Sunday, February 10, 2008

ASD Recruits Local Organic Farmers

This photo is copyright by Rose Hill resident Harold Jerrell.
Since this post is about recruiting Lee County farmers to a regional organic growers network, I wanted to include a photo of western Lee County farmland.
On February 12, 2008 at 6:00 PM, Appalachian Harvest (operated by Appalachian Sustainable Development) will be holding a Recruitment Meeting for Growers. The meeting will provide potential growers with an opportunity to learn about organic produce.
Meeting date and location: February 12
Lee County Farmer’s Cooperative in Jonesville
5:30 p.m. sign-in and 6-8 p.m. meeting.

For more information visit or call (276) 623-1121.
Here's a personal "testimonial." Several years ago when I lived just outside Abingdon, I was a certified organic grower. Appalachian Harvest of Appalachian Sustainable Development quickly sold everything I brought to their convenient produce drop-off spot. For example, they sold my blackberries and sugarsnap peas to nice downtown Bristol restaurants. They even help train you in organic growing techniques through fun farm tours and such.
Today, as reported in the February 6, 2008 edition of the Powell Valley News, "Seven supermarket chains in a six state area will be purchasing Appalachian Harvest produce in 2008, with a minimum weekly demand of over 7,000 cases of cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and other items. Additionally, several more are needed to raise free-range eggs, with current demand exceeding one thousand dozen eggs per week."
If you miss the February meeting in Jonesville, I believe there's another such meeting in Gate City in March.


Joan said...

Another recruitment meeting will be held on February 25 in Kingsport, Tennessee at Ingles Supermarket. The March growers meeting in Gate City will be held on Monday, March 3rd, from 6:30PM - 8PM with a tomatoes and peppers workshop.

Anonymous said...

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Joan said...

Thank you for your post.

Are you in Rose Hill? I'm not sure which high speed internet connections you're referring to.

If you are disappointed with the broadband service in Rose Hill, please call me at 445-4600 or call the kind folks in Duffield with Sunset Digital at (276) 431- 7200, so we can will get someone out to your house to find the problem.

I know the service is excellent here at my place. If you're having trouble it's likely your individual connection. I can listen to streaming music, watch videos, pull down huge PDF files in a jiffy, and my kids have even figured out how to watch some Disney shows on here...

Again, thank you for your post. Yes, I would like to help get something done to fix your problem.