UPFFC’s Farm & Food Fest 2014

It’s not too late to join us for UPFFC’s Farm & Food Fest 2014 Featuring the Workshops and Speakers. The Upper PeeDee Farm and Food Council’s 2014 Farm and Food Fest for the Charlotte region is set for Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:45am-3pm, preregistration through October 31. The event will be at the renowned Lucky Clays Farm located near Norwood, NC in southern Stanly County, www.luckyclaysfarm.com, and home of Lucky Clays Fresh.

Attendees will choose two of the three workshops that feature expert panelists from around the state, plus an information-packed plenary session. Workshops are:

  1. “Aquaponics/Hydroponics” – Led by Bradley Todd, Greenhouse Manager and staff of Lucky Clays Fresh, learn how they are producing tilapia, prawns, lettuces, herbs and edible flowers for the Charlotte market.
  2. “Alternative Energy for Farm and Home” – Joel Olsen, o2 Energies; Sean Hackett, Entropy Solar Integrators; and Debra Nesbitt, USDA Renewable Energy for America (REAP) will share the newest options and benefits of solar and wind.
  3. “Marketing for the Small Farm: Connecting Producers with Consumers,” Smithson Mills, Asheville businessman; Rebecca Dunning, NCSU’s “NC Growing Together;” and Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau, will discuss the latest on how connecting producers and consumers of healthy local food can build our farm and food system.

The plenary session features two speakers who will assure us that “Local Food Is Here to Stay.” Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau, and Christy Shi, Shi-Day Consulting, will tag-team about how interest in local farms and food is surging in NC, especially in the Charlotte region and beyond, and how you can be a part of that movement.

You will enjoy a menu of delicious, locally-grown food, catered by the Charlotte region’s ROOTS. The Naked Pig, Bountiful Harvest Farm, Hilltop Angus and other local farms are contributing product from summer and fall harvests.

Uwharrie Bank is underwriting the event and will be on hand to discuss lending options to local farmers for farming and food production.

You must pre-register for the 2014 Farm and Food Fest. Purchase tickets now at www.upffc.org until October 31. For more information, contact info@upffc.org or Shannon Johnson at (704) 984-9415.