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University of Tennessee Farmers’ Market Open May through October

East Tennessee can once again get a taste of organic produce grown at the University of Tennessee’s experimental farm.  Interns with the UT Harvest Market will be sharing their harvests each Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 7 pm at the UT Gardens. Vegetables available in May have included kohlrabi, swiss chard, lettuce and kale.  The […]

Continue Reading By on May 21, 2014 in agriculture, farmers market, organic

Southern Church Hosts 100-Mile Creation Care Potluck Meal

Do vine-ripened tomatoes make you the envy of neighborhood gardeners? Do you already belong to a Community Supported Agriculture group of farm customers? Why not share your love of homegrown food with the rest of your community?  Maybe you have a new recipe to share? Local food is regaining popularity for many reasons, one being […]

Continue Reading By on August 2, 2013 in agriculture, climate change, energy, faith, farmers market, food, green, local, sustainable

Small Farm Chicken and Egg Sources

So you don’t have time to take on the responsibilities of raising backyard chickens?  Or is it not allowed in your neighborhood?  Another choice might be supporting a nearby family farmer. I had the privilege of meeting the Waters family last fall and learning about their sustainable farming practices.  Like many small farmers, they strive […]

Continue Reading By on February 10, 2012 in agriculture, farm, farmers market, sustainable

Justice Sought for Farmers and Consumers

*Update: Supreme Court refuses to hear case. More than 100 million people are expected to tune in soon for the Super Bowl, munching their way through the second biggest food consumption day of the year, festivities complete with rock stars. When spectators numbered only in the hundreds and mainstream media was noticeably absent, the nation’s […]

Continue Reading By on February 1, 2012 in eating better, farmers market, food, garden, organic, sustainable

Friends of Farmers Supportive in New York

*Update: Supreme Court refuses to hear case Years from now, will our children and grandchildren have the choice to grow their own organic food or at least be able to buy it from a US farmer?  Will the air, water and soil around them be close enough to what our Creator intended to support healthy […]

Continue Reading By on January 31, 2012 in eating better, environmental, farmers market, garden, organic, seed, sustainable

Why Family Farmers Raise Grass-Feed Beef

The life that took two young people away from their family farms in rural Tennessee took a stunning turn several years later.  The diagnosis of cancer challenged Verlinda Waters to overcome the disease and get strong again.  As her husband, Dave, supported her in this effort, and as their sons went off to college, they […]

Continue Reading By on November 22, 2011 in eating better, farmers market, farming, natural, organic, sustainable

Top Turkeys Go from Pasture to Thanksgiving Table

Verlinda and Dave Waters, River Ridge Farms My visit to see the turkeys at River Ridge Farms disrupted their latest move from one stretch of pasture to the other.  Verlinda Waters had the tractor backed up to move the large wooden roost she and her husband had built by hand.  One turkey sat leisurely atop […]

Continue Reading By on November 21, 2011 in agriculture, farmers market, farming, food, natural, organic

Grocery Co-op Builds Green Store

Unless you know the correct interstate exit or the local route near downtown Knoxville, you may be missing one of the best-kept secrets in the Southeast.  Rising from the corner of two modest streets in a somewhat revitalized area north of downtown is a structure that rivals any new suburban supermarket.  It’s an uber-green, naturally hued building […]

Continue Reading By on September 19, 2011 in conscious consumerism, eating better, farm, farmers market, food, shopping, sustainable