Community Market Grapevine May 27

With our pre-season warm-ups complete, it’s time for the Big Game Day at the Floyd Farmers Market.  Our Grand Opening Celebration is this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. sponsored by the Floyd office of Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance in a great show of support for the market and …

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Size Small: Field Hands

About 35 Blue Mountain School (BMS) students, along with several BMS teachers and parent volunteers, spent a recent morning planting potatoes as part of Floyd’s Farm to School Program (FTS).  The planting, supervised by the Five Penny Farm farmers at their fields on Shooting Creek Road, was the latest step …

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Plenitude

I like the word. It conveys the sense of having enough but not in excess, an emphasis on need, not want. I heard the author, Juliet Schor, interviewed on NPR recently. I stopped what I was doing because this lady was making good sense and was saying things I’ve heard …

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We Vote With Our Forks

“Peak” is a popular word these days—in particular when used before the word oil. But Peak Dirt? The concept refers to topsoil or, to be more specific, topsoil depletion. Earth, on average, is covered with about 3 feet of topsoil and this shallow skin of nutrient-rich matter sustains most of …

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