The Cricket's Nest invites you thisSaturday, October 27th,10 am to 4 pm, to join us for the annual Christmas Open House! Their members have been busy making the most adorable ornaments, house fashion decor, and yard decorations imaginable! We have the traditional snowflake crochet ornaments and the fabulously sassy Snow Peoples, as well as the hauntingly beautiful Moravian Love Feast Black Glass ornaments.
In addition to the Christmas items, there will still be a beautiful array of wreaths, floral arrangements, hats, fashionable scarves, spooky last-minute Halloween decorations, and Fall decorations for a warm, family-style Thanksgiving.
Come early and shop all day!. Bring a friend. Shoppers purchasing over $25.00 in merchandise will receive a FREE gift bag made by a Cricket's Nest Member! (One per Customer--while supplies last!)
New this year--be sure to sign up for a Door Prize! Cricket's Nest members have donated a myriad of crafts to be given away to a fortunate shopper! This Saturday, there will be a drawing every hour on the hour--you do not have to be present to win. And drawings will continue to take place each Saturday until all donated crafts are given away!
AND--there will be a HOLIDAY RECEPTION at Our House (cream-color farm house at South Fork Park) of light refreshments offered from 11 am to 1 pm
If you have any questions or need directions, please give them a call at 336-659-4315.
CRICKET'S NEST CRAFT SHOP HOURS
JAN-AUG: MTWF 10 am to 2 pm, Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
SEP-DEC: MTWF 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Our Buffalo Gal's soap and assorted gift sets are available year round at the Cricket's Nest, in addition to other local stores and our farm store.
With your help, we can
make a difference and knock out hunger!
We're so excited that
it's this time of year again! This will be our 5th year doing this fun annual
appointment necessary * no session fee * images posted online * treats for the
Bring your child or pet
to our studio on Halloween evening in their Halloween costume and have their
photo taken to be entered into our Halloween photo contest! Images will be
posted on Facebook for voting and the child or pet with the most “likes” for the
cutest costume will win a free 20 minute mini session at our
Day - October 31st, 2012
p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
cost? A bag of canned food to benefit local families in need!
We are partnering with
East Stokes Outreach Ministry to bring smiles to hundreds of local people in
need — share a meal, help save a life!
By: Amanda Taylor| Statesville Record & Landmark Published: October 17, 2012 Updated: October 17, 2012 - 2:02
The demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a
faltering economy. Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215 percent from
1992-2007. The average farmer in North Carolina is 57 years old and looking
forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown
food in North Carolina.
More and more, families are looking at ways to supplement
their incomes and put their land into something productive. Quite often, I’m
faced with the question, "I have some land that I want to do something with ...
but I don't know what. Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?"
This is an open-ended question, because the success of an agricultural venture
really depends on the market and the operator. A successful business starts with
a good plan and lots of research, and agriculture is no different.
In response to this situation, Cooperative Extension Agents
from several counties have developed The Piedmont Farm School, a training
program for beginning and transitioning farmers. The seven-month educational
program focuses on operating successful small-scale, sustainable farms.
The school offers seven business-planning seminars taught by
agriculture economists, which give farmers the tools to create a viable business
plan. Each business session focuses on different areas of a business plan,
including financial management and effective marketing strategies. By the end of
the program, participants will have a complete business plan for their
The school also includes seven field trips to working farms,
led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals.
Participants learn low-cost, sustainable farming methods in a range of
production systems, including fruits, vegetables, cows, pigs, poultry, goats,
specialty crops and agritourism.
Business classes meet the second Tuesday of the month
beginning in February from 6-9 p.m. at the Davidson County Extension Center.
Farm field days are typically on the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. The farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the
Registration deadline is Dec. 14. Cost for one person is $200;
$250 for two people and $300 for three or more.
For more information, contact the Iredell Cooperative
Extension Service by visiting http://iredell.ces.ncsu.edu or calling
Amanda Taylor is an agriculture agent (horticulture) with the NC Cooperative
Extension Service in Statesville.
A traditional rural frolic featuring the shucking, shelling, and grinding
of corn, cider making, quilting, basket weaving, tobacco curing, woodworking,
wagon rides, children’s games, chair caning, blacksmithing, beekeeping,
storytelling, displays of antique farm equipment, molasses making, tours of the
farmhouse, apple butter making, and much more!
Entrance Fee: $5.00 per Adult
Children 7 – 12: $3.00 Children 6 & Under:
1) NO PETS
2) Bring a Lawn Chair So You
Can Sit Back and Enjoy the
Music! 3) Cancelled in the Event of
We are a Grade B dairy and the goat's milk comes from our own Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. We are a farmstead operation which means the cheese is made from the milk of our own herd (no milk is purchased) and on the farm where the goats are raised. It is produced by hand in small batches.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is located on Buffalo Creek Farm Road in Germanton, NC near the intersection of Hwy 65 and Hwy 8 (Germanton Road) at the Forsyth / Stokes County line. We are a few miles north of Winston-Salem and a short drive from Rural Hall, King, Walkertown, Kernersville. Walnut Cove, Danbury, High Point, Greensboro, Pilot Mountain, Mt. Airy and other communities in the Piedmont of North Carolina and Virginia. In our on site Farm Store, we have raw milk aged goat cheese, grass fed beef, pastured lamb and pastured free range eggs along with our handmade goat's milk soap and other local goodness.
As you may know, state law allows counties to tax farms at property tax rates based on their use as farms (known as Present Use Value, or PUV), instead of at higher residential tax rates. However, to qualify for PUV based on farm use, a farm must have more than 5 acres in production in the case of horticultural crops, or more than 10 acres for any other crops. Thus many small farms are not able to take advantage of this preferential tax treatment.
The Council has set up a task force to investigate this situation and to propose changes that would allow small farms serving local food markets to reduce their property tax burdens, and task force members represent Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, NC Farm Bureau and NC Cooperative Extension, among others. We are conducting a survey to collect more information from small farms about their experience with PUV. This is where we need help from farmers....
Please take 15 minutes to take the survey, which you can find here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PUV. The information we collect will be crucial to proving to local and state government that small farms deserve more equitable property tax treatment.
So please help us make a difference and fill out the survey today!
Make plans to attend CFSA’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Oct. 26-28, 2012 in Greenville, SC! Early Registration Deadline is OCT. 4!
Roland McReynolds, Esq. Executive Director Carolina Farm Stewardship Association PO Box 448 Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542 2402 Check out the new www.carolinafarmstewards.org