Seeds for Independence

Seeds for Independence is an idea that sprouted this summer. Loren Webster contacted a diverse group of people and everyone thought that a Seed saving group was a great idea. The library had contacted the Farmers Market a few times about starting a Seed Library and so Seeds for Independence took root. If this sounds[…]

Plant a row for the hungry

If seed sales this year are any indication, most of you planted a garden this year. The Independence Farmers Market and Grayson LandCare would like to encourage the community to “Plant a row for the hungry”. Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) is a national people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little[…]

Monthly presentation features Robin Suggs discussing woodland medicinals

This will be an Online event at our usual 7pm meeting time. Our Zoom platform can allow 100 people, so please pass along to anyone who might be interested!- You can find the Zoom invitation at the bottom of the post. We are pleased to have Robin Suggs, the new Procurement/Grower Manager for the Agroforestry[…]

Independence Farmers’ Market upcoming events September

Fermentation Friday AND Pepper Day September 13 @ 9:00 am- 1 pm Fermentation Friday returns to the Market on September 13. Carrie Gualt of Bird and Hopper Farm will host 2 demonstrations on preparing fermented foods. The demonstrations will begin at 10 am and again at noon. Fermentation is an ancient method of food preservation[…]

Monday, 19th August, 7 pm: Composting for Solid Waste Management (and to make good stuff). Tom Simpson, Ph.D.

More than half of the solid waste generated in Virginia (and the US) is organic material that could potentially be composted. As environmental concerns, costs and difficulty in siting landfills have increased, efforts to expand recycling and composting as solid waste management alternatives have increased. Yard wastes, typically grass and leaves, are by far the[…]

Independence Farmers Market August Events

Fiber Day and Christmas in August Craft fair August 23 August 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Last Fiber Day of the season. Don’t miss it!   The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild will hold 2 Fiber Days at the Market this year: June 21 and August 23 during regular Market hours from 9 am to 1 pm.[…]

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Mentor Project

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) awards mini-grant funds to VA Tech and Grayson LandCare’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Mentor Project. The goal of  BFRMP is to broaden coalition building and collaboration by developing a mentoring relationship to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills of experienced farmers and ranchers with beginning farmers and ranchers.[…]