Monday, March 7th, 2011

Land’s Sake! Floyd’s Journey Ahead

Hi Everyone! Partnership for Floyd is sponsoring “Land’s Sake! Floyd’s Journey Ahead” on April 16. Mark your calendar and come to participate! We are still in the planning stage and want you to join us.
This FREE event will take place on April 16th at the Floyd County High School from 9:30am to 3:00 pm. Partnership for Floyd is seeking individuals, businesses and organizations to share ideas about our land – how to use it, preserve it, protect it, and better understand our relationship to it. This is an opportunity for your business or organization to present information on agriculture, our natural resources, local products, energy efficiency, and more. Bring your pamphlets, displays, brochures, samples, etc. Each participant should provide their own table and chairs – plan on a 10×10 space.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Karin Grosshans at (540)239-0375 or Lynn Carden at (757)355-0010 or email Jane Cundiff at PartnershipForFloyd@gmail.com. See http://is.gd/o3bE3j for more details.

EVENT SCHEDULE
8:00 – 9:00 set up / 9:30 open doors – Come early to have a cup of coffee and chat with the experts!
ALL DAY
LOCAL FOOD & Drinks: Exceptional coffee & tea at a great price, especially if you bring your own cup. Locally made snacks, brunch and lunch items available all day.
Experts: from all areas of agriculture and natural resources ready to answer questions
Table displays: presenting information, posters, pamphlets, samples and demonstrations of local products and services. There are local businesses, organizations and individuals that contribute to a healthy future for Nature, Agriculture, Environment or Energy use in Floyd.
Essay and Poster Contest: On exhibit: This Land is Our Land Student posters and essays about their connection with local nature and agriculture and how to preserve it for their grandchildren. (Get your kids to join in and create- there will be prizes! – more info on the website http://is.gd/o3bE3j )
Seed and Plant exchange: Bring them in small exchangeable containers, well labeled with variety and source, home-grown or extras from a company.

AUDITORIUM PRESENTATIONS
10:00 – 10:45 Fred First opens with a Floyd Slide Show – A Sense of Place, followed by Ricky Cox on Our Appalachian Heritage and Our Duty to Preserve It. Both are professors, writers and story tellers of Floyd County and will be available after their talks and during lunch at their tables to sell & sign books and answer questions.

11:00 – 11:45 Barbara Pleasant offers “Putting Down True Roots: Growing Your Own Food in Floyd County.” She is author of several books on organic gardening and composting, writes for Mother Earth News and The Herb Companion Magazine. A speaker all around the country, she has recently moved to Floyd! Available at her table to sell & sign books and answer questions after her talk. see more about Barbara at http://www.barbarapleasant.com/
11:45 – 12:00 Winners of the Student Essay Contest will read their essays. “This Land is Our Land”

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch, Local food, Expositions, Demonstrations, Slideshows, Conversation and posters-essays. Lots of folks to visit—from Extension agents and soil testers to organic farmers and Bee keepers. Experts available at tables to chat, present or demonstrate what they have to offer Floyd that will improve the future of Nature and Agriculture on our land. Local youth will also have essays to read and posters to show you what they have learned about how to protect the land they love. Food and drink offered will be as local as we can get with as little waste as possible.

12:45 – 1:15 Lydeana Martin and Land Planning in Floyd County. Also available afterward with a table for conversation, copies of the county plan and some maps.

1:30 – 2:30+ Problems and Successes in the Lives of Floyd Farmers. Mike Burton explains the purpose and direction of SustainFloyd and introduces a PANEL OF LOCAL FARMERS to include some of our best. All will be available afterwards for more conversation.