Calling all Farmer Foodshare volunteers! We want to thank you for all you do to make Farmer Foodshare's work possible. Join us for an evening of food and fun at the Bull City Cool Food Hub. You'll be able to:
- Tour our new facility
- See old friends...and make new ones
- Enjoy a delicious meal catered by local chef extraordinaire, Cyril Murphy
Family/significant others are welcome. Register here today!
There are a few parking spots in front of the Food Hub. Additional free parking is available on Mangum St. and in the surrounding neighborhood.
We hope to see you there! Thank you for helping us connect people who grow food with people who need food.
Do you care about the food system and think that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food? We invite you to join us for our fall volunteer orientation! Bring a friend and come to our offices at the Bull City Cool Food Hub and learn about the history of hunger in North Carolina, Farmer Foodshare's mission, and how you can get involved!
Volunteers are the key to Farmer Foodshare's success. You make it possible for us to get fresh, healthy food to more people across the state and to support the farmers who grow that food! By volunteering with Farmer Foodshare, you're helping to create a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant local food system.
Food Ambassador Training is required for any volunteer that is interested in becoming a Farmer Foodshare Food Ambassador! We are seeking volunteers to be “ambassadors” for delicious and healthy local food.
Farmer Foodshare works to make sure that everyone has access to healthy, fresh, local food! But preparing fresh food can be intimidating. Food Ambassadors educate members of the community about preparing fresh food in ways that are economical and delicious!
Tasks include cooking demonstrations, recipe instruction, and food education onsite at our partner organizations. After participating in our training program, volunteers will be responsible for conducting cooking demos while creating a lively and engaging atmosphere for all!
The training will be held at the Farmer Foodshare office at the Bully City Cool Food Hub (902 N. Mangum St., Durham, NC 27701-- corner building). Parking is available on Mangum St. with limited spots in front of the Food Hub.
All ages are welcome! Learn more about our Food Ambassador program at www.farmerfoodshare.org/volunteer
What is a Community Meal?
Most food today is handled in such a way that eating ceases to be an occasion through which we experience communal belonging, responsibility, and gratitude. While Farmer Foodshare works to support our growers and those in our midst who are hungry, we also believe in the gift of sharing and creating community through the practice of eating together. Whether this practice takes place in a parking lot, a church fellowship hall, a shelter, or a community garden, our hope is to bring all partners together around a shared meal.
Please join Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties and Farmer Foodshare at Club Nova Community Clubhouse for a community meal. Club Nova is a wonderful nonprofit that provides daytime programming and creates a safe space for adults living with mental illness. This congregation has been a recipient of the Chapel Hill farmers market donation station produce for almost three years! https://clubnova.org/
Volunteer Orientation is required for new Farmer Foodshare volunteers. At this time, we offer Orientation three times in a calendar year. Please register for our Summer Orientation here: http://signup.com/go/ENVPHW
You will learn about the history of hunger in North Carolina, Farmer Foodshare's mission, our community service programs and volunteer opportunities.
On-street parking is available on Mangum St. if the spots around the food hub are full.
See you there!
Cardinal Directions Beer Festival returns Sunday, May 21st from 1-5pm. 20+ NC breweries pouring Saisons on the Carrboro Town Commons. Come celebrate spring and our NC brewing community. Tickets go on sale March 17th. Proceeds go to support Farmer Foodshare. More information to come soon from Steel String Brewery.
If you would like to volunteer at this event, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eaca62fa1fa7-volunteer
Join us for an afternoon at the idyllic Honeysuckle Tea House for food, music, and fun to support Farmer Foodshare.
Reality Ministries invites you to their annual Talent Show, an extraordinary community event featuring performers and artists with and without developmental disabilities! This is our biggest event of the year, a show gauranteed to amaze and delight! You don't want to miss it!
This year our show will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at the one and only Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St. Durham NC
The evening begins at 6 pm with an art gallery viewing in the lobby, followed by on-stage performances at 7 pm
This event is FREE and open to ALL, but tickets are required! Please visithttps://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/reality-ministries to reserve your tickets today, and to learn more about the event
To learn more about Reality Ministries, please visit www.realityministriesinc.org
For a glimpse at last years talent show, held at the Carolina Theater, visithttp://www.realityministriesinc.org/news/gallery?album=6275277818907767393 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZj6FrgBXME
We hope to see you all there!
The 2017 Spring Tee + Tour highlights the Croasdaile neighborhood in northern Durham. Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, Croasdaile Country Club was established by Drs. Frances & Herbert Fox on farmland inherited from Frances Fox’s father, John Sprunt Hill, a prominent Durham financier and community leader. They developed a neighborhood that offered beautiful homes, a professionally designed, championship golf course, and other amenities. This year we will bring together community members for a golf tournament, cocktail party, and home tour that will highlight the beauty and history of this neighborhood while raising funds to support the programs of the JLDOC.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. Golf Tournament Tee Off at Croasdaile Country Club
5:00 p.m. VIP Champagne Toast
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Party at Croasdaile Country Club
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Home Roam Tour in Croasdaile Neighborhood
Food Ambassador Training is required for any current volunteer that is interested in becoming a Food Ambassador. Please register to attend the Food Ambassador training here: http://signup.com/go/tRqfR4
Street parking is available on Franklin St and public parking lots are found here: www.parkonthehill.com
You will learn the following skills with Chef Cyril:
-Safe knife and cooking skills.
-Knowledge of food safety and how to share best practices with participants and recipients
-Nutrition and public health facts
-How to communicate well with diverse members and partners, including children, parents, and staff of different organizations.
To learn more about our Food Ambassador program visit www.farmerfoodshare.org/volunteer
See you there!
What is a Community Meal?
Most food today is handled in such a way that eating ceases to be an occasion through which we experience communal belonging, responsibility, and gratitude. While Farmer Foodshare works to support our growers and those in our midst who are hungry, we also believe in the gift of sharing and creating community through the practice of eating together. Whether this practice takes place in a parking lot, a church fellowship hall, a shelter, or a community garden, our hope is to bring all partners together around a shared meal. Please join Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties and Farmer Foodshare at Iglesia Hispana Emanuel for a community meal. Iglesia Emanuel is a wonderful Durham parish that serves over 300 families and operates a weekly food pantry. This congregation has been a recipient of Downtown Durham farmers market donation station produce for three years!
The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties presents the 5th Annual Touch A Truck Event!
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 10am to 2pm. Children with sensory issues are welcome to come during setup for a quieter experience, from 9am to 10am.
Touch a Truck is an educational community event that provides children with a hands-on opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve Durham and Orange Counties.
This year's event features a fire engine, helicopter, cement truck, police car, tow truck, ambulance, bulldozers, and more! Additionally, Touch A Truck will have plenty of activities for children of all ages including dance performances, games, and inflatable bounce houses.
Tickets are available online at http://www.jldoc.org/product-category/fundraisers/touch-a-truck/ and will also be sold at the door (cash and credit accepted).
We hope to see you and your friends, family and neighbors on Saturday March 25th for a fun, hands-on event! Thank you for your support!
The Orange County Food Council will be hosting a community forum at Binkley Baptist Church on Thursday, March 23rd from 6-8pm. Please join us for some tasty local food plus a discussion around food access gaps and growing the local food and farm economy.
Food and mingling will start at 6pm. The forum will begin at 6:30pm with an introduction of the newly formed council and followed by two breakout sessions with OCFC's work groups: Food Access & Local Food Economy. Your participation in these forums will help to shape and inform the council's work in 2017.
We hope to see you there!
For questions or to RSVP, please email Ashley at email@example.com.
Come to the Table 2017 Conference
Bridging Divides: Cultivating Food & Faith Connections
*** Register by March 6th: http://rafiusa.org/cttt/ ***
* Registration: $30 for full-day conference, includes lunch
* Scholarships and travel stipends are available! Contact Carson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Come to the Table Conference is a biennial gathering of food, faith, and farm advocates focused on relieving hunger and strengthening local, sustainable agriculture in North Carolina. This year's conference theme is "Bridging Divides: Cultivating Food & Faith Connections." Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops covering theology and food, community development, racial equity, and food and farm policy. This year, we welcome former NFL player turned NC farmer and hunger relief activist Jason Brown as our keynote speaker. Come to the Table was founded in 2007 and is a project of the Rural Advancement Foundation International.
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Join us for the sixth convening of the Come to the Table Conference on March 16th, 2017 at the Durham Convention Center. We look forward to gathering with community members, faith leaders, farmers, gardeners, farm workers, hunger relief agencies, and many more groups for workshops and presentations from clergy and community leaders on a variety of topics. As always, we look forward to engaging conversations and strategy sessions on relieving hunger and strengthening local and sustainable agriculture.
At this year's conference, we will explore both the history and present state of our food system: how and why food is produced and distributed the way it is, and how faith communities can support a system where both farmers and consumers are thriving. Attendees will both hear from experts in the field, and be asked to share their own experience and wisdom as participants in the food system.
We are pleased to welcome Jason Brown as this year’s keynote speaker! Jason left a successful career as a lineman in the NFL to become a farmer in eastern North Carolina. After his departure from professional football, Jason moved back to the state and purchased a 1,000-acre farm in Louisburg. He and his wife Dr. Tay Brown have dedicated themselves to aiding in local hunger relief efforts. Their farm, First Fruits Farm, has made national headlines for its donation of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to those in need. Thousands of volunteers have lent helping hands in their harvest and gleaning events. In their work with Wisdom for Life Ministries and First Fruits Farm, Jason and his wife Tay are demonstrating how to live a life of purpose and how to promote community development through agriculture.
Workshop tracks will include:
Building Strong Foundations—skills and core knowledge for community work and hunger relief
Theology & Food—interfaith conversation from our community of practice on broadening our lens for food and faith
Farmer Voices & Cooperative Development—voices from the field, stories from farmers less visible in the food system, and cooperative projects
Getting Food to the Table—a closer look at production and process in food system: issues affecting farmworkers and food workers
Policy—a dual look at agricultural policy and hunger relief
And much more!
March Madness! Come play BINGO with the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties on Wednesday, March 8th at the National Guard Armory (801 Stadium Dr., Durham, NC 27704). We will show the 7 p.m. ACC game during the event.
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Bingo starts at 6:45 p.m.)
Location: National Guard Armory, 801 Stadium Dr, Durham, NC 27704
Price: $15 per person, $10 for senior citizens
Theme: March Madness!. We will show the 7 p.m. ACC game during the BINGO event. Prizes for bingo game winners!
Extras: The purchase of a regular ticket will get you 10 regular bingo games and entertainment. Additional tickets can be purchased for special games during the event.
Tickets can be purchased in advance on the JLDOC website.
All proceeds benefit the community impact of the Junior League of Durham & Orange Counties (a 501 3c) whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable
Wholesale Success is a day-long comprehensive workshop designed to help small and mid-sized fruit and vegetable farmers with one of the biggest challenges they face: helping their business grow! This program gives farmers the tools they need to make sure their produce is of the highest quality, to manage food safety and other risks, and to nurture the relationships with customers that they need to be successful.
Topics covered in this workshop include: business and crop planning for wholesale, wholesale marketing, post-harvest handling, and wholesale risk management strategies. Light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided for attendees.
Each attendee will receive a copy of "Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Selling, Postharvest Handling, and Packing Produce," the definitive guide for produce farmers selling into wholesale markets. This 312 page manual builds the capacity of farmers to meet the burgeoning demand for locally/regionally grown fruits and vegetables. Wholesale Success covers up-to-date best practices information on food safety, postharvest handling, packing, business management, marketing, and crop-specific profiles for over 100 crops. The manual is valued at $70.
This workshop is being hosted by the Bull City Cool Food Hub and Farmer Foodshare. Funds for this workshop are being provided by the U.S.D.A. U.S.D.A. is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.