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


  • 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!

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

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.

SWARMers say NO to fast food and Soda, for a month . . .

We, the SWARMers of the Wayne Food Initiative, pledge no soda & no fast food for four weeks, July 12th-August 8th.

As Immanuel says: “I/We just know how we feel when we are eating at fast food, verses when eating Grandma’s cooking.” We will do this in solidarity with other NC youth Food Activist groups, and are asking for your support.

Please pledge a daily amount, watch our reports on WWW.WayneFoods.org, and join us by making your own good food choices!! We’ll be posting challenges, benefits, and creative solutions we find to make this good food eating shift easier to do!

TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT: contact a swarmer directly if you know one and fill out their paper pledge form OR fill out our cool wufoo form!

We’re really geeked about the effort we’re putting together and need your support to get more youth involved!

Proceeds will support the SWARMers programming and projects, like attending the annual Rooted in Community (RIC) youth conference and growing good food in our community. Also check out SEEDS, Anathoth, and Stone House who are NC RIC organizers and also doing a fast food fast! Support NC food youth work!!

follow us on face book, and look for updates during the fast here on the WFI blog!

CEFS Intern Blog: Chapter 2

Each of us has our own definition of ‘sustainability’. This week, the CEFS interns describe what the term means to them, and how their experiences here at the farm affect their perception of sustainability.

Sustainability, according to CEFS intern Remy Long:

Note: You define your “suffering.” You define your “middle way.” You interpret your “Eightfold Path.” No single paradigm is correct. No single paradigm can carry the burden alone in “being wrong.”

In Buddhism, there are Four Noble Truths:

1.     All life is suffering (birth, growth and death are all suffering).

2.     There is an origin to the suffering, and it is believed that origin is craving (in all its forms).

3.     There is an end to suffering, and that is to end craving.

4.     The Eightfold Path will guide us away from craving which causes suffering, which is done by enacting the following: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

First Noble Truth:

Aldo Leopold once said: “…the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Many of us concerned with the issue of sustainability feel the burden, or suffering, of the ignorance we have displayed in our pasts and continue to in our future. We have immense amounts of information, (some that would ease our suffering if we heeded it, some that is forced upon us as propaganda) yet some choose to perpetuate suffering further by attempting to discredit or disregard information regarding our human evolution or impacts we have upon our biota.

Second Noble Truth:

We’ve gathered concepts of what genetic and cultural pressures have caused our suffering. Our craving has come in the form of globalization, industrialization, the loss of culture, the loss of individuality, the manipulation and exploitation of the environment, and so on. But, as many of us know, there are ways to work within this world and promote the expiry of suffering.

Third Noble Truth:

We want the greater populace to understand their suffering, and show them that the end to their suffering will come with the active diminishment of their craving. We have the information to end our suffering. Distribute that information, and create or promote a healthy environment in which to access and interpret that information, and you allow those suffering to define their own middle way.

Fourth Noble Truth:

The Eightfold Path (right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration) is the path we shall walk to end suffering, and attain not only enlightenment, but also an entirely sustainable biota.

At CEFS, I find that many of the people are working, knowingly and unknowingly, within The Eightfold Path to help construct an enlightened and sustainable world. As an intern, you may develop your path toward the middle way while weeding the garden, harvesting on the farm, opening your mind in a lecture or reaching out to the community. If you are willing to embrace the madness and unknown of all things, you may begin to find peace within yourself, and from there spread the basic information of what causes craving, how to diminish craving, and therefore come closer to attaining enlightenment and sustainability.

Stay tuned for more!