Folks arriving for the blessing of the land on April 23, 2015.
Last night, Rural Resources' staff, volunteers, board members and supporters gathered on the grounds of Holly Creek Farm to bless the land and celebrate moving forward with the construction of a new facility.
As you may remember from an earlier post, the Rural Resources staff have been working out of a small trailer, without indoor plumbing, since a fire destroyed the building in 2009. Thanks to funding from the USDA and generous private donors, a new building is in the works! Greeneville architect David Wright designed the new facility pro bono and the groundbreaking was celebrated last Wednesday.
Thursday evening's land blessing was offered by Dr. Dan Donaldson of First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville. Other speakers included Rural Resources' Executive Director Sally Causey, Board Chair Joyce Doughty and Meredith Clebsch, land director of the Foothills Land Conservancy.
Burgers, from locally-raised beef, sizzled on the grill and there was an abundance of tossed salad from the Holly Creek Garden. Cole slaw, potato salad and a scrumptious cake created by Rural Resources' Farm and Food Teen Training Coordinator Debbie Strickland rounded out the menu.
Cherokee musician and artisan Danny Bigay provided a unique musical experience for the evening, with traditional style melodies played on handcrafted rivercane flutes.
A great time was had by all!!!
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