Chamber Chat - Farm-City Week 2018

Nov 25

By Meg Moss

 

Thanksgiving season is a time that many Americans gather with their families and reflect upon many blessings. One of those blessings is a nutritious and diverse food supply produced by our farmers.

 

National Farm City Week is always the week before Thanksgiving. It is the perfect time of year to stop and think about where your food comes from. North Carolina farmers work tirelessly to produce an abundance of food. 

 

Farm City Week is celebrated by agricultural organizations and other community groups across the country.  And our community is no different. The Broadway Town Commissioners, Lee County Commissioners, and the Sanford City Council all made proclamations of Farm City Week. The NC-Cooperative Extension office in Lee County held a 4-H Art Contest, and a 4-H and Adult Photography Contest. And on December 5th at 11:45 am, the Cooperative Extension will host the Farm City Ladies Luncheon. This year’s speaker will be Scott Mason, host of the Tar Heel Traveler. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at the Extension Center.

 

This past Monday was Lee County’s Farm City Week Banquet, where attendees heard a presentation on the importance of agritourism from Annie Baggett, the Agritourism Marketing Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In her presentation, she asked, “Why agritourism?” Her response resonated with me, because it’s so similar to what the Sanford Area Growth Alliance is doing. Baggett indicated that Agritourism means economic development, community vibrancy, and jobs.

 

At the Lee County Banquet, the Cameron Family was awarded the 2018 Conservation Farm Family Award, Charles and Martha Oldham were awarded the Farm Enterprise Award, and Cecil and Faye Cameron received the Friend of Agriculture Award.

 

First declared by congressional resolution in 1956, Farm City Week recognizes that farms are a necessary precondition for town life and urbanization. As Daniel Webster noted in 1840, “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers are therefore the founders of human civilization.”

 

It is a week to express appreciation for the beneficial partnerships between rural and urban communities. Farmers rely on essential partnerships with urban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the world. Consumer purchases, in turn, make sustainable farm enterprise possible.

 

Foods, fibers and renewable fuels are available to us because of the daily relationships among farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers. The collective efforts by these members of our society provide a wholesome diet for everyone.

 

Farmers work hard to provide a nutritious, abundant food supply here in Lee County and around the world. They are true stewards of the land.

 

I hope that while you enjoyed your friends, family, turkey and fixins’ this Thanksgiving – that you gave thanks to all those who play a major role in our agricultural community, and in our economy. And as we list what we were thankful for, I hope that you will continue to think of our farmers, ranchers, growers, distributors and retailers – and recognize the incredible contributions they make to the health and strength of this country we all love. #FarmCityWeek



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