting Young Farmers

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? “And always the answer is: ‘Love. They must do it for love.’ Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of indepe...

Barn Raising

Barn Raising is the idea that together our community can and does support it's local farmers and rural way of life. You will see us saying often that farming isn't easy but neither is accounting, teaching, retail, or most lines of work. They all have their trials and tribulations but in the end we together form our community and together we decide what type of community in which we want to live. Our area has a long history of agriculture and we all want to keep it that way. In order to keep things the same we have to work hard to protect our farms. GRO focuses on helping farmers understand and connect with consumers while helping those same consumers ...

Grow Food Where People Live

The Grow Food Where People Live (GFWPL) program brings food to every neighborhood. Started in 2014, the program creates edible landscapes, family gardens, and communal micro-farms to enable communities that are in need of access to good food can grow their own supply. The program started in ...

The Farmers’ Market

Farmers' markets are where it all begins for many new farmers and provides the best opportunities for established farmers to sell directly to customers. It is also an important part of community. A place for people to come together and meet and greet among the best of local food. Click Here for Information about the Farmers' Markets Click Here for Information about the Mobile Farmers' Market Bus As one of GRO's main focus areas, support to the farmers' markets include programs, events, and entertainment to enhance the market experience for customers and entice new shoppers to the market. GRO is the parent organization of the Columbus Tryon ...