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Local food, mom & pop retail

Designating today as Small Business Saturday is a great idea, and hopefully a lot of folks will take part. Sometimes a simple trigger like this can bring about a change of habits in consumers. But legislators and state government administration need to develop some new habits of their own to help strengthen the economic viability of small businesses in our state, or we will continue to bleed jobs as these mom & pop operations fold under the pressure of market dominance by faceless, high-volume conglomerates.

On the local food side, it looks like Kay Hagan's cosponsored Amendment to shield small farmers has a good chance of passing:

Kay continues her work for small farms

It's nice to know somebody's looking out for them:

Hagan is cosponsoring two amendments to the Senate version. One of them, which would exempt family operations from new performance and record-keeping requirements, is now being rewritten.

“We had started out having it by a dollar amount,” Hagan explained. “It was $500,000 [in gross income] but now it’s being looked at [by] the metric … like how many bushels of peaches that they would sell.”

Focusing on the metric of production will make it easier to isolate smaller-scale operations, explained the senator.

Sen. Hagan tries to protect small farmers

That's two more blue stars, Kay:

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) has cosponsored two amendments to the food safety bill that will protect small, local food producers from unnecessary and burdensome regulations that could harm their businesses.

"I am working with my colleagues to make changes to the food safety bill to allow our smaller producers to continue operating under existing state regulations. These amendments will ensure we do not overburden our small farms."

Small farms, Local Food: Up for a vote in the Senate

Are you a lover of your area's small farms and the amazingly wonderful local food networks around North Carolina? Do you love a good meal out a few times a month at one of the RTP areas restaurants that use local food from local farms? You wanna keep those options around, along with their positive economic and environmental impacts?

Then you need to keep reading because small farms are about to have a big fat financially draining regulatory millstone hung around their proverbial necks if changes are not made to a bill up for a vote in the Senate in next few weeks.

Will Allen coming to Raleigh & Goldsboro November 9th

Hey all my awesome BlueNC and other foodie friends! I haven't been around much lately, but I know you all care about safe food, local farms and building safe, local food networks soooo... I thought you'd want to know about this speaker who's coming to Raleigh soon.

[You've been praying for news that didn't involve anyone named Mike or Easley anyway, I know.]

On November 9th, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and Burt's Bees are hosting 2008 MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner, Will Allen. Allen is Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI.

If you've seen the documentary FRESH, you know who Will Allen is.

Food, Inc. Special Benefit Showing July 18th

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Join leaders in your local food community for a foodraiser for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Saturday, July 18th at the Colony Theater in Raleigh. Doors open at 10:30 A.M.; program starts at 10:50. Minimum donation: $10, cash only. Learn about Whole Food's new 5-Step Animal Welfare Program before the documentary on the industrialization of our food systems and stay afterwards for a Q&A session led by farmer Richard Holcomb of Coon Rock Farm. Related books and information in the lobby. For more details on this Cook for Good Foodraiser, visit cookforgood.com/foodinc

Does your town have a farmers market?

Here in Clayton we have a farmer's market opening on the Town Square April 4th ... just a few months away. I am very excited about it. We are so fortunate to have a group of committed citizens and town leaders & employees who have worked for about a year to get the market organized and started right.

There are several wonderful farmer's markets in the Triangle area. Do you live in a town with it's own local farmer's market?

If you do, have you been? Why or why not?

Do you visit your market a few times a year? Do you shop there regularly during the season? Do you support it with a portion of your grocery budget every week? Do you have the schedule posted on your fridge and look forward to every market day? Why do you like/love it?

Do you volunteer with your local market? Are you a market vendor?

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