Access the clients you need with incentives!
Ways for your business to participate:
*Give a set number of dinners, desserts, tickets, or vouchers.
(We need these to be in the form of something that fits into a envelope
and will distribute them among the different giving levels as needed.)
Examples: 30 entrees at your restaurant or 25 gift certificates for merchandise
*Make sure everyone in at a certain giving level gets a voucher for your product.
“We will give movie tickets to everyone who donates at least $250!” or
“We want everyone who gave $1,000 to come have dinner at our restaurant, on us!”
*Provide product samples for the hand-delivered large donor baskets.
Examples: beverages, merchandise, non-perishable food, tee-shirts, product
What makes a great coupon?
*Something that people want… for free!
*Small items ($3.00 value)
*An item that would go great
with a (paid for) companion item.
A free cookie wants a coffee!
Things we need:
*Drinks: coffee, chai, juice
*Sweets: cookies, ice cream, candies
*Small plates: a pizza slice, taco, mini burger
*Things: dog collar, decal, coffee mug
*Services: hair blow dry, bike tire repair
Get access to the area’s most active, engaged clientele.
Big Give Days
Big Give Days are raffles, where everyone who donates
on that day is entered. It’s an effective way to build
excitement and increase donors.
Opportunities for Involvement
Donate goods and services in these categories
Big Romance Give Day:
Dinners for two, spa entry, massages, dessert, movie, theater, tour tickets jewelry, flowers.
Home and Nest Give Day:
Furniture shopping, house bling, dog/cat, pet supplies, groceries, takeout.
Big Adventure Give Day:
Sports shopping spree, rafting, zipping, hiking, vouchers, bike equipment rentals, tickets.
TBA Give Day:
Bring your ideas and creativity!
For additional information please contact:
(828) 251-1333 ext 143
Held on Thursdays 11:30am – 1:00pm
Now in its 4th year, this free food market (yes, your read that right!) will be held at the same time and location as the Fairview Welcome Table, located uphill from the Fairview Library, near Fairview Christian Fellowship (see map below). 596 Old US-74, Fairview, North Carolina. The market is hosted during the growing season on Thursday’s from 11:30am – 1:00pm.
The Fairview Share-the-Harvest Market is a space where folks in and near Fairview can bring their excess produce, plant starts, seeds, eggs, bread, etc and take food in return. You do not have to share food to take food but the market runs on donated local food gleaned from backyard gardens, farms, local kitchens and from The Lord’s Acre.
ANYONE AND EVERYONE is welcome. This market (like the Welcome Table) is for all. Eagle Scout Jonathan Tokay built a farm stand for the market that will be located behind the playground at the Welcome Table, just up the parking lot from the Fairview Library. For questions and guidelines, email us at email@example.com
Thursday, August 11 at 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM in EDT
French Broad River Park
From their Event Page:
Join us – all women who eat, farm, garden, or are interested in organics, sustainability, and agriculture.
A relaxed, supportive, half-day, gathering to connect and celebrate women in food & farming. This is not a workshop or a class format but a sharing and celebration and connection.
We’ve rented the pavilion at the French Broad River Park.
Bring a potluck dish to share.
If we feel inspired we will break out into discussion groups or pick a topic to discuss. Otherwise we’ll enjoy each other, the summer, the food, and celebrate.
Hosted by The Women of Organic Growers School
Saturday, July 9 at 1:30 PM to Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 PM in EDT
Living Web Farms: Tickets Available here
176 Kimzey Rd, Mills River, North Carolina
Join The Barefoot Farmer, Jeff Poppen, and local growers Amy Hamilton and Craig Siska, for an accessible immersion in biodynamic growing. Learn preps and soil secrets, read from Steiner and hear Jeff’s interpretations after 30 years of practical experience. Plus, gain perspective from two local growers who are leaders in our biodynamic movement. This will be a weekend of invaluable information!
by Frances Nevill
Planting a garden can change things. It can change an unremarkable few acres into rows of rainbow-colored harvests. It can change the gardener’s hands from soft and pristine to calloused and scraped from years of digging and weeding and working in the hot sun. But a garden, as The Lord’s Acre is proving, can also change how we look at and deal with hunger. And maybe even transform communities.
In 2009, The Lord’s Acre (TLA) set out with a simple mission — stock the Food for Fairview food pantry with fresh produce. Leading the effort to bring this idea to life was Pat Stone, editor of GreenPrints magazine and former editor of The Mother Earth News. He noticed that the pantry contained a lot of boxed and processed food. He envisioned a pantry full of greens and fruit and healthy options for the pantry’s clients. He gathered up a team of people, including fellow garden writer Susan Sides, who now serves as TLA’s executive director, and soon the garden was launched.
Though not affiliated with any church, TLA derives its name from the Depression Era when farmer’s would reserve a portion of their harvest for those in need. “A local church let us borrow six acres to grow vegetables,” recalls Sides. “Our original harvest yielded a few tons. It’s grown each year and in 2014 we harvested nearly 10 tons of fresh produce.” The harvest includes a variety of fruits and vegetables including lettuce, carrots, potatoes, corn, watermelon, kale and dozens of other options that change with the growing seasons.
Sides emphasizes that the garden strives to grow a variety of vegetables that are both nourishing and beautiful. “You’ll see green peppers, but also purple and red and yellow peppers, too. It’s as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.
And in some ways, bringing beauty to our clients is part of what we do.” TLA relies on a small staff and a large corps of volunteers that include individuals and families as well as scouts, churches, sports teams, and corporate groups.
“We had a men’s college soccer team spend a morning with us,” says Sides, “and their coach said that in the morning on their way out to the garden the guys had all kind of complained about getting up so early and the work that was awaiting them, but after the experience of being out on the land and in the garden, it’s all they could talk about the whole way home. They couldn’t wait to come back.” She adds, “We strive to make this a safe place where people can speak freely, meet new people and be fed by what volunteering can do for an individual; but also, it’s a place that can spur the kind of dialogue and thinking that can change how we think about and address hunger.”
Partnerships are integral to the fabric of TLA. Warren Wilson College regularly sends interns to partake in the vision of the garden. “They really are a co-educator,” says Cathy Kramer, dean of service for Warren Wilson. “TLA helps students see the connection between caring for the land, maintaining sustainable practices and caring for the community.”
While TLA primarily stocks the local pantry, portions of the harvest are given to the Fairview Welcome Table, a nonprofit in Fairview that serves weekly meals on a paywhat-
you-can-if-you-can basis. “TLA is a big part of what we do,” says Barbara Trombatore, executive director of Fairview Welcome Table.
“We like to provide the freshest food possible for our recipients and TLA’s fruits and vegetables are essential to our meals.” Trombatore uses the produce in salad bars,
fruit salads, and main courses. “If we have any overages of something like tomatoes, we’ll can it and use it for soup during the winter months.”
The garden is also a place where friendships are made. “Volunteers come in and work side-by-side so they form this connection over shared work,” says Sides, “Maybe weeks later they cross paths and come to find out they are different in some aspects, but they’ve formed a bond over what they have in common, so it’s great to see how relationships can be formed in a place like a garden.”
The garden houses an educational garden that shows visitors different ways of growing in your own backyard. Another popular feature is the kid’s garden where children get to plant seeds and learn the basics of growing. Where does TLA go from here?
Bringing so many people together and yielding such successful harvests has inspired others from around the state and the country to inquire about how to start such a garden in their own community. “We get about 10-12 visits a year from other groups wanting us to mentor them in how to get a similar garden up-and-running in their communities. This led us to write a manual outlining the beginning steps of getting a garden like ours off the ground.”
But the most valuable lesson The Lord’s Acre teaches can’t be found in any manual. “The work we do here ultimately changes you and challenges you,” says Sides. “The gifts of this garden go far beyond the harvest.” For more information visit thelordsacre.org
Plough to Pantry Magazine
Plough to Pantry | Volume I: Issue 2
WLOS.COM, SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, MATTHEW YATES
We’re on the nightly news! Thanks WLOS for letting folks know what we do and for giving our intrepid interns the opportunity to share why they work hard to grow food and community.
Carolina Moment: The Lord’s Acre
FAIRVIEW, N.C. — Every Thursday at 8:15 a.m., interns and volunteers alike come together to harvest food grown on the Lord’s Acre farm.
They provide food to Food For Fairview, The Welcome Table, the Share Market, and Green Opportunities. They produce 9.5 tons of food annually.
News 13 photojournalist Matthew Yates takes us into the garden for this week’s Carolina Moment.
Are you a NC grower with medicinal herbs to sell (at least a few dried pounds at a time)?
Are you a buyer looking for NC grown medicinal herbs? We have run a casual “medicinal herb buyer-medicinal herb grower matchmaking service” out of my program for many years and will continue to do so. But we thought it would also be helpful to create a page where growers and buyers could list what they want and need. This is just the beta testing site. I would love to populate it a bit within the next month or so and take it for a test drive. Anyone interested in trying it? If yes, just follow the instructions!
Link to Herb Connection
Jeanine M. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Dept. of Horticultural Science, NC State University