Mini-Market Opening on June 1st!

The Mini Farmer’s Market is not so “mini” anymore!  The market is expected to have 13 vendors at its opening on tomorrow, June 1st, 2011!  The Mini-Market is a collaborative effort between the Wayne County Health Department and the City of Goldsboro.  The market will be open from 9:30am-2:30pm each Wednesday through the fall and is located near the Herman Park Center at Herman and Pou Streets.

The Market Opening Day Celebration will feature fresh veggie songs by Dillard Academy Charter School along with fresh, local produce from your Goldsboro neighborhood farmers!

Local Grower Spotlight: Barnes Farms

Tucked away off the main highway in Dudley, you’ll find a homestead.  This oasis of local food belongs to the Barnes family.  This family of 4–Jennifer, John, Isabell and Eloise – owns and operates Barnes Farms.  Their primary goal is to feed themselves and to feed the community.  Barnes Farms has donated hundreds of transplants to area community garden projects like the ones at the Goldsboro Library, The Freedom Farm and Dillard Academy.  Additionally, they offer food plants for sale to companies, orgs and individuals, all in an effort to get good food to the people!  Below is a price list.  Contact Jennifer Barnes if you’re looking to get something good growing in your own backyard!

Barnes Farms

Contact: Jennifer Barnes (919) 539-1439; jenno78@yahoo.com

Price List of Items

Food Plants:

  • 4 pack…….$2
  • Flats (8) ……….$8
  • Buckets ………………$15

Flowers:

  • 4 pack…….$3
  • Flats…………$15

 Tomatoes:   Roma, Homestead, Marglobe, Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, Pineapple

Herbs:  Basil, Thyme, Dill, Cilantro, Arugula

Peppers: Green peppers, Jalapeno peppers

Flowers: Petunias, Marigolds


Plum Tree Market Place Set to Open!

Spending your food dollars locally just became a little easier in Wayne County with the Opening Friday of Plum Tree Market Place!  On Friday, April 8th, Plum Tree market debuts it’s 2nd season of local art and local food.  This time around, every 1st Friday, there will also be local music!  Check out the info below and support!  We’ll see yall at the marketplace!

PLUM TREE MARKET PLACE,
Farmers Market/Community Gardens

 104 South George Street ~ Historic Goldsboro
(between Walnut & Chestnut Streets)

Opening TODAY, Friday, April 8, 2011
4pm-7pm – Open Every Friday thru Fall
Local Produce ~ Local Artists ~ Home Produced Items ~ American Indian Artisans

First Fridays ~ Music & Food!

For more info: grandpachildren@earthlink.net
Dreamweaver or Lotus Blossom @ (919) 736-9412
www.plumtreemarketplace.blogspot.com

Mark your calendar: Day of Caring Volunteer Event, May 13th

Wayne Food Initiative is preparing for the United Way’s “Days of Caring” event on May 13th!  If you’re interested in finding out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please contact shorlette at sammonss@ncat.edu.  To volunteer at the Freedom Farm, please contact Charles at freedomfarm4@gmail.com!

New Season, New Energy at the Freedom Farm

Meet Charles McNair, new grower at the Freedom Farm, formerly known as the Urban Farm, at Washington Park.  Check out his story below and stay tuned for more info on the growing community connections happening at the FREEDOM FARM!

Here is Charles’ story in his own words…

this is the Freedom Farm!

Grew up in a rural environment until attending college in 1988. While growing up we lived next door to our grandparents, who owned the land we lived on, as well as rented out other land they owned to local farmers who planted on a large scale. We raised our own pigs and chickens and planted, harvested, and stored the bulk of our own food, only having to purchase certain items for consumption. My grandfather and grandmother taught me about farming and agriculture from preparing the land for fertility, to breaking up the land, to planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and storing (canning, freezing, drying ,etc). We grew butterbeans, greens, peas, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. We also had fruit trees and plants such as strawberries, pears, apples, cherries, scuppernongs, purple grapes, plums, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.

During the summer months, grandfather would come to the window to call my brother and I to awaken and get started to “water the collards” before it got hot. We also would pick cucumbers for money for our cousin, who was a large scale farmer. My grandparents also modeled and taught us about being good neighbors by sharing and/or trading what we had grown with our neighbors.

Graduated BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993. Trained grassroots organizer through the Childrens Defense Fund and Midwest Academy. Helped to open and establish Dillard Academy Charter School in 1998. Worked there until 2003 as an Executive Administrative Assistant. Returned to work at Dillard Academy in 2008 and was surprised to see the garden initiative and WFI. Being able bodied and young and experienced with agriculture, I jumped at the opportunity to start working with the earth again and teaching the youth what my grandparents taught me about the earth and proper respect for it and the value of working smart and working efficiently and when needed, working hard. When the opportunity came open for Washington Park, I was overexcited to have a larger, more independent project to throw my energies into while teaching grownups the value of organic and sustainable agriculture.