Growing the Future: Support LOCAL

Good News! Every dollar you give in support of SustainFloyd’s community-based projects brings THREE dollars  to support local farmers, school lunches, educational programs and more!

This matching offer gives each of us leverage towards better diets and nutrition, better understanding of our relationship to the land, and a stronger, healthier community.

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As a non-profit organization, SustainFloyd depends on donations to keep our community services going strong. Your contribution will help us support the Floyd Farmers Market, fund extra SNAP benefits for low income Market shoppers, offer farm workshops, fund the SustainFloyd Film Series, and partner in the Farm to School program.

SustainFloyd has recently been given an incredible opportunity — a donor who grew up in Floyd has stepped forward and offered to match $3 for every $1 raised up to $50,000! It is a resounding show of support for our mission and one we cannot ignore.

We need to raise $17,000 to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity and meet our 2014 commitments to these Floyd programs. Please consider supporting these SustainFloyd services.



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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Thank you for letting us know about this! I went to SustainFloyd’s web site from the link on your blog and donated. I hope that SustainFloyd will be sending an email to those on their email address list, as well.