Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Global Reach, Local Focus

Locavore Listing List

Rural Resources can be found on a multitude of mobile applications and online listings centered around local farms and businesses. We decided to make a comprehensive list of all the places we can be found. While browsing through the listings list, perhaps you'll be inspired to list your own businesses and farms.


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Grazing Club Pasture Walk



The Four Seasons Grazing Club convened Tuesday at Graysburg Hills Farm to see how owners Richard Spain and Michelle Bradley have set themselves up to feed livestock with only grass throughout the winter.

Greg Brann, Michelle Bradley & Richard Spain
Michael McElroy
District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service Michael McElroy and NRCS Grazing Specialist Greg Brann were on hand to help guests through the particulars of executing this way of feeding livestock on their own farms. Roger McBride with McBride Fencing Innovations also gave a presentation about his patented fence design.

Digging for worm castings, a sign of healthy soil

If you missed it, be sure to check our events page for any upcoming Four Season Grazing Club meetings. We'll see you next time!

Annual Teen Appreciation Dinner

"Cultivating Youth for Tomorrow"

Rural Resources wrapped up this year's Farm & Food Teen Training Program with a delightful celebration in honor of all who participate and help make the program possible. Debbie Strickland, our farm & food teen training program coordinator, hosted the evening at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greeneville on Dec. 3. Stickland introduced each of the program groups, which are Catastrophic Kitchen — Chicken Nuggets, Food Commanders, Silent Farmers and "THE" Group. Each team took turns giving speeches about what they have accomplished throughout the year. Strickland also announced that some students have applied for Berea College. Rural Resources wishes all the teens the best in their futures.



Catastrophic Kitchen — Chicken Nuggets

Food Commanders

Silent Farmers

"THE" Group



Strickland asked the Food Commanders to cater the dinner. Why? 
Because they won a recent Teen Chopped event with their delicious chicken alfredo. 

In addition to the pasta, teens prepared a salad with local greens and peach vinaigrette. The meal was served with a side of garlic bread. For dessert, there was a spiced applesauce cake. See the menu below for a list of local farms from which the food was sourced.



All of us here at Rural Resources want to say "Thank you" 
to all who help make our organization successful. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Farm Volunteer Work Day

Rural Resources' 

Farm Volunteer Work Day

Staff and volunteers came together on Nov. 21 to get some much needed work done around the farm in preparation of winter. The City of Tusculum recently dropped off some disgarded leaves for us to use for various purposes around the farm.

During the volunteer work day, our pigs were showered with leaves. We use them for bedding.

Don't miss the next chance to volunteer at the Rural Resources farm. 
Be sure to check our events page frequently.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Food, Friends and Fun!

Thursday, August 27 wrapped up the 2015 Seasonal Supper events at Holly Creek Farm, with food, friends, fun and live music! Thanks to John Brown, Jon Moore, Kevin Wilder, and Rural,Resources' own Paul Scala and Ava Gryphon for the music!

The free Community Pot Luck Dinner is an annual summer celebration of local food,  local music and favorite recipes. Follow our Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter to be sure not to miss any Rural Resources dinners, workshops and other events!

Check out the Fun!

Photos and Premier Clip production: Lorelei Goff

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: Little Sprouts!

It's a rainy day here in Greene County, but the smiles on the faces of these Little Sprouts are "like sunshine on a cloudy day!" 

Rural Resources' unique learning opportunity for children in Greene County and surrounding East Tennessee combines food, farming and fun for a one-of-a-kind summer day camp experience. Children from preschool to the sixth grade spend a week on the farm with area teachers and Rural Resources staff, for lots of hands-on learning about food, farming, sustainability and, of course, summer fun! Registration begins in spring, with sessions running from June through July. Check out our website, rural, or contact us at for more information about Farm Day Camp, our teen programs, farming workshops and other events.

So now, sit back, relax for a minute and enjoy our Throw Back Thursday highlights from Rural Resources Farm Day Camp for

Little Sprouts! Sessions 1 & 3

Photos and PremierClip prodution: Lorelei Goff

Friday, July 31, 2015

Food and Fun at the Farm

An estimated 200 people turned out for the 2015 Annual Community Cookout at Rural Resources' Holly Creek Farm last night. Folks enjoyed lots of locally grown food, fun and live music by local guitarist Russell Odell. Click on the link below to see highlights of the fun!

Find us on Facebook or check out our website, rural, for upcoming family and farming events!

PremierClip production and photos: Lorelei Goff

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gross! Camp

  Rural Resources' second session of the 2015 Farm Day Camp  wrapped up on Friday with "Gross! Camp." First through 3rd-graders spent the week learning about bugs, dirt, worms, poop, pigs, wallowing in the mud, snakes, and even cow farts! They smelled, tasted, looked at and touched all manner of gross things. They enjoyed lots of traditional Farm Day Camp fun, too, like playing in the creek and milking the cow. Click on the video below to see some of the fun!

Soundslide Production: Lorelei Goff
Photos: Emily Greenier and Lorelei Goff
Music: Heftone Banjo Orchestra via Creative Commons Music

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Farm Day Camp: Little Sprouts!

 The 2015 Farm Day Camp sessions have begun! Summer camp season kicked off June 1-5 with a flock of Rural Resources' Little Sprouts campers frolicking in Holly Creek and learning about farming, food and sustainability. The week provided 4- and 5-year-olds with abundant opportunities for exercise in the farm-fresh air and sunshine, crafts, planting seeds and an all around good time! Take a look at some of their summer fun below. There is still time to register for the second Little Sprouts session next week. Click here to go to the link.


Craft Time

Feeding Time!

The Garden!


 The Creek!

Happy Campers!

Photos: Lorelei Goff