Want to be a judge at the next Grayson County Fair?

As we add more exhibit categories to the next Grayson County Fair, we also need to add more judges! Judging categories vary from food preservation, dried foods and kinds of vinegar, and baked goods to photography, Legos and models, quilts, sewing and more. 2 judging schools will be held soon.  I’ll be going to the[…]

Forest Farmer Grower-Industry Expo & Training

These are two days in May that you won’t want to miss!  Location: Kingsport, TN (May 19th) and Duffield, VA (May 20th) May 19: Forest Farming Grower/Industry Expo and Training Kingsport, TN  This event will bring together herb companies, apothecaries, and herbal product makers with experienced and aspiring forest farmers for a day of networking and[…]

Permaculture Group Begins Swale & Food Forest Construction @ COGS

The Grayson Permaculture Group recently installed swales as part of a food forest design at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax. A swale is a shallow trench dug along the land’s contour, with a berm on the downhill side. All points along a contour line are exactly the same height, therefore, a trench[…]

Help for Virginia’s farmer veterans

Excert from the Galax Gazette online, Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm By SHAINA STOCKTON and D.T. CLARK Veterans seeking to transition from their life in service to a career in agriculture will have some new resources to help them along the way. According to a recent announcement, the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran[…]

David Grimsley to Speak @ June Meeting

Join us Monday, July 18 at 7 PM @ 108 Courthouse Street Independence David Grimsley, of the Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium, will give a presentation about his work to cultivate a network of local farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care. Please invite anyone you know who would be[…]

Earth Box Presentation

In April, Liza Dobson, Masters Candidate in Horticulture at Virginia Tech, presented her assessment of a Tech-supported gardening project in Grayson County. Recipients of Feeding America food assistance were given growing containers, seeds and starts to grow food at their homes in 2014 and 2015. Liza visited the participants in their homes and did an[…]