The public is invited to attend Rural Resources Annual Meeting and Dinner on April 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Holly Creek Farm. Guests will be able to tour the new Farm & Food Learning Center, currently under construction, and see the progress on the Farm and Food Teen Training program’s spring garden.
“Everyone is invited to come to visit the farm and see our progress,” said Rural Resources Executive Director Sally Causey. “We will have a sustainably built, energy efficient Learning Center.”
The event will include a hamburger dinner featuring local beef, salad from the farm and homemade ice cream. The cost for the dinner is $8 per person and $4 for children under the age of 10.
The Farm & Food Learning Center will provide space for programs, community workshops, offices and a commercial kitchen. The Rural Resources staff has been working out of a small trailer, without indoor plumbing, since a fire destroyed the building in 2009. Youth programs have been held in out buildings and a Pavilion donated by the Rotary Club. Thanks to funding from the USDA, the Appalachian Regional Commission and many other generous donors, progress on the learning center is continuing.
“The teens in our Farm & Food Teen Training program will be able to prepare and preserve the food they grow on-site and be able to build sustainable farm- and food-related businesses,” said Causey. “Farm Day Campers won’t have to use the outhouse anymore and students coming for field trips will have expanded offerings. There is no doubt that this facility will be a game-changer for hands-on learning opportunities for years to come.”
Holly Creek Farm is located at 2870 Holly Creek Rd, Greeneville. For more information call Rural Resources at 423-636-8171 or visit our website at ruralresources.net.
Rural Resources is nonprofit working to connect farms, food and families through community education, youth programs and sustainable agriculture.