SWARM’s Search for Paid Youth Organizers is On!

Are you a young person who is looking to make a difference AND make money?…if so, SWARM is looking for you!

Read below for more info. Then download the Word application here or the PDF version here!


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

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.

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance Garden Workdays

Calling all youth, grown folk, community orgs, crop mobs, churches, etc…Join us on Sat. Sept. 11th in Goldsboro starting at 9am for our National Day of Service and Remembrance Volunteer Event! Come volunteer in community gardens throughout Goldsboro! Free lemonade to the first 1000 volunteers 😉 Please share the flyer and contact shorlette at (919) 288-0192 or sammonss@ncat.edu to register your group or if you would like more info.

National Day of Service flyer- 2010

NEW site for the Goldsboro Health Department/City farmers market!!

So, it’s official!  The Health Department and the City of Goldsboro have worked together to support the Mini Mobile Farmer’s Market!  The market, which opens on Wednesday, May 19th, will be from 9:30a.m. until 2:30p.m. every Wednesday through November.  The NEW SITE is just around the corner from the old site.  The market will be on Herman St. behind the Herman Park Center where the road intersects with Pou St. It is a nice spot with room to expand.  There is sufficient parking for vendors and patrons and I think it will allow for greater visibility while still being easily accessed by the clients of the Health Department and DSS.  The City Council has graciously approved 6 canopies for purchase that will be set up and taken down weekly by the Parks and Recreation staff.

If you know of someone who is interested in being a vendor (either from Wayne or a nearby county), please forward along the attached letter of invitation and rules and regulation forms.  I greatly appreciate any help you can give to help promote this market.  It is my hope that with the City of Goldsboro partnership, we will make strides to a more permanent market for the County of Wayne.


Karen D. Padgett

Health Promotion Coordinator

Wayne County Health Department

919-731-1235 (p), 919-739-5032 (f)