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Thank You!

For all of you who supported SustainFloyd during the last year a big thank you. We have been powered by your donations and by your willingness to volunteer and to show up for events. With a full agenda for 2016 we know that the firm foundation built by our community of friends will help us to make a difference.

Movie Time

Wednesday, March 2 marks the start of our Spring Film Series.

We start with an optimistic story of waste  management, Racing to Zero. What we though of as waste is not waste, it’s a resource. How can we make some local moves to make this true for us? Join us for the film at 6:30 or come early for dinner at 6:00. As usual we will have a lively community discussion. Donation at the door $5 for the film and a further $5 if you wish to join us for dinner.

SustainFloyd Hosts Local Food Discussion


On Thursday February 4th, SustainFloyd hosted a community potluck to gather people interested in developing Floyd's local food economy. It was held at Plenty!, our local food bank in Floyd,  and featured some great food and conversation, giveaways, short presentations from local food businesses and a facilitated discussion around questions of how to create a more dynamic local food economy in Floyd County.

This event attracted 85 people and SF consultant Mike Burton lead the discussion along with a team of volunteers.  Lydeana Martin and Jon Beegle represented County government and Tenley Weaver, Jonathan Vandergrift, Kat Johnson, Haden Polseno-Hensley, and Larry Bright also gave short presentations about their specific businesses operations. The group broke into 7 working groups from which was gathered much information from those assembled. SustainFloyd staffer Rhonda Womble has now organized and distributed the information to all who signed up. It's our hope to identify and prioritize a short list of core ideas which we will distribute to the all who are interested. Once all the gleaning has taken place we would focus on the what, how, who,  and where.

The importance of sustainable agriculture is being noted in many rural communities around the nation. It's taken soil biologists decades of work to learn the importance of soil health in supporting sustainable agricultural systems. Here in Floyd County we are seeing evidence of the value of producing high quality biologically grown nutritious food crops on small acreage and selling things into the urban markets. "We hope that one day Floyd will be known for local food and farming, as much as music and craft. Say's Mike Burton "and by working more closely as a group of producers and processers we can expand our reach and develop a Floyd Brand, something that would potentially benefit a broad spectrum of farmers/growers here.

If you wish to receive our report of the Floyd Growers Roundtable, please email Rhonda at: 

Voluntours (FLEX)

In March, some two dozen students and student leaders from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia will spend their spring break engaged in active learning as part of the Voluntours program offered by Via International. For a fourth year, SustainFloyd is responsible for arranging housing and for organizing and overseeing a full schedule of service-learning activities for these urban college students. 

This year's visit will take place between March 5 and 12. The week will expose these young people to Appalachian vitality and creative entrepreneurship of Floyd County and also promote an understanding of ways in which a community supports those in need. Housing and activities schedules are currently in the final stages of preparation.
Film Series Food Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering to help with food during our Film Series events, please click the Volunteer Button above.  Thank you!
Film Series
Spring 2016
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