Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 FARM TOUR - Survey, Video and Photos

THANKS to all those who attended the 2014 FARM TOUR! It was a terrific weekend despite a little bit of rain.

Here's 3 ways we'd  love you to extend your experience!

WATCH THE VIDEO

Andrew Linker has made another incredible video to memorialize the experience of the tour. We know you will enjoy it and you might even see yourself. Please forward this to everyone who attended the tour with you (as we only have e-mails for those who purchased the brochure), or forward to other friends who might enjoy the tour next year as this will likely inspire them.



TAKE OUR SURVEY

Your feedback is very important and useful to us. Please take just a moment (about 1 min) to tell us what you thought of the tour and how we can improve it. Past year's suggestions have helped us tweek the event to what it is today!


SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS




This is the first year that we're asking all FARM TOUR attendees to submit their favorite photos from the tour. We hope to make this event more and more interactive each year, and capturing the unique perspectives of each attendee is a great way for you to share your experience. You can either post or share directly to our farmer network FACEBOOK page (link above) or send photos via e-mail to soque@windstream.net and we'll post them for you. Include a caption or comment if you like. We love getting your insights on what was beautiful to you!

If you're a FACEBOOK USER you can also watch the VIDEO of the TOUR there as well (same one as above but easier to share). If you get a chance click LIKE on our FB page. And Submit your photos there too! https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaMountainsFarmersNetwork




Thanks again,

the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR 2014

GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR 2014
Saturday and Sunday June 28-29th




Attend North Georgia's premiere tour of local food farms featuring small scale, sustainable and diverse farms throughout the North Georgia Mountains and neighboring states.

Here's how the TOUR works..... Choose from 14 farms in Habersham, Rabun, White Counties and beyond, visit community gardens, and eat local foods prepared by local chefs. It's the food and farm event of the summer and helps to raise funds for the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network. Tour hours are from 1-6pm each day. Different farms are featured each day.
Featured FARMS

Saturday June 28th
LoganBerry Heritage Farm
Nacoochee Valley Farm
Indian Ridge Farm
Mtn Honey
Melon Head Farm
Liberty Farm
CopperPot Gardens


Sunday June 29th
Jan and Zen's Garden
Taylor Creek Farm
Shade Creek Farm
Chattooga Belle Farm
Mill Gap Farm
Old School Garden
Fortify Kitchen & Bar
Sylvan Falls Mill B&B
Leah Lake Farm

Map of FARM LOCATIONS

View Georgia Mountains Farm Tour 2014 in a larger map


How to Attend 

Online sales of passes has ended. You can still attend the tour by purchasing a pass from any farm on the tour. See details below.  

In-Person sales of passes will occur at any farm on the tour ($35 cash or check to GMFN). However, only two farms each day will have the brochure guides to the tour so you may want to start at one these farms, or print out a copy of the brochure in advance (above) and the helpful detailed maps to farms (below). You can begin the tour and buy a pass at any farm, and you will be provided a receipt that you can then redeem for a brochure at the locations below.

Farm Locations with brochures the day of the event 
($35 CASH or CHECK to GMFN)

SATURDAY 

  • LoganBerry Heritage Farm - 2660 Adair Mill Road, Cleveland, GA 30528
  • Mtn Honey - 349 Gastley Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523
SUNDAY 

  • Taylor Creek Farm - 2204 Sunshine Road, Toccoa, GA 30577
  • Mill Gap Farm - 63 Mill Gap Lane, Tiger, GA 30576


If you'd like to pickup a brochure in person in advance they are available at 1387 Washington Street (the Soque River Watershed Association offices) in downtown Clarkesville through Thursday, June 26th. Call 706-754-9382 to make sure the offices are open before arrival. Brochures are also available at the Habersham Chamber of Commerce office in Cornelia through Friday.




When you purchase a WEEKEND PASS you will receive an EAT WELL, BUY LOCAL bumper sticker with your brochure that serves as your weekend pass. Place the sticker (unpeeled of course) on your front dashboard to gain access to all farms on the day of the tour.


EXTRA MAPS
To make finding the farm locations even easier this year we've made two additional maps that should help you navigate. After you've purchased a brochure we encourage you to print and carry these maps with you.




SPONSORS
This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. HUGE THANKS to them. 



Be sure and visit their websites:
Habersham Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Organics
HEMC
North Georgia Turf
Simply Homegrown
Ingles

VOLUNTEER
Want to get involved with the TOUR as more than just a spectator? Each year we depend on about 20-30 volunteers to represent the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network by helping each farm to  direct traffic, check for passes, welcome attendees, and sometimes sell produce, or orient attendees before each tour begins. The REWARD for putting in one day of service is you get to attend the TOUR for FREE on the other day of the event and receive a free FARM TOUR t-shirt.



If you'd like to see if we still need volunteers please send Maggie an e-mail to gmfnfarmtour@gmail.com.

Can't volunteer but would still like a T-SHIRT? You can purchase a shirt for just $15. Just add it to your ONLINE order. Shirts are heather blue, soft cotton/poly blend, very lightweight and cool shirt in sizes S-XL.


WHAT TO EXPECT ?
Want to get a feel for what to expect on this year's tour? Watch our VIDEO made by Food and Faces - Andrew Linker made during last year's 2013 tour.


NE Georgia Farm Tour from :a.d.linker on Vimeo.

Video by Food and Faces

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Compost Tea Workshop - April 27

Hey North Georgia Farmers,

Here's another great program coming up soon. Call Chuck to RSVP or for more information.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Local Opps for commercial agriculture workshop - April 24th

Hey Folks,
This should be a very interesting program. And the price is right. We encourage you to attend! 

It's coming up soon (in about two weeks) on April 24th. Locally Grown will be part of the discussion.


For more info e-mail
stevep@uga.edu


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Photos from Mill Gap Farm Tour

We had a great GMFN meeting on Monday, March 31st at Mill Gap Farm in Tiger, GA. Chuck and Amy Mashburn were our hosts for the Farm Tour portion of the evening. Then Jamie Allred and Jack Nolan, owners of the new FORTIFY restaurant in Clayton hosted our dinner. Georgia Organics was the sponsor for our meeting.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday March 31st, 2014 - GMFN farm tour and dinner

Hey GMFN Farmers,

This month's GMFN meeting requires an RSVP since we'll be eating dinner at Fortify after. There's still space so send an e-mail to soque@windstream.net if you'd like to attend. Dinner is a $20 pre-fixe dinner featuring food from all of our farms, reduced price for full-time farms and those who've attended a GMFN meeting before. If you have products you'd like to sell for the dinner please contact Jamie Allred (e-mail below). Plans are similar to most get-togethers with a few changes.

First we'll meet up at this Parking Lot in Clayton (check out the Google Map below - parking lot is marked PURPLE). We'll meet up for the carpool at exactly 3:45pm rather than at Mill Gap Farm (since parking is limited). We'll try and all pile in 5-6 vehicles for the <5 minute drive to Chuck and Amy Mashburn's farm (GREEN) which is right down the road.

Mill Gap Farm Tour will be from 4:00 to 5:30.
Then we'll hop back in our cars and head back to the parking lot (STILL PURPLE).
From there it's a short walk to FORTIFY RESTAURANT (RED).
Dinner will be begin around 6PM.
We'll have an hour long business meeting at 7PM. Here's the agenda.

  • Georgia Organics welcome
  • Northeast Georgia Food Bank on-going projects
  • GMFN is getting organized –update on board, bylaws
  • Locally Grown expanding to Gainesville in May - applied for USDA Grant 
  • Georgia Mountains Farm TOUR - tentatively set June 28-29


View Clayton Carpool to Mill Gap to Fortify in a larger map


CARPOOL

We'll have another carpool leaving from Clarkesville at exactly 3:15pm if anyone would like to cut 30 minutes out of their drive. We'll meet at the dirt parking lot directly across the street from the Clarkesville Library located at 178 East Green Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523.

Other details that might be helpful:
Mill Gap Farm address is: 63 Mill Gap Lane, Tiger, GA
FORTIFY address is: 69 North Main Street, Clayton, GA

DINNER
If you have produce, meats, etc. that you'd like to sell to Jamie for the dinner please send him a list of your available items and prices as soon as possible to spreadhead1975@panicstream.net

That way you can show off your stuff to the best chef around, and maybe help pay for your dinner!

If you have any other items you'd like for us to discuss at this or future GMFN meetings please let us know at soque@windstream.net.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you next week.


Justin Ellis
Organizer for 
Georgia Mountains Farmers Network






Monday, March 3, 2014

Georgia Mountains Farmers Network UPDATE - March 2nd, 2014



Georgia Mountains Farmers Network UPDATE - March 2nd, 2014


1) Next Meeting – Monday, March 31st – MILL GAP and FORTIFY
2) GMFN and the new Board / adopts Locally Grown as a program / applies for USDA Grant / finds Partner to Expand to Gainesville 
3) Certified Naturally Grown sign up period & free stuff
4) Georgia Mountains Farm Tour – Possible Dates


1) Next Meeting – Monday, March 31st – MILL GAP and FORTIFY
 

This is gonna be a really good GMFN meeting here coming up next. First we'll meet at Chuck and Amy Mashburn's place in Tiger, GA. Chuck is already famous around these parts, but many of you probably still haven't seen Mill Gap in person. Chuck and Amy grow a lot of really interesting things you don't see commonly on other farms, and in March they'll probably be a lot to see under row cover and in the high tunnel.

TOUR STARTS AT 4PM
There's limited parking so we may arrange some carpooling. 
Let us know if you're coming and what your bringing for the POTLUCK …….psyche!

This is the very first GMFN get-together that will NOT involve a potluck. That's because Georgia Organics is sponsoring our meeting and a very smart someone came up with the idea to have Jamie Allred introduce us to his new restaurant by having us over for a…..

PRE-FIXE DINNER at FORTIFY (5:30 to 6ish)
Every full-time farmer and farm that has attended a GMFN meeting (this is our 10th) will get priority reservations.
The first 25 farms will get one GRATIS dinner. If you'd like to bring a spouse or other farm hand (often same thing) then you can purchase a second dinner for $20. Is that cool or what? Thanks to Georgia Organics we're gonna eat our own food prepared by our regions best chef.

Never been to a GMFN meeting. This'd be a great one to come to. 

Send Reservations SOON! We may have to cap it if we get up to 50 or something.
Just e-mail me if you plan to come, and the names of anyone you'd like to bring (need a headcount).

RSVP by March 15th, latest and sooner is better.

As we always do, after dinner we'll have a GMFN BUSINESS MEETING. There's a lot going on that you can read details on below. Georgia Organics and the Northeast Georgia Food Bank will be our special guests.

GMFN AGENDA
1) Georgia Organics welcome
2) Northeast Georgia Food Bank on-going projects
3) GMFN is getting organized –update on board, bylaws
4) USDA Grant for Locally Grown (expanding to Gainesville)
5) The summer TOUR is coming



This meeting generously sponsored by 

 

2) GMFN and the new Board / adopts Locally Grown as a program / applies for USDA Grant / finds Partner to Expand to Gainesville 





The last couple months have been extremely busy for GMFN. After our very fascinating tour of the Wilbros Facility back in January we pulled the trigger on some things we've been talking about for a couple of years. Here's a quick summary.

1) GMFN became an officially incorporated organization (Bylaws Attached)
2) GMFN adopted Northeast Georgia Locally Grown as our primary program towards Cooperative Marketing
3) We applied for a USDA grant that would help us expand Locally Grown into the Gainesville Market

We'll give you a more detailed synopsis of each of these activities at the meeting but needless to say we're excited about developing a long-term relationship between Georgia Mountain Farmers and our nearest urban neighbors in Gainesville, and what we hope are a lot of customers for local sustainable food down there.

Just last Friday we locked in our Locational Partner for this expansion. I think everyone is gonna love the Northeast Georgia History Center. It's the kind of place you could only dream of for a long-term market location. It Rocks! Details on the expansion are in the attached PDF. 

3) Certified Naturally Grown sign up period – free stuff

 

Our good friends at Certified Naturally Grown (who helped us get our Network Started over the last two years) are currently accepting applications for new and renewing farms. We highly encourage you to consider a CNG certification. The costs are very low and we promise it will help you to network with other farmers, and insure your farm practices are the best they can be.

Members from the Georgia Farmers Network also get a joining bonus this year.

Bonus A) A free roll of 1,000 3/4" food-grade stickers or
Bonus B) A Farm Sign and a colorful Market Poster
See examples of marketing materials here.

To be eligible, just check out all their info and apply online  to CNG by March 15.



4) Georgia Mountains Farm Tour – Possible Dates
It's time to nail down our FARM TOUR dates for 2014. There's no way this won't be our best one yet, so let us know if you'd like to participate and what dates you are and are not available.

Our favorite DATE right now is June 28th!

Don't know what the farm tour is? Check out last year's brochure.



Thanks GUYS for being FARMERS!

Justin Ellis
Organizer for 
Georgia Mountains Farmers Network