City Council to Take Action on Food Action Policy

Urban Farm Tomato

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Thanks to the work of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council, Asheville City Council will consider a proposed food action plan to move the city toward food security and to provide a more supportive atmosphere for urban farming.  Posted below are the documents to be considered.  Please consider contacting City Council (here’s their contact info) to express your support for the plan.  You can also attend the meeting to show City Council that this is something that our community truly supports.  Please share this post in order to garner as much support as possible! Continue reading

FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project

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Photo Credit: SMcGarnigle (http://www.flickr.com/people/mcbarnicle/)

This grant may be of interest to vendors at the Oakley Farmers Market or others interested in humane animal farming techniques.

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is now accepting grant applications for its Fund-a-Farmer Project!   The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised. Working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows and/or beef cattle are eligible to apply for any of the three types of grants.  Projects involving goats and sheep are only eligible for marketing grants.  Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by May 1, 2013 for awards made in August 2013. View guidelines and apply online at www.fundafarmer.org. Contact Lisa at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org or 773-525-4952 with questions.

2013 Season Announced! Now accepting new vendors!

Opening Day Haul 2012

Happy new year!  We hope the holidays treated you all well, and that you’re enjoying winter’s rest.  We’re stirring early from our winter hibernation and getting to work on our 2013 season.  We are excited to announce our opening date of Thursday, May 9! The market will run until October 24.  Same time, same place: Thursdays, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at 607 Fairview Road, in the parking lot behind Oakley United Methodist Church.

We’re so excited to get an early start on the market this season (we’re opening a week earlier than last year), that we’ve decided to celebrate with a Spring Fling on May 23!  Planning is in the works, but you can surely expect delicious, fresh, local food and plenty of activities for kids and grownups alike to be entertained by.  So mark your calendars and invite your friends!  Remember, this market is a success when you all come out to show your love and support!

We’ve also begun accepting applications for the 2013 season.  If you or someone you know is interested in vending, please check out our online application or our print application.  We encourage all applicants to use the online application, as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply and cuts down on paperwork for us.

As committee meetings fill up our winter calendars, we’ll be thinking of you all as we push forward and get to work for the spring.

Until then, happy winter!