The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has released a new guide entitled A Community and Local Government Guide to Developing Local Food Systems in North Carolina. The guide is intended to help communities and local governments realize the benefits of creating and supporting local food systems in their areas. In addition to economic development and job creation, these include better health outcomes due to increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, land and farmer preservation, and more.
The guide focuses on land use and planning issues that arise as elected officials, town managers, Cooperative Extension agents, and community leaders work together to establish local food systems in their communities.
The guide also provides guidance on collaborating for growth in local food systems, including advice on creating a local food policy council, conducting a local food systems assessment, and incorporating local food systems into economic development strategies.
Tickets are on sale for the 2013 Farm to Fork Picnic being held Sunday June 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the PLANT @ Breeze Farm Enterprise Incubator near Hurdle Mills. The popular event, which pairs local farmers with Triangle area chefs, has been called “the country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.
The Farm to Fork Picnic is co-hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Friends of Breeze Farm, Slow Food Triangle and the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc.
To purchase tickets, visit the website: www.farmtoforknc.com.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
3:00pm until 6:00pm
It's Thanksgiving in Spring!
Durham's Table invites you to a community-driven event at which we can share food, talent, stories, music and ventures.
Partnering with Marry Durham, this FIRST FAMILY DINNER will be the longest dinner table and potluck ever in downtown Durham's Old Five Points.
Calling all Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Performers, Residents, and Families!
Durham's Table invites you to a community-driven event at which we can share food, talent, stories, music and ventures. A DIY event, we encourage participants to bring their own Table, Utensils, Chairs, Instruments, Flyers for Businesses, and Food, Food, Food! The City of Durham is our host and will serve food that we bring -- the rest is all up to us!
We are shutting down a block of Mangum street between Corporation and Broadway. Set-up is 2:30pm and traffic starts back up at 6:00pm.
It's your block--let's share our talents, our hearts and our community.
WHAT WILL *YOU* BRING TO THE TABLE?
(electricity will not be available--acoustic music is encouraged unless you--BYO Generator!)
Join other sponsors such as Fullsteam Brewery. In case of rain, the event will be relocated to Fullsteam.
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This Event was Quite a Success! Over 670 attendees filled the Block!!
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Instead of giving your tax dollars to Uncle Sam to spend it on what they want, wouldn't you rather have the choice to spend it on a community solar project that would be equivalent to removing 48,000 lbs of coal, 80,000 car miles , 81,000 lbs of Carbon Dioxide, or equal to planting 947 trees annually!! If so, read on about how to make this possible locally by joining together with others in an LLC
I went to a community solar workshop on Saturday at Pickards Mountain Eco-institute and learned about how any interested group can form an LLC and buy a solar array for their favorite non-profit and in turn they can right off the donation on their taxes and eventually recoup all of their money.
This year may be the last chance to get this tax credit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So act now!
To clarify, the only people that would benefit from buying solar in this scheme are individuals who pay income taxes. For example, in the Community Solar Project at Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute, the LLC they are forming would buy the $130K array for PMEI and @ approximately 7 years the members would get paid back what they put in through tax credits and depreciation. Once this initial cost has been paid back to the LLC members, they donate the system to PMEI and get a tax break for a charitable donation. Then PMEI gets the income from panels for their remaining life (~20 yrs) by selling electricity to the energy company. This LLC model would be comprised of 30 members that could purchase 1 or more shares at roughly $3300 to buy the 41.5 Kw PV system.
It is a great option for individuals who would rather give their tax dollars in one lump sum to something they believe in, instead of just handing the same amount of $$ over 5 years to the IRS and state people. The Appalachian Institute of Renewable Energy can also manage these types of projects since they have developed the model already (the system has to be at least 20kW for them to be directly involved). The LLC would just have to find the people to commit their money to the cause. Since most individuals don't have time to set these things up themselves, it is nice that there are "community solar project" opportunities like the one at PMEI for people to buy into so they can see their tax dollars go to work for a cause they believe in. If you or anyone else wants to be involved in such a project at PMEI, or wants to set up a model like this for another non-profit, please contact them at http://pickardsmountain.org and they can give you more details!!
Most importantly, contributing to a project like this has impressive environmental impacts that you will be fighting directly. It is a no brainer since you won't be losing anything, you will have to give Uncle Sam that money one way or another, so why not spend it on something you believe in!!! Start voting with your dollar and your fork!