Don’t let the rainy weather scare you off on Saturday. What better place to be than holding a warm cup of locally ground, free trade coffee (extremely reasonably priced if you bring your own cup), meeting new people, learning about new products and services that originate right here in Floyd County, and coming away with a changed view of your County country or planet and how you can change theirÂ future for the better.
There will be some 40 vendors present, Offering information, advice, and education. There will be plentyÂ of local food to eat, provided byÂ Floyd merchants and producers and civic organizations. And at lunch time, students with winning essays will read their creative works and receive their prizes.
9:30 — 10:00 Â Â Â FLOYD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Doors Open -Â Come to have a cup of good coffee and chat with the experts before presentations begin!
10:00 – 10:45 Â Â Â FRED FIRST, “A Sense of Place” andÂ RICKY COX, “Our Appalachian Farming Heritage”
11:00 – 11:45 Â Â Â BARBARA PLEASANT, “Putting Down True Roots: Growing Your Own Food Organically in Floyd County.”Â Barbara writes forÂ Mother Earth News andÂ The Herb Companion Magazine.
11:45 – 12:00 Â Â Â ESSAYS – “This Land is Our Land” – Winners of the Student Essay Contest will read their essays
12:00 – 12:45 Â Â Â LUNCH – Local food, Expositions, Demonstrations, Slideshows, Posters and Conversations
12:45 – 1:15 Â Â Â Â LYDEANA MARTIN and Land Planning in Floyd County
1:30 – 2:30+ Â Â Â MIKE BURTON discussesÂ SUSTAINFLOYD initiatives and introduces aÂ Panel of Farmers includingÂ MARK SOWERS, POLLY HEISER, JOHN PAUL HOUSTON, and TENLEY WEAVER who willÂ discuss FloydÂ County farming challenges and opportunities.