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Beekeeping Newsletter is a Wealth of Information

Thanks to tireless effort by the Polk Beekeeper Association and David Smith, you can gain a wealth of geographically specific knowledge about beekeeping by signing up for their newsletters. It can take alot of time to craft and create well designed & thorough emails and these newsletters have that facet in spades. Check out their most recent Newsletter below (or click here for this issue and past issues) and sign up for them by clicking here! Polk County Beekeeper's Association Meeting January 18th, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Mill Spring Agricultural Center 156 ...

Groundswell International mentions New Curriculum

This is a cross post from Groundswell International - the amazing nonprofit that GRO partnered with on our Grow Food Where People Live project discussing the amazing resource we received from UNCA. Check it out! New Curriculum Tackles Food Insecurity in Rural US JANUARY 9, 2018  BY GROUNDSWELL We are pleased to announce the publication of the Grow Food Where People Live gardening and food curriculum produced in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and The McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use and Environmental Resiliency. The curriculum is the fruit of more than a year-and-a-half of action ...

A Break from the Office

Last week, in preparation for the upcoming holiday, I took a break from the office and experienced the art of poultry processing for the first time. Having grown up in an urban environment I was never exposed to processing of any variety and always accepted my meat as it came—in a neatly-packaged-plastic-covered carton. I’m interested in knowing where my meat is sourced, the procedures involved in meat processing, and, should an occasion arise where I need to kill and process an animal on my own, I’d like to have the skills to do so. So when Dawn asked if I’d like to help out with processing her chickens and turkeys, I jumped at the opportun...

6 simple ways to support local food and farms

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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.

A Sustainable Ag Education

Between starting the AmeriCorps gig, learning the ropes of Agricultural Economic Development in Polk County, and exploring the diverse communities and landscapes of WNC, the past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind.  An exciting whirlwind! Which has included a valuable professional development experience that I’d like to share now that things have quieted down a bit. From November 4th to November 6th, 2016, the Polk County Farms team got to attend the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC.  As someone with a beginner level of agricultural and horticultural experience, I was excited ...

Some (holiday) food for thought

For me, food is one of the highlights of the holiday season. Actually… let’s be serious.  Eating is one of my most favorite activities, in general, at any time of year. However, the act of gathering with family and friends and chowing down on some lovingly prepared holiday food is particularly special to me.  And that’s what I appreciate so much about agriculture; the food that our farmers cultivate has an ability to bring people together.  I’ve been lucky to get to experience this through the monthly Polk County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast. The Friends of Agriculture Breakfast is held on the third Wednesday of each ...

Agricultural Attractions of Polk County

This past Saturday, I took my nephew Samuel with me for a morning of agriculture related events. Our first stop was to a demonstration of a piece of equipment called a Commercial Brush Mulcher, which was recently added to the line of services offered by a local company.  Before we were even out of the car, Samuel said, “That thing is cool!” Now, you have to understand that this statement is coming from an eight-year-old boy who has both of his wrists in casts.  The question that is probably coming to your mind is, “How did he manage that?” And my response has been, “He’s an eight-year-old boy!” Enough said.  Anything that has a ...

Introducing…

... this year's AmeriCorps Service Members!  Amy and Alex will be serving at Polk County Office of Agricultural Economic Development for the next year and will work to preserve farmland, support beginning and experienced farmers, and strengthen ties between farmers and consumers in the county. Amy DeCamp - Farm & Consumer Outreach Specialist Amy grew up in a small beach town on Long Island, NY where she was taught to swim in the frigid waters of the Long Island Sound alongside prehistoric horseshoe crabs and gelatinous jellyfish. She was also lucky to have spent her childhood camping in the Catskill Mountains - floating down the ...

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 ...