Land’s Sake: This SATURDAY!

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 their  future for the better.

There will be some 40 vendors present, Offering information, advice, and education. There will be plenty  of local food to eat, provided by  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       FLOYD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Doors Open - Come to have a cup of good coffee and chat with the experts before presentations begin!

10:00 – 10:45      FRED FIRST, “A Sense of Place” and RICKY COX, “Our Appalachian Farming Heritage”

11:00 – 11:45      BARBARA PLEASANT, “Putting Down True Roots: Growing Your Own Food Organically in Floyd County.”  Barbara writes for Mother Earth News and The Herb Companion Magazine.

11:45 – 12:00      ESSAYS – “This Land is Our Land” – Winners of the Student Essay Contest will read their essays

12:00 – 12:45      LUNCH – Local food, Expositions, Demonstrations, Slideshows, Posters and Conversations

12:45 – 1:15        LYDEANA MARTIN and Land Planning in Floyd County

1:30 – 2:30+      MIKE BURTON discusses  SUSTAINFLOYD initiatives and introduces a Panel of Farmers including MARK SOWERS, POLLY HEISER, JOHN PAUL HOUSTON, and TENLEY WEAVER who will  discuss Floyd  County farming challenges and opportunities.

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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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