Farm Bill Lunch and Learn Friday
by James Howell
Friday April 5 the Feastie Boys Food Truck will be parked on the King Street side of the Watauga County Cooperative Extension from 11-2 p.m.. Come grab a locally-sourced lunch, then head downstairs to the Agriculture Conference Center for a presentation beginning at noon on how the new Farm Bill Extension impacts farmers in the High Country.
The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). Jared Cates, CFSA Community Mobilizer, will provide an introduction to the farm bill and its history, and an explanation of the current extension and its effects on farmers, researchers and communities. The presentation, which begins at noon, should take about an hour with time for questions.
“Farm Bill legislation is very confusing,” said Kaitlyn Jongkind, BRWIA Board Member. “This event should help clear up some of the confusion and explain how national politics affect our local producers and consumers.”
Under the current Farm Bill extension, thirty-seven programs did not receive funding, including programs that support organic research and production, farmers markets, beginning farmers and rural communities.
Cates is uniquely qualified to explain how these cuts affect the High Country. A recent graduate of the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, he also attended Appalachian State University, earning bachelors degrees in both Political Science and Spanish. While he did not grow up on a farm, Cates’ family kept a large active garden.
His father was a long-time chef, and natural, organic foods was always a top priority in the Cates household. These days he enjoys spending time in his large urban organic garden in Durham, NC.
“We are privileged to have both Cates and Feastie Boys for this event,” Jongkind said.
Feastie Boys, owned and operated by two Boone locals, offers sandwiches, burgers and sides that incorporate ingredients from local farms. The Feastie Boys philosophy is to provide scratch-made feasts, both original and unique, using quality ingredients and a friendly delivery, at a fair price.
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