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resources

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finding food

Most small farms in our community donate regularly to the food pantries and community organizations working tirelessly to feed people, especially during COVID. If you need food, want to volunteer, or want to donate, here are some resources:

  • Orange County has information on accessing food.

  • Food Pantries: IFC, Hillside/Point Church

  • The Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Northside has a food program in Chapel Hill called Heavenly Groceries.

  • PORCH collects and distributes food in all the towns of the triangle.

  • TABLE is getting food to folks specifically in Orange County

  • In Durham, Fed-Up by the Poor People's Campaign is feeding everyone they can. They don't have a website but the link contains enough information to get going.

growing in the piedmont

Here are some resources (no affiliate anything) we rely on or want folks to know about, whether you are a gardener, seed saver, or looking to support community resources:

  • Our local land grant university, NC State, has tremendous resources available for gardeners, small farmers, backyard poultry keepers, beekeepers, and more. Search for anything followed by "NCSU" and you'll get their publications. The Growing Small Farms program is a treasure.

  • Here's an excellent planting schedule from the extension program, which we supplement with one that also covers harvest windows, by Doug Jones and Debbie Roos.

  • We get most of our farm supplies from the fabulous folks at Country Farm and Home in Pittsboro and their website and mailing lists contain a wealth of information. Barnes Supply and Stone Bros. in Durham and Southern States and Fifth Season in Carrboro are the local spots we use for garden and poultry supplies. 

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southern seeds and seed saving

In recent years the importance of regionally adapted seed has gained traction as an important issue for sustainable agriculture, especially in the context of climate change. The legacy of slavery, enduring institutional racism against Indigenous and People of Color, and elitist rejection of the cultural importance of poor people's food has left Southern seed, seed keepers, seed histories, and farmers neglected from the perspective of preservation and commercial appreciation. It is impossible to name all the important folks doing work in this area, but we share some resources here:

books and podcasts

Between farming and homeschooling I haven't read a physical book in a long time, but podcasts and audiobooks keep me company in the field and here are some great ones related to small farming:

  • Farming While Black by Leah Penniman. Everyone should read this book.

  • If you want to daydream about sheep, homesteading, and back to the land possibilities, read any of Gene Logsden's books and blog posts.

  • If you are really into seeds and want to nerd out, see if you can get your hands on The Organic Seed Grower by John Navazio

  • The No-Till Market Garden podcast has incredible episodes for understanding soil health and diversified small growing, whether you are trying to make a living from it or not.

  • Seeds and Their People is a radio show by one of my favorite seed story tellers.

  • While Chris Blanchard is gone, Farmer to Farmer is not and it's the first farming podcast I listened to and I still go back to interviews and listen to them again.

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