Why Save Seed?

Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns. Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe.

[…]

Fertilizer Calculator

Thanks to Don and Michelle Pridgen for this resource. The fertilizer calculator helps growers determine how much Lime, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or Potassium to apply to the land based on soil tests. It features Harmony Organic Fertilizer, available from Seven Springs Farm in Check, VA (just outside of Floyd, VA).

Pre-Season Vendor Meeting April 6, 2018

Have you thought about becoming a vendor at the Farmers Market? Here’s your chance to join returning vendors and find out about the coming season and enjoy a potluck lunch. We will meet at Skyline Bank  Conference Center in the Guynn Shopping center, next to Food City. 1) IF you plan to sell any kind of[…]

On-Line Media Workshop and Pre-Season Vendor Meeting, April 8th

  The Independence Farmers Market will host an On-line Media workshop Friday April 8th from 10:30 to 11:45 in the auditorium of the 1908 Courthouse.  Learn how to best use Facebook to promote your business.  To get the most out of the training, please bring your computer. The workshop is free and open to the[…]

Some Information from the SSAWG Conference

The Organic Vegetable Farm tour went to Elmwood Stock Farm. A 550 acre certified organic farm that features both livestock and crops. Most of the acreage is in pasture with crops on about 75 acres.  They produce feed for their animals which include 80 cows, sheep, laying hens and broilers and turkeys.  The key to[…]

JOIN THE FARMERS MARKET TEAM-WE ARE HIRING!

Friends of the Market, Not only can you shop the On-line this fall and winter, you can help run it!  We are hiring a part-time On-line Market Coordinator.  Here are the details: Independence Farmers Market — Online Market Coordinator Position This is a part time position requiring approximately 10 hours per week for a total[…]

Marketing & Pricing Workshop

It’s workshop season. The 1st FREE IFM workshop is Saturday March 28th from 8:30 am to noon at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center. We’re focusing on marketing and pricing your products, whether it’s vegetables, meats, eggs or artisan crafts. Mandy Archer with the Small Business Development Center at Cross Roads is our featured speaker.[…]