Community Market Grapevine August 5

I just cut up the cantaloupe from Saturday’s farmers market this (Tuesday) morning as part of breakfast.  The smallish, flawless melon passed the sniff test at market, giving off a faint perfume.  Three days on the kitchen counter had magnified the scent; cutting it open confirmed the results.  And the …

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App State Scrapes the Plate

Over the 1999 spring semester, students enrolled in a sustainable development curriculum at Appalachian State spearheaded a project to collect food waste from campus food services. A year later, students in an Appropriate Technology curriculum track launched a pilot project, constructing an aerated static pile and composting about 18 tons …

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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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