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ALLIANCE OF SUSTAINABLE FARMS FIELD DAY: FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

ALLIANCE Field Day 

Tour and Demonstrations: Pastured Poultry, Eggs, Pork, and Beef; and Pecan Orchard 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Registration: 10:00am – Program: 10:30am to 2:30pm 

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SWEET GRASS PASTURES  

(Lucedale, Mississippi)

This event will be hosted by Sweet Grass Pastures in Lucedale, MS.  Major topics will include: pastured poultry, eggs, pork, beef, and their pecan orchard.  Demonstrations and tours will include their pecan orchard, mobile chicken coop, setting up mobile hog fencing, and much more.  
 
This family owned farm began operations in 2014.  The Scott family thinks of themselves as, farmers of the soil.  Their goal is to have healthy living breathing soil full of microorganims and worms.  These organisms are responsible for keeping healthy nutrients available for the grass and healthy grasses make healthy livestock.  They do this by “rotational grazing” or rotating their animals.  The movement of the animals mimics mother nature and assures that the nutrients the animals eat from the grasses are spread back onto the pasture in an organized way.
 
At Sweet Grass Pastures their animals are raised 100% free of GMOs, antibiotics, vaccines, and steroids.  They also believe that an animal that lives as mother nature intended will always produce the healthiest best tasting product.  That is why all their chickens, hogs, and cows are raised naturally outside without confinement. 
 
A small dream has slowly become a small reality, and with a little hard work and hope the Scott family believes they can truly provide Mississippi with a healthy affordable alternative.  Everyone is encouraged to visit their website and Facebook page, join their buying club, and visit the farm.
 
REGISTRATION: 10:00AM.  PROGRAM: 10:30AM TO 2:30PM
 
There is NO COST to attend this event, but PRE-REGISTRATION is required! 
TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: keithmdp@yahoo.com  

 

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO SWEET GRASS PASTURES

Sweet Grass Pastures is located at 1128 Wayne Lee Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.  FROM NORTH: Take Highway 49S from Jackson MS all the way down to Hattiesburg, MS.  From Hattiesburg take Highway 98E Towards Mobile/Lucedale for about an hour.  After that you will take the Highway 63S Exit.  Wayne Lee Rd will be on the left after about 7 miles down Highway 63.  Once on Wayne Lee Rd you will follow it down to the very end until it turns into a dirt road.  This will be the farm.  You will pass a house on the left and a house the right, and the farm tour will be past this house through the double gates (not into the pecan orchard but out onto the pasture).  FROM NORTH: You can also take Hwy 45S all the way down to Hwy 57S which will turn into Hwy 63.  FROM SOUTH: You can come up from I10 down along the coast.  Take the 69 Exit onto Hwy 63N and drive north for about 30 minutes.  You will be about 5 minutes from Wayne Lee Road once you pass into George County.  Contact: Nathan Scott/Owner at #601-508-9986, for help with directions.  TO REGISTER EMAIL: keithmdp@yahoo.com(Pre-registration is required) 

 

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Mississippi State University Extension Service

Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Alcorn State University Extension Program

University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce

Mississippi Department of Education

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Save the Date! January 13, 2017

Please join the Mississippi Food Policy Council for our first quarterly meeting of 2017!

Date:  January 13, 2017

Location:  Mississippi State University, Bost Auditorium

Time:  11:00 a.m.

Special Speaker, Dr. Samina Raja, will present “Building Food Systems from the Ground Up.”

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Judy Belue at jwbelue1@gmail.com

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MFPC Quarterly Meeting Notice

The Mississippi Food Policy Council invites everyone to attend our quarterly meeting set for October 14 from 11 am – 2 pm.  The meeting will be held at the MSU CAVS Center in Canton.

We will host three presentations:

Chance McDavid, Mississippi State University  – Statewide Local Food Meetups

Keith Benson, Founder and Director of the Alliance for Sustainable Ag Production – New Food Safety certification for small to medium size producers in partnership with MSU

Dorothy Grady Scarbrough, co-lead for MS Farm to School Network – highlights and updates on healthier food for students statewide.

 

Lunch will be provided for a small donation.

Please RSVP to Henry Fuller at  hfuller@mbk-inc.org

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Mark Your Calendar!

Mississippi Food Policy Council Winter Annual Meeting This Friday!

 January 8th ᐧ 11am-1pm

Open to all – Join if you’re interested!

Lunch Provided ($5 donation requested)

@ MSU CAVS Extension Center – 153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton, MS 39046

RSVP Shamir Lee at slee@mbk-inc.org or by phone at (601) 957-7710

Click on the link below to view the flyer:

Mississippi Food Policy Council

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