While the farm will be full of animal sounds, coming from both our livestock and excited children, we’ll also have some groovy tunes from several local artists on Farm Day. We could try describe the great music we’re going to have, but you’d have a better idea by checking out some of their websites!
In this Issue: Beef, Pork, Turkeys, Supported CSA Shares, Farm Tours and Fall Farm Day.
Sign up to get bulk Beef or Pork when we butcher in the fall, or come by now and purchase cuts from our freezer or at the farmers market. We have a great selection right now. Contact Sarah if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turkeys arrived on the farm last week. They will be sold for $3.50 per pound. A $10 downpayment reserves your turkey, which will be ready the week before Thanksgiving. E-mail Sarah for more information email@example.com.
This Fall at the farm we are offering 2 “supported” Community Supported Agrigulture (CSA) shares for individuals and/or families who value fresh, local produce but would not be able to pay full price for a share. Our Produce Team is currently accepting applications for those interested in receiving a supported share, and will be reviewing them until September 18th. To inquire further about our CSA and/or to request an application, please contact Camille at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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World Hunger Relief, Inc.
We have had great responses to the post Job’s Journey. Thank you to all who responded.
World Hunger Relief, Inc. also trains Americans called to improve the livelihoods of farmers throughout the world. The Sytsmas are one such couple. Sara has a background in agriculture and Anthony is an ordained minister.
The Sytsmas lived in Uganda in 2009 and, while there, realized the great opportunity for the church to respond to the needs of the country. Uganda, like Liberia, is also rebuilding after a destructive civil war. Sara and Anthony discovered that pastors often serve their congregations sacrificially, without pay, relying on farming for their food and income.
This year Sara is increasing her agriculture skills as a Livestock Intern. Anthony pitches in on the farm, fills in for preachers, and dedicates time to learning skills needed to equip these bi-vocational pastors. The Sytsmas hope to take these newly gained skills back to Uganda, helping wherever they can.
Because of the support of partners like you, World Hunger Relief is able to train individuals with the agriculture skills needed to feed communities throughout the world. Thank you for your support that makes this possible. I invite you to be part of an exciting matching opportunity. In September, the J.E.S. Edwards Foundation will double your donations to WHRI!
Please consider partnering with us and the J.E.S. Edwards Foundation during this matching opportunity.
Donations may be made by clicking the button below or mailing in your donation.
Be sure to read this latest column by Wendy Gragg, a writer for the Waco Tribune Herald:
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at World Hunger Relief, Inc.!
Welcome to the farm Kathleen Lokey, a member of this year’s team of Food Systems Interns! Here’s what Kathleen has to say to introduce herself:
My name is Kathleen Lokey and I hail from the beautiful, rolling hills of Tennessee. I graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Social Work in 2011 and spent the following summer in Waco staying hydrated during my frequent bike trips to Cameron Park. Eventually I moved to Belize and worked as a social worker in the school system.
Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God.” This verse encapsulates the way I desire to follow and glorify the Lord. I do not believe we empower others, as people already have power within themselves, but we can support, love, and walk alongside others in their journey. I came to the farm seeking an avenue to live in community and pursue holistic ministry with others. While the allergies from “stray,” dust, and Texas in general annoyingly force me to wear glasses (instead of contacts) for the first few hours of every day, I enjoy and am fulfilled through the work of the farm and the graciousness exhibited by my fellow farmers. My walk with the Lord has been void of solid, intentional community the last couple years so the familial aspect of the farm is exactly what I need. The farm is a lifestyle I have sought after and now I am finally in the midst of it. During this time I want to learn more about living in community while seeking to love God and my neighbors more deeply whether that is through a listening ear, pulling weeds, feeding pigs, cracking a smile, or all of the above. Random things I enjoy include flying kites, rambling in the outdoors, reading, star gazing, and riding my bike.
Please welcome to the farm, Adrienne Griggs. Adrienne is one of our new Food Systems Interns for the 2012-2013 school year. In addition to her work on the farm, Adrienne will be leading our afterschool garden clubs. Here’s Adrienne’s introduction of herself:
I come to the lone star state from northern Virginia (In Virginia there is northern Virginia and then the rest of Virginia; we feel the need to specify). I grew up about 30 miles south of DC in the suburbs and have lived there nearly my entire life. I graduated in 2010 from James Madison University (Go Dukes!) with a degree in Health Sciences, emphasis on public health education. After graduating I went on to work with the Virginia Cooperative Extension as a part of the Family and Consumer Sciences program. I was housed at the Capital Area Food Bank and worked with their partner organizations. I partnered with church food pantries and non-profit organizations throughout 4 counties working with low-income families, teaching people how to eat healthy on small budgets through cooking demonstrations and a series of classes. When I began with the food bank I had little interest in cooking and even less experience. As the months went on and I gained more confidence in my cooking abilities (through a lot of practicing on my accepting family) I started to really enjoy learning about food.
Through my job I had the opportunity to work with a church that had started some community gardens in order to provide some fresh produce to their clients. I would create recipes based around the produce available, make the dish, and give people samples. The idea was to create demand for the produce and encourage people to take the fresh vegetables and make a healthy meal for their family. I worked in the community garden a few times and loved it. I started to look around for opportunities to learn about gardening and sustainable agriculture while within a Christian community and stumbled upon WHRI with the help of a friend, Google. I am grateful that WHRI was so accepting of a girl from the suburbs with zero experience but a willingness to learn. I am looking forward to learning about gardening and sustainable agriculture and passing that knowledge on to the students in the after-school garden clubs I will help lead in Waco this year.
Check out the video linked below, on bee removal, featuring Neal Curran, WHRI’s Farm Operations Assistant.
We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, Georgia and to Community Baptist Church of Milledgeville, Georgia for making the construction of our new greenhouse and recent dorm renovations possible. It was a joy to host groups from these churches for a week at the farm, and to watch these two projects come to fruition.
Click here to hear Sarah Hess talking about Earth Day and World Hunger Relief on Mom’s Everyday.
The January issue of Farm Notes is now available online, click on the page below to read the whole newsletter.
Featuring: “Making Training Pay: WHRI Farm Enterprises”
Profiling: Rene Njamnshi and Annali Smucker
Introducing: the Ride for Relief 2012!
We at the farm have been having a great time offering our goods at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Every Saturday, there’s a tangible buzz of excitement in the air as we unload our truck and trailer, chock-full of fresh veggie goodness, and set up our stand alongside other local food enthusiasts.
Our booth has been graced in weeks past with the presence of many former and present interns and volunteers who have great stories to share. We have loved getting to see more of our CSA members even after the season has ended, as well as make new friends. Jessica and I have relished being able to swap recipes with those who stop by our stand; we always leave inspired to try our hand at new dishes.
The Farmers Market is a great opportunity for us to be out in the community, meeting our customers and supporters, and dreaming up new ways to bring you farm-fresh products – and we want you to be a part of it all!
Don’t forget, we’re still offering our fresh produce, pastured goat and beef, handcrafted cane-sugar sodas, and lots of Village Store items including jewelry, tote bags, coffee, tea and chocolate every week at the Farmers Market! Please stop by and say hello, we’re happy to see you and talk about what’s going on these days at the farm!