GAP Training

Farmers Gather to Learn About Food Safety

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On Monday, February 7th, growers, Rural Action staff, AmeriCorps members, and other interested parties all gathered together at the Triple Nickel Diner in Chesterhill for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training. The training session, hosted by Tiffany Harvey of Ohio University, included information on food safety as well as the requirements and documentation necessary for a farm to attain GAP certification. This certification ensures that a farm is sticking to food safety standards aimed at ...
Ciaran and Dora

Welcome Ciaran and Dora!

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Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture is once again welcoming new members to our team! As AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs), these members have a focus on alleviating poverty and building capacity in Appalachian Ohio through service in farm to school programs, the Chesterhill Produce Auction, and more. Join us in giving a warm welcome to Community Resources VISTA Ciaran Lyons and Farm to School VISTA Dora Rodriguez! Meet our new Community Resource VISTA, Ciaran ...

Follow the Food: West End Ciderhouse

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“Follow the Food” highlights the journey that produce takes from the auction floor to homes, restaurants, healthcare providers, colleges, and hungry mouths across the region. From the ornate main bar and the relaxed atmosphere of the red brick patio out back, West End Ciderhouse has been serving locally crafted hard ciders and cocktails since opening in 2014. The brainchild of Kelly Sauber, owner of Fifth Element Distillery in Meigs County, and his partner Deanna Schwartz, ...
Fruit for sale at the Wagner's Fruit Farm stand at Athens Farmers Market

Grower Spotlight – Wagner’s Fruit Farm

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“Grower Spotlight” gives customers and consumers of the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) a chance to get to know the farmers that sell their products at the auction. On an unusually warm afternoon in early October, I found myself bouncing around in the passenger seat of a utility vehicle making its way around Wagner’s Fruit Farm in Waterford, Ohio. I had been working with the farm’s owner, Eric Wagner, for the past month in preparation for ...

Holiday Bundles are Back!!

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Last year we had to cancel our Holiday Auction and in its place, we put together excellent Holiday Bundles to help support our local producers and craftspeople. This year we are able to hold our Holiday Auction on December 11th, which will feature handcrafted wood products, livestock, baked goods, and festive gifts. Join us in beautiful Chesterhill for our final auction of the 2021 season. In addition, the Holiday Bundles were such a success last ...

Fall Consignment Auction this Saturday

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Not sure what to do with that extra farm stuff you gathered this year? Looking to sell your unused furniture, home décor, equipment or tools? Bring it to the Fall Consignment Auction at the Chesterhill Produce Auction that will be held this Saturday, November 13th at 10 a.m. All Items (excluding livestock) can be dropped off at the CPA on Friday the 12th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you would like to bring ...
A line of pumpkins ready to be carved

Follow the Food: Wisteria’s Autumn Fires Event

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“Follow the Food” highlights the journey that produce takes from the auction floor to homes, restaurants, healthcare providers, colleges, and hungry mouths across the region. From Thursday October 7th to Monday October 11th, produce purchased at the Chesterhill Produce Auction could be found at Wisteria’s 25th annual Autumn Fires event. Wisteria is at once an intentional community, a nature preserve, and a campground and event site. Every October, the campground and event site wraps up ...

Another Successful Pie Fundraiser Auction

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On Monday we gathered for one of our favorite days of the year at the Chesterhill Produce Auction — Pie Day! Early this week, our community was busy baking their best pies to be tasted, voted on, and auctioned off this week to raise funds for our Farm to School project. Individuals, schools, and local businesses donated pies and entered the competition to win first, second, or third place. Every baker brought two of the ...

Welcome Jordan and Melissa!

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Every year, our Sustainable Agriculture Program welcomes AmeriCorps members to the team. These service members spend one year helping us to build the food and farming economy in the Mid-Ohio Valley of Ohio and West Virginia. This fall we are eager to welcome Jordan and Melissa! Jordan is serving as our Food Access Coordinator COMCorps member and Melissa is serving as our Community Development AmeriCorps member. Read on to learn a little about them!   ...

Re-Growing Your Food

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According to the EPA, every year in the United States, approximately 31% (133 billion pounds) of the overall food supply is wasted. This is not sustainable with an ever-growing population and climate change making food production more vulnerable. To build a more sustainable food system, people with the privilege and resources need to reconsider their relationship with food and waste. One way to build a better relationship with our food is to meet our local ...