On October 19th, local heirloom seed savers and worker-owned co-operative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will be hosting a Young Farmer’s Mixer to facilitate an enriching community building experience, provide networking opportunities and have fun. We want to provide young farmers and young farmer recruits with access to examples of financially viable business models for new farms, homesteading resources and land link organizations. We also want to facilitate connections between landowners who want their land in cultivation and land-less farmers. There will be opportunity to link farmers with food justice organizations and illustrate how food justice activism can play into a small farm business.
The event will begin with a tour of Southern Exposure’s seed and trial gardens and a demonstrative seed-saving workshop. The day will end with our second annual Fall Festival complete with dancing, home-grown music, apple folk tales, food, drink and good spirit. If interested, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you’d like to bring for the potluck!”
4:00 – Tour of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange trial and seed gardens
5:00 – Seed saving demonstration
6:00 – Dinner, keynote speaker, young farmer networking session
7:30 – Apple folk tales and music from Diane Cluck
8:30 – Music and dancing and merriment!
Come mingle with landowners, food activists, local sustainable agricultural organizations (including Tricycle Gardens, Twin Oaks Seeds, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF), Blue Ridge Permaculture Network) and of course, young, beginning and aspiring farmers!
From Richmond: Take I-64W to Exit 159. Turn right onto US-522/Cross Country Road, continue ~7 miles. Take a left onto 629/Cartersville Rd. Take 1st right onto 640/East Old mountain. After ~2 miles, stay left on East Old Mountain, turn right onto 699/Indian Creek Rd.
From Charlottesville: Take I-64E to Exit 148. Turn left onto 605/Shannon Hill Rd. After 3.5 miles, take a sharp right onto 640/East Old Mountain. Left on 699/Indian Creek Rd.
Acorn is one of the first driveways on Indian Creek Road on the left. There is a large greenhouse at the front of the property.