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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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