LOGAN — Grow Appalachia, in conjunction with Step by Step West Virginia and the LEAD Community Organization, will host an organic farmer’s market at the Logan County Arts and Crafts Fair Aug. 7.
Grow Appalachia has been in Logan County for two years and it is funded through a grant provided by the hair care company, Paul Mitchell. The organization provides anyone interested in starting a home garden with the necessary sundries (hoes, shovels and seeds etc…) to do so. The organization also provides educational workshops on subjects from growing and tending crops to preserving food by canning and dehydrating. Grow Appalachia has two offices in the Logan area: there is an office in Big Ugly and at the LEAD Community Organization’s office at Cora. Bea Sias, with Grow Appalachia, added the two locations helped local farmers to produce over 15,000 pounds of locally grown food in 2014.
Bea Sias, with Grow Appalachia, explained the program by saying, “It’s teaching people to live healthy and eat healthy. Everything is organic. There are no pesticides or anything like that in food.”
Farmers who have been involved with Grow Appalachia will have a chance to sell their produce at a farmer’s market that will be held at the Logan County Arts and Crafts Fair Aug. 7. Everything available for purchase at the arts and crafts fair will be organic, and the home gardeners will get to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their goods. “Please stop by the arts and crafts fair and help the farmers,” added Sias.
Anyone interested in participating in Grow Appalachia can contact Bea Sias at the LEAD Community Organization office at 304-896-5000. Grow Appalachia will be taking applications to participate in the 2016 next February.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]