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Leslie Lytle to serve as Interim President

The Board of Directors met for the first time after the annual meeting this past week and one item on the agenda was to select officers for the year. Leslie Lytle agreed to act as interim president for the organization while the board searches for a new president. Thank you Leslie!  Lydia Boroughs will continue to act as the treasurer, and Jess Wilson will act as secretary. (We are not sure what happened to the vice president and will let you know if he or she turns up.) 
 

Gardening Event Summary

Barbara Camm went to last week's Gardening Event on Cover Crops at Grundy County Extension and has the following summary and resources to pass along:

March 8 - Cover Crop Options for Vegetable Gardens with Mike Hubbs, TACD Soil Health Specialist

Mike was an NRCS Agronomist with Soil Quality Institute 1996 - 2004. He also received Masters from Auburn University in Agronomy and Soils with emphasis on Soil Health. Mike was on the original Soil Health Team that developed the soil health initiative within the agency. He was also the Director of Ecological Sciences Division and Financial Assistance Division, so he has a thorough understanding of technical and financial assistance. Mike retired from NRCS in 2013 after nearly 36 years.

Mike presented a no-till system.  The idea is to never leave the soil bare.  Based on your soil test, you select a variety of cover crops that will add the needed nutrients to your soil.  Here is a chart to help you. 

Plant the cover crops and get them established before you harvest your crop as explained in this video. 

In the spring you do not mow the cover crop.  Rather, you roll it down flat on the ground and plant your seedlings in the green mat left by the cover crop as seen here.

Market News

Cove Creek Farm in Tracy City has GMO free, pasture raised, pork for sale this week!

Summer Fields in Monteagle has a variety of cuts of grass fed Gulf Coast Native lamb for sale just in time for Easter.

White City Produce in Tracy City says: Spring CSA shares are still available through March 30th.  Our Summer/Fall registration ends April 25th.  All of our CSA shares will include a Welcome Membership Package which includes information on canning, storing fresh produce, seasonality of fresh vegetables, and our "How to" fresh herb guide.

Linda Reed from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse in Hillsboro says, "Are you looking for something different for the Easter baskets this year? Check out the Easter herb baskets, Easter egg planters, and succulent planters from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. A single herb plant would also make a nice addition to a gardener's basket. Let me know if it will be a gift and I will foil wrap it for you at no additional charge."

Farmer Brown's in Morrison has Ezekiel bread and Micro-greens available. Their big news is the addition of potted herbs - priced to sell. Check them out. Lettuce is in short supply this week.

Lastly, for all you people that think ahead, this is a good week to order extra eggs for coloring!

Click here to sign in and place your order. (between Saturday at 5 pm and Monday at 10 am).
The South Cumberland Farmer's Market and the South Cumberland Food Hub are divisions of Rooted Here, located in Sewanee, Tenn., an organization of farmers, artisans, and agricultural producers who work together to facilitate and expand the sale of local products; provide education, services, and support to farmers and consumers; and lay the groundwork for a just, equitable, and sustainable local food economy.

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