This week, we are delighted to feature Sustainable Berea as our nonprofit! They'll be set-up Friday night, July 21st, to spread the word about all the work they do for our community!
Founded in 2005, Sustainable Berea is a grassroots organization whose members work to increase the resilience of their households, neighborhoods and community. During its 12-year history, Sustainable Berea has promoted water and energy conservation, solar energy, and local economic development through reskilling workshops, educational programs and other events. In the last several years, the primary focus of the organization has turned to supporting the development of a vibrant local food system.
The 3rd Annual Berea Victory Garden Blitz in March 2017 added to the hundreds of raised garden beds that Sustainable Berea has installed throughout the city, many for low-income households. In partnership with the Madison County Public Library, Sustainable Berea’s “How does your garden grow?” workshop series helps new and experienced gardeners to increase their skills.
The Berea Urban Farm is an educational market garden that forms the heart of the Berea Urban Agriculture District – an experiment to see how 500 residents and 50+ businesses occupying 82 acres might work together to create a neighborhood food system. Our vision is inclusive: If you eat, you’re in!
In the meantime, check out this video about the Berea Urban Farm produced by our sponsor Mountain Tech Media, and save the date for the upcoming Bean There, Done That potluck Saturday July 29th.
Founded in the 1970’s by local farmer icon, Bill Best, the Berea Farmers Market has been in operation for over 40 years. Starting out as just a handful of farmers selling under the Berea Community School bleachers, the market has grown into a year round market with a vibrant community gathering space. They sell all your favorites like beans, corn and tomatoes as well as foods you may have never seen before like Turkish Snake Peppers or long purple eggplant. They have canned vegetables, baked goods, sauces, jelly and honey. They also has a variety of hand crafted art like leather work, jewelry, felted scarves and doll clothes. Each Saturday, they keep you entertained with local music or performing artists and your kids are welcome to a free lunch and fun activities.
The market is deeply committed to supporting our local economy with a vetting process for both farmers and artisans to assure that vendors are bringing only what they have grown in their fields or produced with their hands. They are also continually working to make the market accessible to everyone in the community by accepting SNAP benefits and special voucher programs for young families and senior citizens and will double those benefits to increase spending power for those most in need. They also regularly donate produce to the Berea food bank through a local gleaning program.
The market is in the middle of a fund raising campaign to make sure the market and these food support programs continue for another year. If you’d like to keep the market alive and vibrant, please consider donating. They are here tonight on the corner of Adams and Broadway. Look for the Berea Farmers Market logo sign. You can also donate on-line on their website bereafarmersmarket.org or at the market manager’s booth on market days. They meet each Saturday from 9-1 and Tuesday from 3-6. Hope to see you at the market!
Our first week, we happily featured Grow Appalachia, a local non-profit sponsored by Berea College. Check out the mission statement, and please consider donating at the link below :
We focus on many levels of food security because we see food system development as an opportunity that crosses many sectors. Our approach to food security in the region:
Donate here! https://growappalachia.berea.edu/give/