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Federal Money Seeding Local Food Markets, Encouraging Fresh Veggies

If you could pick a peach grown by a local orchard grower, would you?  Could you walk downtown in your community and find a fresh produce stand?  Did you know you can spend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP dollars at the farmers market?   Millions of dollars in federal investment is going to give more […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2015 in agriculture, community, food, frugal, nutrition

Southern Climate Vigil Offers Spiritual Response to Climate Change

Being mindful and prayerful about the People’s Climate March in New York City this weekend was a focus of the Greater Knoxville Climate Vigil hosted last weekend by Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light.  Church pastors and people of various faiths gathered at Knoxville, Tennessee’s downtown Alex Haley Heritage Square for the event.  They called this […]

Continue Reading By on September 19, 2014 in climate change, community, faith

Urban Community Farm Produces for Needy, Needs More Tennessee Volunteers

Want more thoughtful content like this?  Subscribe to Flour Sack Mama’s newsletter to stay in touch! The muscadine grapes were bursting to be picked, a few late summer berries were still hanging on, and the weeds made their last stand under the hands of energetic volunteers at the Saturday work day. Beardsley Community Farm was […]

Continue Reading By on September 8, 2014 in farming, food, green, organic

Green Goes Mainstream: Community Gardening & Wellness

Could gardening be central to community revitalization?  We explore that idea in our Green Goes Mainstream series. A People’s Garden stands outside USDA headquarters in Washington, DC, modeling how fresh lettuce and tomatoes can nourish a community’s spirit.  Food from gardens like these goes to feed the hungry in all 50 states.  This garden project […]

Continue Reading By on July 23, 2014 in agriculture, Appalachia, gardening, green, Green Goes Mainstream, organic

Three Questions to Ask Before Giving to Charity

Your money.  Well earned.  Patiently saved.  When you give back through charitable donations this time of year, you do so with the expectation that you’ll be supporting the cause that touched your heart.  Perhaps it will. Were you aware that third-party solicitors, in some states, can keep 80 to 90 percent of charitable donations for […]

Continue Reading By on December 20, 2013 in community, conscious consumerism

Rural Appalachian Health Clinic Gets Federal Finance Boost

An innovative health clinic in West Virginia’s coal country has received a major financial boost from the Affordable Care Act.  The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will be able to expand services with its more than $800,000 awarded in November.  We first told you about the clinic in 2011, when a collaborative of local medical […]

Continue Reading By on December 16, 2013 in Appalachia, coal, health, natural resources, rural, Uncategorized

Project Linus Sending Blanket Hugs to Sandy Hook School

Caring people who have stitched, knitted and quilted in communities around the country are sending hugs in the form of blankets to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Project Linus volunteers have organized hundreds of quilts in hopes of comforting survivors of the school shooting tragedy. A portion of those quilts are from the East Tennessee chapter […]

Continue Reading By on December 19, 2012 in school, sewing

Food Co-ops Quantify Local Goodness

You can’t help but notice it when you walk in a local cooperative grocery store.  The atmosphere is pleasant, the sales are low-key, and the staff will take time to answer any questions.  Local, organic and good-for-you products are the norm, not the exception. Now co-ops have some hard data to back up the advantages […]

Continue Reading By on August 27, 2012 in agriculture, food