Monday, June 22, 2009

Local Growers in the News!

Western NC growers have been in the news lately!

Sunday's edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times featured Henderson County grower and owner of Windy Ridge Organic Farms, Anthony Owens in Organic Means Costly. Which is kind of a bummer of a title for the article.

In The Smoky Mountain News, Haywood County growers Skipper Russell and Kaleb Rathbone, were featured for getting their lettuce and strawberries, respectively, into local Ingles stores. Way to go! It is exciting to see Ingles getting more involved in locally grown produce.

Both Rathbone and Russell have received WNC AgOptions awards, including funding for an irrigation system for Rathbone’s strawberry farm and a refrigerated truck (Picture at top of post and right picture below) to haul and deliver Russell’s lettuce (left picture below). The refrigeration ensures that the lettuce doesn't wilt while traveling to the stores. “The grant has made what I’m doing possible,” Russell said. “It opened up new marketing possibilities for all of us by enhancing food safety and shelf life.”

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