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The Official Newsletter of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative
Jack Miller’s Dreams of Owning
Jack and Teresa Miller on their farm in Louisville, MS. By Frank Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
“As a young boy growing up between the boundaries of Greensboro and Zion Ridge Communities in Louisville Mississippi, I dreamed of owning a Family Farm composing of cattle, vineyard and other type of animals. However, life’s survival deferred my dreams for more than 40 years until I completed my Professional Career in various Public Sector Jobs including working for Social Security in the Midwest. My absenteeism from daily farm’s chores created a deep void and a wanting to continue my farming vocation. Therefore, I planted a Small Backyard Garden yearly to keep my craft in tack and this patchwork system provided Fresh Vegetables for families and friends. My garden consisted of tomatoes, greens, peppers, beans, lettuce, beets and herds. This venture kept my dreams alive of farm ownership and imparted a blueprint for retirement and returned home with vigor to complete our mission. This
lifelong journey of farm ownership crystallized in 2007 with purchase of Miller’s Family Farm east of Louisville, MS. This moment of euphoria brought on a barrage of questions which included what, where, when and how to build a successful farm operation. My quest for knowledge guided me to Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) and I immediately joined this astonishing Community Based Organization. WCSHC supplied a wealth of knowledge, leadership and encouragement to help achieve my dreams. In 2008, I obtained admittance into WCSHC’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program to learn how to navigate USDA, Extension and other nonprofit organizations to obtain services”. WCSHC received a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Grant in 2010 through USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “At purchase, my farm consisted of a water source, vineyard, partial exterior fence, hardwood and pine trees and I needed services with conservation practices and financial
assistance to make improvements. WCSHC’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program helped me procure assistance through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) & Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), we received assistance with fence, erosion, dug pond, pasture improvement and forages. This customized conservation plan of action accelerated my entrance into WCSHC’s Heifer Program. As part of WCSHC’s Heifer Program members receives five quality heifers to start their cattle operations”. However, members must meet unbending requirements before obtaining animals including sufficient forages, water, fence, and access to veterinary care. WCSHC awarded Jack Miller a full unit of heifers in March 2012 with access to WCSHC’s bulls for breeding purposes. Jack will return five quality heifers to WCSHC within a three year period to help another family start their Cattle Operation. In 2001 Heifer International bestowed Winston County Self Help Cooperative with a grant of $74,500 to purchase heifers & bulls. Initiatively, WCSHC purchased 40 Bred Heifers on August 8, 2002 and distributed five each among eight members and on March 20, 2005, WCSHC procured an additionally 20 Bred Heifers and dispensed among four members. Jack said of “this meaningful experience through WCSHC offered an invaluable learning paradigm and afforded me an opportunity to connect with Service Providers. I will encourage other individuals to
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WCSHC & RD at Work 6:45 a.m. on Saturday Morning Winston County Self Help Cooperative and USDA Rural Development joined forces on Saturday June 29, 2013 6:45a.m to move Rural America’s needle forward. Most individuals declare Saturday as a day of rest, however, WCSHC Members & Area Specialist Terri Tate gathered at Winston County Extension Office in Louisville, MS to disseminate pertinent housing information to strengthen families in Rural America. Terri discussed a bevy of services and programs offered through Rural Development to stimulate growth and stability in Winston County. She delivered an extensive presentation of Rural Development’s Housing Grants, 502 & 504 Loans. Terri highly emphasized Rural Development’s commitment & role in helping families achieve their dreams of homeownership. She indicated an individual would need a combine Credit Score of 640 with limited amount of discrepancies; however, Rural Development will assist individuals with questionable credit issues through Financial Counseling to prepare for homeownership.Additionally Rural
Development support communities with public infrastructures needs such as hospitals, parks, police stations and Community Centers. Terri concluded by highlighting several local projects in which the State Office of Mississippi Rural Development provided funds for the building of Winston County Head Start Center and several Rural Water Associations. The Winston County Self Help Cooperative appreciates Terri Tate for presenting and working with individuals one on one according to WCSHC Member, Frank Miller. “Terri’s presence allowed participants to ask relevant questions and complete applications to expedite processing time. This agency formerly known as Farmers Home Administration provided limited resource families with opportunities to construct veneer homes. This process generated multiple job opportunities for local individuals including cement finishers, framers, brick layers, electricians and others skill trades which created income and added dollars to Winston WCSHC & RD at Work 6:45, Continued on pg. 4
Jack Miller’s Dreams of Owning, Continued on pg. 2
THANK YOU WCSHC FOUNDING MEMBERS FOR 28 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE TO RURAL AMERICA
Team WCSHC Saving Rural America Dee Dotson
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CONTENTS WCSHC’s 2013 Mother’s Day Celebration.............2
2013 Mississippian Leadership WCSHC’s 2013 Institute Reunion Mother’s Day JUNE 25, 2013 • PEARL,MS Celebration
Miller’s plan for rotational grazing...........................3 Forty acres and the one who stayed behind.......3 WCSHC honors legacies of agriculture..................3 Winston County Self Help Cooperative reaches out to Mr. Arthur Thigpen...........................................4 Mary Beasley Hannah: WCSHC’s Matriarch and Woman of Distinction..................................................4 Hasans host Organic Gardening and Small Ruminant Field Day.......................................................4 WCSHC members provide local produce for Winston County Farmers’ Market.............................5 Perry County USDA’s Meeting...................................6 HEALTH HELP PRESENTS TO WINSTON COUNTY SELF HELP COOPERATIVE............................................6 WCSHC Day in LA...........................................................7 On the road again with WCSHC................................7 WCSHC 6th Business Session & Field Day.............8 WCSHC discovers one of Mississippi’s best kept secrets................................................................................8 WCSHC Outreach Meeting Tippah County...........8
2013 NATIONAL GOAT CONFERENCE “Looking Towards the Future” Sept. 15-18, 2013 Joseph S. Koury Convention Center Greensboro, North Carolina Register today http://www.ncat.edu/academics/schools-colleges1/saes/cooperative-extension/goatconf.html
Winston County Self Help Cooperative (SFOT&TAP) first three quarters summary: September 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013 ..............................................................................................9 Sampson Byrd’s Mission & Commitment..............9 Empowering, Enlightening, Entertaining & Enthralling.....................................................................11 EXCITING YOUTH TIMES WITH THE WCSH YOUTH !!!........................................................................................11 Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America...........................................................................12 “Percy & Emma Brown’s Dreams in Rural America & NRCS Assistance”....................................12 WCSHC Newspaper Picture Gallery...............13-16
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Winston County Self Help Cooperative 16 Old Robinson Road Louisville, MS 39339 Phone: 662-779-2400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.wcshc.com “Saving Rural America”
Jack Miller’s Dreams of Owning, Continued from pg. 1 join a veteran Community-Based Organization with similar objectives as WCSHC to learn processes of working collectively to avoid costly mistakes. Additionally, we hosted Field Day Events to highlight USDA’s implemented Conservation Practices and discuss methodology of Financial Assistance Programs. My wife (Teresa) joined WCSHC in 2008 and she enjoys participating in WCSHC’s Business Sessions. Teresa said “you will learn current market information and identify policy issues hindering Small Producers from making prudent business decisions. WCSHC’s Business Session starts on time and ends before time. Please be on time if you want to be a part of this robust winning team to help save Rural America.” We will highlight Teresa’s Odyssey of returning to Rural America in upcoming edition of the Greensboro Echo Newspaper.
Rhonda Benton’s comments about WCSHC
Thank you so much Honorable Mayor Frank Taylor; you and the cooperative members left “no stone unturned” in this latest edition. While enjoying the beautiful photos, I read each page with fervor and immense enthusiasm and just could hardly wait for the beginning of the next article. I felt like I was right there with y’all, up close and personal, attending the workshops and special events that provided such valuable information and I especially enjoyed learning about passionate lives and work of your wonderful community historians. You, Honorable Mayor, are truly blessed to be a model and are a highly respected mentor to us for the work you do for Rural America, not just Mississippi. You’re absolutely right, as stated in many of your presentations, your obituary will state “all used up” because you are giving everything you’ve got to give in your life right now. Thank you again for your generous gift of graciously educating us, the Rural Farm Community, on the marvelous benefits of working together resulting in ways to strengthen our Ag projects and for providing examples that will serve to maintain sustainable on the farm for future generations. Thank you again and please give my sincere regards to your family and Cooperative Members for a job well done. Sincerely your honorable member, Rhonda Benton Rhema Ranch Union Springs, Alabama
With birds and crickets chirping from a far distance as an overcast spring afternoon turned into a beautiful setting for Winston County Self Help Co-op’s Annual Mother’s Day Celebration on May 7th, 2013 from Harrington Soul Food Restaurant 606 W. Main Street Louisville, MS. As the clock’s hand tilted toward 4pm WCSHC’s Ladies appeared in attire befitting queens for their Mother’s Day Photo Session. Mother Ozolla Eichelberger dazzled a peach dress accessorized with a bow on the side and Mother Mary Hannah sported a top cap, navy blue skirt and plaid coat. Mother Ozolla and Mary’s attire exhibited hope for the next generation of Mothers. WCSHC Ladies received pictures, roses and coasters as gifts from WCSHC gentleman. This celebration allows WCSHC Gentleman to shower our Ladies with love for their sweat and tears according to Shelton Cooper. Frank Miller said we appreciate WCSHC Ladies efforts’ in building strong families and communities to provide leadership and inspiration for future generations of mothers. Other ladies should emulate WCSHC female members to strengthen their family values and learn needed skills to survive in Rural America. Matriarch Mattie Miller of McCool, MS said she enjoyed participating in WCSHC Mother’s Day Program. We appreciate gifts and food provided by WCSHC Gentleman and we look forward to partaking in 2014’s program. George A. Miller’s words of encouragement uplifted spirits and revealed hope for tomorrow’s Mothers. 95 years old Mother Ozolla Eichelberger uttered inspiring words of warmth, caring and compassion from an individual deeply connected to 19th, 20th and 21th centuries. We should work to provide our families with clothes, food, and shelter and follow Jesus Christ as our spiritual leader. This recipe permitted me to raise a family of 14 children plus grand and great- grandchildren. Presently, I am gardening daily with hope of a bountiful harvest of vegetables for canning purposes. Kim Crisler of Mississippi Association of Cooperatives represented as the youngest Mother. Crisler said life unveils new tasks daily with unexpected outcomes, however, I am prayerful God will deliver as promised. Alonzo Miller blessed Mother’s Day Dinner prepared by Harrington Soul Food Staff. Menu included Cream Potatoes, Hamburger Steaks, Apple Pie, Corn Bread Muffins and Mustard Greens grown by founding members Dee & Omerio Dotson. 2013 Mother’s Day Celebration culminated with a Live Radio Broadcast which involved an expansive audience of listeners from Georgia to Washington State. 75 individuals attended WCSHC’s Annual Mother’s Day Celebration.
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Miller’s plan for rotational Forty acres and the one who stayed behind Counties, established through grazing a relationship with WCSHC
By Peggy Miller
Since moving from Grand Prairie, Texas to Louisville, MS four years ago, our goal was to build a sustainable beef and vegetable farm. Becoming members of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) is definitely the best hook-up we ever made, next to God and each other (we both agree). We have often said that WCSHC got us off to a great start with their heifer program, but in all actuality; it was the consistent flow of information provided through workshops, seminars, and conferences made available through the Co-Op, as well as other members sharing their farming experiences in monthly meetings. Those were the things that prepared us and put us in position to receive the heifers. The heifers were an added bonus. We start each year with a set of objectives that will eventually allow us to reach our ultimate goal for the farm. Our objectives essentially are projects we hope to accomplish for the current year. Setting objectives is a practice that is highly encouraged by our WCSHC Team Leader, Frank Taylor. In fact, toward the end of each year, you will hear Frank ask WCSHC members to start identifying their individual farming projects for the upcoming year. For the year 2012, our objective was to position the farm for rotational grazing. The concept of Rotational Grazing had been presented during previous “WCSHC Annual Saving Rural America and Youth Conferences” that take place during the first quarter of each year. We also attended a seminar for Grass Fed Beef where the concept of rotational grazing was discussed in great detail as well. We liked the concept and thought that it would be achievable, beneficial, and in
fact, ideal for our Cattle operation. So we began laying the ground work by going down to our local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, sitting down with the staff, explaining our objectives, and learning more about the NRCS practices (including ranking process) that could help us meet our goals. Winston County, Louisville NRCS office is currently staffed by Lindsey Singleton, Soil Conservationist and Penny Barrier, Soil Conservation Technician. After signing up for Cost Sharing practices, Crossfencing and Watering Sources, the two ladies along with Supervisory District Conservationist, Jerry Orr made a visit out to the farm, assessed what we wanted to do, made recommendations and drew up the plans. While we waited on ranking and approval, Alonzo was busy clearing the land and making other necessary preparations. We were first approved for crossfencing. When the first cross fence was in place, the NRCS team came out to inspect it. Everything had to be done in compliance with the specs received from NRCS with the drawn plans. After passing inspection on the first cross fence, everything was full speed ahead. NRCS was back and forth within days measuring, taking pictures, providing invaluable advice, and making sure everything was on point. Alonzo became the best fence builder around the county; a professional job, indeed. Later, we were approved for 3 ponds to be used as watering sources for the cattle. Plans were drawn up for the ponds. I liked the fact that one pond could supply water to multiple pastures. Since we didn’t know anyone to take on the task of digging ponds, we looked to NRCS office for additional help. Business cards left in the office led us to someone to take on the job. Again, the NRCS team was here meeting with the pond builders, providing specs and letting them know up front what was expected of them. Alonzo had to do some preliminary Miller’s plan for rotational, Continued on pg. 4
By Peggy Miller
Traditionally, we hear about sons running the family farm after the father goes off the scene. That is not the case with Jeanette Greenwood and her seven siblings. Jeanette is the only one who did not move away from the farm she grew up on as a child. She remained true to her roots. Always drawn to the outdoors, she never had a desire for city life. She is currently operating a 40 acre farm with her son and his fiancée. Taking care of 11 heifers, 1 bull, 5 calves and 3 horses, she is living out her dream. She also raises fruit trees on her farm. In her own words, “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Jeanette is a member of a Self Help Cooperative that was formed in Leake, Madison, and Scott Counties, established through a relationship with WCSHC that was brought together by Frank Taylor (Team Leader of WCSHC). She has been a member since 2009 and is 1 of 5 female members, with 20 plus members total. From her relationship with WCSHC, she learned about free services available through United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) and Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). In 2010, Jeanette received assistance with cross fencing and fertilizer. She was the first black female to get approved and receive such services from Leake County NRCS. In 2011 she was approved for a grant in the amount of $9,500.00 to install a livestock corral, a pipeline for water, the construction of a heavy use protection area for feeding cattle, a watering facility, and a livestock shade structure. She applied for a pond; however, funding was not
available at that time. She also receives services from MS State University Veterinarians who come out to her farm each year to vaccinate her livestock. Jeannette is grateful for her relationship with WCSHC and says she has gained a wealth of knowledge from the meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences she has attended. At the time I spoke with Janette, she was planning to host an Agricultural field day at her farm in Leake County. She also mentioned a Youth garden with Collards and Okra. As far as future plans, she intends to continue farming and making improvements. Jeanette Greenwood is currently serving as Treasurer for the Leake, Madison, and Scott (LMS) Farmers Group. This group is still recruiting new members and ready to move on the next phase. Anyone interested in joining or obtaining information about this group may contact its President, Kenneth Walker at 601214-6320. Traditionally, we hear about sons running the family farm after the father goes off the scene. That is not the case with Jeanette Greenwood and her seven siblings. Jeanette is the only one who did not move away from the farm she grew up on as a child. She remained true to her roots. Always drawn to the outdoors, she never had a desire for city life. She is currently operating a 40 acre farm with her son and his fiancée. Taking care of 11 heifers, 1 bull, 5 calves and 3 horses, she is living out her dream. She also raises fruit trees on her farm. In her own words, “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Jeanette is a member of a Self Help Cooperative that was formed in Leake, Madison, and Scott
that was brought together by Frank Taylor (Team Leader of WCSHC). She has been a member since 2009 and is 1 of 5 female members, with 20 plus members total. From her relationship with WCSHC, she learned about free services available through United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) and Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). In 2010, Jeanette received assistance with cross fencing and fertilizer. She was the first black female to get approved and receive such services from Leake County NRCS. In 2011 she was approved for a grant in the amount of $9,500.00 to install a livestock corral, a pipeline for water, the construction of a heavy use protection area for feeding cattle, a watering facility, and a livestock shade structure. She applied for a pond; however, funding was not available at that time. She also receives services from MS State University Veterinarians who come out to her farm each year to vaccinate her livestock. Jeannette is grateful for her relationship with WCSHC and says she has gained a wealth of knowledge from the meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences she has attended. At the time I spoke with Janette, she was planning to host an Agricultural field day at her farm in Leake County. She also mentioned a Youth garden with Collards and Okra. As far as future plans, she intends to continue farming and making improvements. Jeanette Greenwood is currently serving as Treasurer for the Leake, Madison, and Scott (LMS) Farmers Group. This group is still recruiting new members and ready to move on the next phase. Anyone interested in joining or obtaining information about this group may contact its President, Kenneth Walker at 601214-6320.
WCSHC honors legacies of agriculture
By Peggy Miller
On the morning of August 14, 2012, Louisville Coliseum was the hosting facility for The Legacy of Agriculture Award Ceremony sponsored by Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC). Farmers 80 years and older were honored for their loyal contributions
to Rural America and for serving as role models for the next generation of landowners and farmers. Frank Taylor, president of WCSHC addressed the attendees on, “The Legacy of Agriculture.” Honorees spoke their own words of wisdom while noting that consideration for others, patience, and commitment to survive as farmers were some of the contributing factors to their longevity and success. Also on hand to pay tribute to these Framers and Landowners were Natural Resource and Conservation Services representatives, Penny Barrier and Lindsey Bingleton. Mrs. Bingleton addressed the honorees with inspiring words and also thanked them for their dedication and hard work
throughout the years. WCSHC presented each Honoree with a personalized Certificate of Appreciation and celebrated them for their efforts, their endurance, and for making a momentous difference in Rural America. There were 22 recipients who received awards. The Legacy of Agriculture Award Ceremony concluded with a delicious breakfast of bacon, turkey sausage, grits, scrambled eggs, hot biscuits, jelly, ripe red water melon, coffee, and juice. Breakfast was prepared and served by Mytris Gill and Jean Harper along with other ladies of WCSHC. Winston County Self Help Cooperative honoring those who have paved the way for others!
Each Honoree was award personalized Certificate of Appreciation
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WCSHC & RD at Work 6:45 a.m., Continued from pg. 1 County’s Tax Coffers. We need Rural Development to allocate more funds today for distressed communities across the Deep South to improve the depleted housing stock. Participants asked a roundtable of questions about down Payment Assistance, Section 8 Certificates and loans to supplement businesses. Frank Taylor, WCSHC Team Leader “Lamented individuals must modify their spending habits in order to become effective Financial Managers. Buying what you need should be every family prerequisite and not buying what you want and leaving your needs unmet”. Please join WCSHC’s efforts to help save Rural America and make a positive difference in your locality through a high level of commitment to achieve change. The alluring smell of eggs, sausages, bacon, grits and biscuits brought WCSHC’s 9th Business Session to a spontaneous halt as Jean Harper, Mytris Gill, Teresia Miller and Bettye Cooper served participants with this delicious breakfast.
Hasans host Organic Gardening and Small Ruminant Field Day
By Allen McReynolds Article edited by Peggy Miller
St. Mary is a small rural community just due south and a little west, about 9 miles from Quitman, Mississippi. There, you will find some of the best soils in Clark County. Giving evidence to the soil’s richness, Breckenridge farm, known for its enormous muscadine vineyards is seated right in the middle of the St. Mary community. Just south of the vineyard, about a quarter of a mile sets the Hasans, a third generation farm. The Hasans, Bilal and Khaliah raises goats, sheep, and beef cattle as well as grow high quality organic fruits and vegetables using all the healthy things that Mother Nature makes available to them. They get to enjoy healthy meals on a daily basis consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables along with their farm raised beef, goat, or mutton. Farming claims a lot of the Hasans’ time, but when it’s time to relax, you will more than likely find Bilal and Khalilah sitting underneath a large red oak in the front yard, enjoying glasses of fresh lemonade while watching their livestock in the distant pastures of rolling hills. Just beyond the pasture’s fence and next to the house is the Hasans’ pride and joy, a small organic vegetable garden. Khalilah who is very adamant in her decision says, “We must grow our own vegetables and produce our other food if we are to remain healthy; and we must encourage others to do the same.” The Hasans invited 29 of their neighbors and
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Winston County Self Help Cooperative Mary Beasley Hannah: WCSHC’s reaches out to Mr. Arthur Thigpen
By Allen McReynolds Article edited by Peggy Miller
United States Department of Agricultural describes a beginning farmer as someone who has not farmed for the past consecutive 10 years. I would definitely say that Mr. Arthur Thigpen fits into that category. Mr. Thigpen is a beginning farmer who lives approximately 25 miles east of Bay Spring on MS Highway 18, about 3 miles east of the little country store in Rose Hill community. His house sits on the south side of the highway traveling east on 18 in the flat lands. And I am on my way to pay him a visit. I am curious to know the story behind Mr. Arthur Thigpen and his return to a life of farming. As I approached his farm and drove toward the house, I noticed the medium sized water oaks that outlined the manicured yard as well as the pine trees that gave the boarders of the friends to take part in the Organic Gardening and Small Ruminant field day. “We wanted to host the Organic Gardening and Small Ruminant educational program to help educate the people in our community about eating healthy,” Khalilah says. On the agenda for the evening was Dr. Ann Branch, a Veterinarian (from neighboring Wayne County) with years of experience working with small ruminant animals and who currently owns a sizeable herd of goats. Dr. Branch spoke on the subject of “Herd Health Management”, highlighting some of the best practices used to manage and care for goats and sheep. Kevin Jackson, USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), District Conservationist addressed the group identifying NRCS practices currently installed on the Hasans’ farm as well as other Conservation and EQIP practices available to limited resource and socially disadvantage small farmers. Mr. Jackson also made technical recommendations as they relate to soil conservation. Both Dr. Branch and Mr. Jackson answered many questions from those attending the field day. Winston County Self Help Cooperative, 2501 Agribusiness Management Specialist, Allen McReynolds, shared some conventional gardening tips with the farmers and answered a number of questions proposed by the group. Frank Taylor, Team Leader for Winston County Self Help Cooperative concluded the field day by presenting the Hasans with a Saving Rural America certificate and providing inspirational comments. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed refreshments offered by the hosts and shared personal farming experiences with one another.
landlines more definition. It was a beautiful place indeed. Mr. Thigpen met me outside and invited me to sit on the porch with him. The porch provided a view of his new pasture which was directly across the road, just north from where we were sitting. The pasture was home for commercial breed cows weighing in about 1200 pounds each. They were well kept, extremely healthy and looked ready to calf. As I looked further into the pasture, I could see where it opened up and seemed to go on forever, giving the cows plenty of space to roam; yet they were contained by a beautifully constructed mesh wire fence (two strands of barbed wire at the top) that also accented the layout of the land. I also observed what appeared to be a strategically placed and newly constructed corral for working with and loading his cows. Still, in a distance, I saw a pond for livestock watering with a couple of large oak trees left behind for shade. This setup, I’m sure is perfect for when the southern temperatures approach their usual summer degrees of 90 and above. Mr. Thigpen and I engaged in idle chitchat for a few minutes and then his memory took him back in time as he pointed across the road and began to tell his story… I grew up in this same community just a few miles Winston County Self Help Cooperative, Continued on pg. 5 Miller’s plan for rotational grazing, Continued from pg. 3 work as well, such as taking some trees out and cutting in a road leading to one of the ponds. NRCS made periodic visits to ensure the job was going according to plans. We had to plant rye seeds around the banks of the ponds once the digging crew was finished. Watching the ponds being dug was quite fascinating for me. One of the ponds was an extension of an existing pond. It actually looked as though it would have a ledge in the middle of it, but my husband explained that the water would eventually fill over the top and the ledge would be under water. Sure enough, once it filled up from the rain, you can’t tell that it’s there. So now we’re at the end of the year. We’re seen summer turn into fall and fall turn into winter. One more cross-fence to go and we have eight pastures instead of one. We also have three watering facilities that the cows somehow know belong to them. The good Lord came with the rain and filled them all. In the midst of everything being done on our farm this year, Alonzo took a little time off to construct 1550 feet of fencing for someone else. For next year, I would guess one of our projects will be to plant some winter rye seeds throughout the pastures for year-round grazing. I think I’m getting the hang of this farming thing. Sometimes I even surprise my husband with how much I’ve learned. There’s times I put on my cow-girl boots and hats and fill right at home. I haven’t gotten to the blade of hay hanging out of my mouth yet. God blessed us to complete our objective/ projects for 2012 and we’re looking forward to His intervention for 2013. We are grateful for the assistance and partnership with our local NRCS office. Their consistent support and guidance were so instrumental to our success, not to mention the cost sharing. When Jerry, Penny, and Lindsey know that you are serious about farming, they do all within their power to make things happen. Winston County NRCS office is serious about helping small farmers become successful farmers. You don’t have to ponder on that, or wait until you cross that fence. You can take my word for it. Same time next year……
Matriarch and Woman of Distinction
By Peggy Miller
“She is a founding member of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative.” “She’s a woman with lots of wisdom.” “She has a good understanding about most matters.” “She was my school teacher and I still remember some of the things she taught me.” “She has been an encourager to other members.” “She never meets a stranger.” “She always believed in guidelines and rules and expected you to follow them.” “She believes in being fair.” “She was one of the first people I met when I moved to Winston County.” “She was fair in her decisions and she stuck by her decisions.” “Dust never settles under her feet,” “I remember her being fair when I was her student and now that I am an adult, she is still the same.” “She is a “for real” person.” Who is she? She is indeed, Mrs. Mary Beasley Hannah, born in Winston County but moved to Choctaw County as a child. She comes from a family of farmers and is the youngest of 5 children. Her family raised cows, chicken, and hogs. They also farmed crops that included cotton, corn, peanuts, potatoes, and peas. She says, “Being the youngest, my sisters always wanted to put me on the short rows, but I was persistent and determined to work the long rows.” “I would start, but being so little, I would always give out.” “So they assigned me the chore of milking the cows.” Mrs. Hannah played a lot of softball growing up. She was a member of a community team that played in summer leagues. Taking into consideration her still, small lean frame, one would assume that she had great speed and imagine her rounding the bases. Still today you often see her sporting a baseball cap. She attended Rust College and Mississippi State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. A Teacher by profession, she taught the subjects of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies in a self-contained class room environment. Hardly a day goes by that someone stops her on the street, in the grocery store or wherever she may be and acknowledges her as their teacher. She remembers many of them, but admits that there are times she cannot recall the former student’s name. However, she never forgets to ask them if they finished high school. She taught both black and white children and she says that she treated them all the same. When asked why she decided on teaching as a profession, she responded that teaching was the only decent job for females at that time. She said, “I started with a low salary, but it was better than working in White’s kitchens.” My guess is that teaching was her calling because she gave it 40 of the best years of her life before retiring. Still today, many of her former students speak of the positive impact she made on their lives. Ms. Carnette Hudson Mary Beasley Hannah: WCSHC’s, Continued on pg. 5
WCSHC members provide local produce for Winston County Farmers’ Market
By Peggy Miller
There is a new trend spreading throughout America, yet it’s one of history’s oldest means to direct market local harvest. The trend I’m speaking of is Farmers’ Markets. They are popping up everywhere, not just in rural areas, but even in suburban communities. Farmers’ Market is one channel by which small farmers can direct market their locally grown produce to local patrons. Keeping up with the trend, Winston County kicked off their Farmers’ Market on June 13, 2013. Local farmers brought their produce to the Louisville Coliseum and utilized 6 to 8 ft. tables to display everything from fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and homemade baked items, to homemade pickles, chow-chow, and locally handcrafted items. Yes, I would definitely say that this Market had something for everyone. If anyone went home empty handed, it was because they consumed their purchases before they made it to their vehicles. The Market’s atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and provided the opportunity for consumers to get to know their local producers, ask questions and walk away well informed about their purchases. By the way, if you’re thinking the Farmers’ Market is a place where a bunch of old folks hang out, you should think again. There were a couple of innovative youth who came out and did quite well selling their goods to the public. And as you’ve probably guessed, the Winston County Farmers’ Market was not lacking in support or participation from the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) members. So let’s began with the organizers of this event. WCSHC member, Jean Harper and Winston County resident, Janice Hopkins were the Farmers’ Market organizers/ coordinators. The two were working in conjunction with the Diabetes Coalition (Get Healthy Winston County), as part of an assertive effort to encourage healthy eating throughout the communities of Winston County. Mrs. Harper, who served in the WCSHC members, Continued on pg. 6
NEWS FROM RURAL AMERICA Mary Beasley Hannah Continued from pg. 4 recalled that it was Mrs. Hannah who administered the first whipping she received in school. It seems that Ms. Hudson, who was then a 5th grader was engaged in a fighting incident where her opponent landed in the trash can. She thought she had gotten away with it, but she says once she heard Mrs. Hannah call her full name, she knew she was in trouble. Her attempt to run was useless, because Mrs. Hannah had her by the wrist in a matter of seconds. Her steps could only be made in a circle and that’s how Mrs. Hannah whipped her, around in a circle. She remembered that Mrs. Hannah was not only a great teacher, but also a disciplinary with a strong grip. Many of her former students are members of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative for which she took part in organizing. Many still today address her with the same respect a student in the class room would show to their teacher, including Frank Taylor (WCSHC Team Leader). Whenever Mrs. Hannah says, “Frank Taylor”, he responds, “Yes Ma’am”. Other than his Aunt Omerio, Mrs. Hannah is the only other person I’ve witnessed, who turns him into a gentle giant. As a community advocate, Mary Hannah has worked with youth throughout Winston County. She is a member of the National Association of TRIAD, an organization that assists law enforcement to keep seniors safe in their communities. She is associated with the Excelsior Literary Club, an association that gives scholarships to students in need, give to burn out victims and the Red Cross, organize cancer drives and supports St. Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She also has membership with her old alma mater, Rust College Rustie Club. Yet, she keeps busy at her church where she is a Sunday School Teacher, President of Home Mission, a choir member and involved in various other auxiliaries at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. When Mary Beasley Hannah decided to join forces with Mrs. Omerio Dotson, Mr. Dee Dotson, and Mr. Bobby Hardin as founding members of the WCSHC, she was already farming. She was personally motivated by her desire to enhance her skills and increase her knowledge in that area. She also wanted to become self sufficient, providing food for herself on an ongoing basis. The four original members were looking for ways to learn about Government and other
services that were available to small farmers and to be in position to take advantage of these opportunities. In 1985, they began to recruit other members throughout Winston County. Twenty seven years, the organization has been in existence and has grown from 4 members to 71. Now, with assistance from WCSHC, other “Self Help” organizations have been established in at least 2 other counties as spinoffs from this one. A 4-H Youth Organization has also branched off from this group. Young people are learning the value of farming and are already responsible for a community garden that is used to provide fresh vegetables to the elderly throughout communities of Winston County. Being one of the first members, Mrs. Hannah was also one of the first to benefit from her membership in WCSHC. She has been the recipient of grants provided by various branches of the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) that allowed for wire, gates, fencing, feed, and for a pond to be dug on her farm. She also received 5 bred heifers from the Heifer International program. Even at her ripe age, she hasn’t slowed down much. Mrs. Hannah had three children of her own (son is deceased) and she is a widow. She is still farming with the help of her grandsons and has plans to get more cows and goats in the near future. She contributes her good health to God and eating from the land that God created. She never misses a workshop, seminar, field trip, or conference where WCSHC is involved. She is forever increasing her knowledge and skills and keeping pace with whatever the present and future have to offer. After 27 years, she is still active and supportive of the organization that she helped to birth. She attends every meeting and is always in uniform (her WCSHC Tshirt or Sweat shirt). Her commitment is exemplary and a challenge to us all. Always ready to share her wisdom, if you stay around her longer than a few minutes, you will hear her say, “I remember when.” Then, you know that it’s time to sit up and pay attention. WCSHC is not an organization that has only been on the receiving end. It gives back to the community in many ways. Many are benefiting from the efforts of her and three others. I have a feeling that many will benefit even long after she has gone off the scene. But for sure, she will go down in history in Winston County as well as other counties, possibly all over the United States as a Matriarch and a Woman of Distinction who helped save Rural America.
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Winston County Self Help Cooperative reaches out to Mr. Arthur Thigpen, Continued from pg. 4
through the woods from here. My mother’s name was Julia Sumrall and she had 8 children. I was the second oldest. We share cropped on a white fellow’s place, Mr. John Chatham. It was tough times being share croppers. We helped farm cotton, corn, and sugar cane. There were cows, hogs, chickens and vegetables on the farm. We had just about anything on the farm that we needed to make a living. We worked very hard just to get by. We lived in an old house without indoor plumbing and it was very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I always said that when I got old enough I was going to get away from here, and sure enough, I did. In 1964, I turned 18 years old and I moved to New Jersey where I had cousins. This was about the same time that the civil rights movement got started and there were no good jobs for Black people in the South. You had to go north just to get a good job and to have a better life. Blacks could go north and get good jobs in the Manufacturing and Industrial companies. When I got to New Jersey, I went to a Machinist school and learned to be a professional Machinist. I worked with Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Company for 45 years. I had learned how to work back home and the Lord blessed me to do well. I always I knew that I wanted to come back home when I retired. Things had improved in the South; therefore living conditions were much better for Blacks. Prior to retiring, I found out through a relative about 28 acres of land that was for sale and I purchased it (he pointed across the road to where the pasture is). This land is very close in proximity to the land we share cropped. In 2008, I purchased another 12 acres with this house. It became available and I bought it. I was very blessed to be able to get the house and 12 acres directly across the road from the 28 acre farm. So now I have a total of 40 acres here. In 2009, I retired and
returned home after 45 years in New Jersey. Shortly after returning home I began to clear the 28 acres of underbrush to prepare for pasture land. In the early spring of 2010, I went to the USDA Farm Service Center to request assistance to establish my new farm. With advice from the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) 2501 staff and Mr. Chester Bradley, a neighboring farmer who serves on the local soil and water board, I have been able to move forward without much trouble. After registering my farm with Farm Service Agency (FSA), I signed up with Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) to participate in their conservation programs. I was told by the NRCS that I needed to install perimeter fences before I could receive assistance through their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program. So after clearing 28 acres and installing the fencing, NRCS came out to the farm, inspected the work to insure it was done according to their specifications, then assisted me with a pond for livestock watering, lime, seed, and fertilizer to help establish permanent forage for grazing, cross fencing for cattle rotation and efficient grazing, and corral/shoot/ head gate to work and load my cows. I have also completed training for a health program that allows me to administer required vaccinations and worming for my animals. After completion of every EQIP practice, NRCS wasted no time in coming out to the farm, inspecting the work, and completing their portion of the funding. I later found out that I could receive assistance from FSA to purchase cattle through a low interest loan. After being approved for the loan, I purchased 15 bred heifers. All 15 have given birth, however I lost 2 of the calves. I have been able to sale 11 calves and still have 2 smaller calves that were born late. All the heifers have been rebred and are due to deliver their second set of calves in February. I
have since joined the Jasper/ Smith County Cattlemen Association and they have been able to locate a good market for our calves. My plan this spring is to add 7 more bred heifers to my herd which will give me a total of 22 mother cows. That is about the limit for my place. At present I will maintain the 22 head that I have. If more land becomes available, I might consider enlarging my herd. I have enjoyed coming home and building my farm. Do just about all the work….I guess my 7 year old daughter is the only one that enjoys working with the cows. She likes coming out and helping me feed and move the cows from one pasture to another. She likes nature, being outside and working with animals. She is also thinking about joining the 4-H Club Youth organization and maybe even showing a calf in the show. Organizations and programs like Winston County Self Help Cooperative 2501 Outreach have been very helpful in providing guidance and direction on how to get the assistance I needed. They have informed me on where to go and what to ask for, in terms of getting help from USDA, Extension Services, and other service providers. I would encourage anyone getting started in farming to seek out organizations or cooperatives like WCSHC; they have been very instrumental in helping me get my farm going. That’s Arthur Thigpen’s story. He is just one beginning farmer who Winston County Self Help Cooperative 2051 Outreach staff has reached out to. He says that his relationship with WCSHC actually put him ahead in his plans to establish his farm. WCSHC has helped other beginning farmers and members of many communities in various ways. We are looking for other beginning farmers like Mr. Thigpen. Our goal is to Help Save Rural America, one farmer at a time.
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WCSHC members provide local produce for Winston County, Continued from pg. 5
capacity of manager, says that 35 to 40% of the producers selling their goods at the market were WCSHC members. She thought the turnout was very impressive. “The project actually exceeded my expectations”, Jean commented. She gives credit to the producers, the consumers, and big kudos to the volunteers that help make this year’s market a success. Jean Harper advised that the Market will close in December, but will reopen in the spring of 2014. She is predicting that next year’s participation will exceed this year’s, from the perspective of both producer and consumer. Honored that he was asked to participate in the restructure of Winston County’s Farmers’ Market, WCSHC member Shelton Cooper felt that he was up for the challenge. Shelton was born and raised in Winston County and grew up on a farm; therefore he is no stranger to farming. A man in his mid fifties, he says, “I’ve been farming all my life.” This is certainly not Shelton’s first time to participate in a Farmers’ Market, however, this time he was better prepared and now has more time to dedicate to farming. Through the years, Shelton has gained more experience and pretty much improved his farming skills. He describes this year’s experience as “Very Interesting.” “There was more Black participation than in prior years as well as more of a variety of products being offered, such as arts and crafts. I saw a lot of familiar faces, but I also met a lot of new people,” says Shelton. There are rumors that the Winston County Farmers’ Market may expand to year round. If that is the case, Shelton plans to participate if his crops come in as planned. This season, he offered peppers, squash, okra, and melons. This year’s drought prohibited the crop production he had expected, but next spring, Shelton is hoping for a better yield. Bobby Hardin is another WCSHC member who brought his fresh produce to the Market to sell. Red and Green tomatoes, Jalapeño peppers, Cayenne peppers, and Egg Plants were all heavy hitters with the customers. He was the only producer to offer egg plant. Like Shelton, Bobby also has a lifelong experience in farming. He feels that the Farmers’ Market is good for the Small Farmer as well as the community and would like to see it expand to at least 2 days per week. In the past, Bobby has helped many families in need by giving them fresh produce, but still some went to waste. Bobby feels the Farmers’ Market will not only help to eliminate the waste, but it is also
a vehicle to get fresh locally grown produce into the homes and on the tables of more families within the Winston County communities. This was Bobby’s first time to participate in a Farmers’ Market and he felt that it was a good idea, overall. My husband Alonzo and I also participated in the Market. Farming is his passion. He felt the experience was good both economically and socially. “I was glad to be able to provide healthy food for the community,” he commented. When asked what the highlight of his experience was, he replied: “I guess I would have to say, the repeat customers. Knowing that people appreciated our produce and wanted it enough to return each week was really big.” He is hoping that the Farmers’ Market will expand and says that it is an excellent outlet for our products. As for me, a newcomer to farming, “it gives me a sense of pride to know that I am supplying quality, home grown produce to the local community and participating in the effort to encourage families of Winston County to adopt healthier eating lifestyles.” The state of Mississippi is among the top ranked when it comes to obesity in the United States. We all know that the culprit here is lack of exercise in addition to what we are putting into our bodies. We live in a “right now” society where fast food has become the biggest supporter of our daily intake of food, especially among our children. A number of young mothers prefer spending as less time in the kitchen as possible. And to them, cooking a healthy meal for their families requires too much of their time and attention. I would have agreed with this if I were still buying my produce out of the grocery stores. Since growing my own vegetables, I’ve discovered that the preparation time is reduced by more than half because I don’t have to break down the preservatives and chemicals sometimes used for protection during shipping or to prolong the shelf life of the food. For example, when I lived in the “Big City” it took at least 2 hours to prepare a pot of greens. Even then, I never obtained the level of tenderness that I now experience with fresh locally grown greens. Fifteen, twenty minutes at the most, my greens are ready to eat and enjoy. My fresh greens are really fresh and did not have to travel 500 to 1000 miles to get to a neighborhood store. It just feels good to know that families are eating healthier and WCSHC members provide local, Continued on pg. 7
Perry County USDA’s Meeting
By Frank Taylor
As traffic moved east and west on U. S. Highway 98 in New Augusta, MS…farmers started gathering at Perry Central High School for an informative USDA’s Outreach Meeting on April 1, 2013. Winston County Self Help Cooperative and Perry County Self Help Group worked jointly in assembling 35 landowners from Perry and Forrest Counties with common goals of learning how to navigate USDA Programs and become effective manager of their Natural Resources. Frederick (Skip) Jackson and other Local Farmers asked a barrage of questions concerning of services offered through Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development. “We need immediate assistance with grazing, irrigation, tree planting, invasive species and operating loans. Farming
and forestry provides subsistence incomes for most families in the Pine Belt to help defray unexpected incidents and emergences. Therefore, we convened here today to quiz our local USDA and Extension Personnel for possible results to help our farmers move forward in 2013 Cropping Season. Rachae Martin, ASU Business Management Training Officer highlighted the need for Record Keeping practices to help determine the means of operating. Ken Barron, USDA Farm Service Agency, Perry County CED said farmers should participate in the County Committee Election and nomination period starts on June 17, 2013. County Committee meets on average 4-5 times per year. County Committee creates and develops polices for hiring local office personnel and setting disaster payments. Clint Bulter, Farm Loan Program, Farm
Service Agency elaborated on the new and less cumbersome micro loan. You can borrow up $35,000 for to purchase livestock, Farm Equipment or planting purposes. Loan application consisted of less than six pages to complete and you will receive notification within three weeks. Paul Caves, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Perry County District Conservationist emphasized several new programs for Small Landowners including the Small Ruminant’s Sign-Up which ends on Friday April 19, 2013. Wesley Kerr, NRCS, Area 3 Conservationist reiterated NRCS’ mantra of helping people to help the land. We provide Financial Assistance to landowners and farmers by a ranking system based on needs of practices. Visit your local office of United States Department of Agriculture for more information and join the effort to help save Rural America.
HEALTH HELP PRESENTS TO WINSTON COUNTY SELF HELP COOPERATIVE
Health Help Mississippi, a Nonprofit Organization, was honored to be a Guest Speaker for the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) June Meeting. “It was very enlightening to observe the organization’s enthusiasm and interaction with their members” said Lateshia Butler. Program Manager for the Starkville Office of Health Help Mississippi. Butler also stated that WCSHC’s purpose of helping and providing services to its members, the community, and other Small Farmers have created sustainability with the Rural
Communities through WCSHC’s service area. Health Help Mississippi took the opportunity to educate the attendees about is services. Those services include, educating and assisting Mississippians on their Health Coverage options, whether they be public or private Health Care Services. Additionally, Health Help Mississippi can work with Mississippians as they navigate the new benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Also, Health Help Counselors can help eligible consumers keep up-to-date on the latest Medicaid/
CHIP information, understand their rights and responsibilities as a beneficiary, assist in consumer appeals (Medicaid/CHIP)/Private Insurance), Private Insurance assistance (i.e. coverage for children w/pre-existing conditions, coverage for children up to age 26 and enrollment in MS Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool plan. Health Help Mississippi looks forward to working with WCSHC to ensure that their health plans. Like WCSHC, Health Help is dedicated to helping and providing services to all Mississippians. In addition to serving Winston County, Health Help Mississippi-Starkville Office also serve Oktibbeha, Clay, Lowndes, Montgomery, Webster, Choctaw, Attala, Noxubee, Leake, Neshoba, Kemper, Lauderdale, Clarke, Jasper, Smith, Scott and Newton Counties. If you or your family has questions about Health Help Mississippi Free Services, our office can be reached at 662615-6060, toll free at 1-877-3143843, or at our website www. healthhelpms.org
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WCSHC Day in LA
Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) had an enjoyable and hands on Field Day in St. Helena & Tangipahoa Parishes. On June 10, 2013, fourteen members of WCSHC tagged along with the ST. Helena Parish youths for a Field Day on several farms before winding down for a mouthwatering afternoon meal at St. Helena Parish Park in Greensburg, LA. Our first stop was at the LSU AgCenter of the Southeast Research Station located in Franklinton, Louisiana. The Ag-Center houses Holstein Dairy cows. A Female Heifer is artificially inseminated, gives birth in cooler months, and then produces up to 10 gallons of milk daily. The Bull Calves are sold and the heifers are placed in freestyle stalls for approximately 300 days for milking and released for 60 days in a pasture to begin
the cycle over. The cows are fed prepared forage to enhance milk production. Some of the cows wear ankle bracelets to track such items as their weight and amount of milk produced. If any type of illness is detected, the milk is used for research and not marketed. The cows are lead from the freestyle stalls twice a day for milking. They travel to the wash pen to be cleansed for 4 minutes and allowed to drip dry for 10 minutes. They are lead 10 at a time to the milking stalls and are milked for 5 minutes. This is the point where the ankle bracelet identifies the cow and tracks the weight and white blood cells that measures infections. In the stalls, each nipple of the tit is manually cleansed, and then each nipple is squirted, and is dipped in a disinfectant and wiped off after 10 seconds before attaching the suction cups. A dip is placed
on each nipple when completed for protection of germs because it takes 40 minutes for the opening of the nipple to close up. The milk travels to the Pumping Station that can hold up to 3000 gallons to be collected every other day. The AgCenter also takes care of Gerdie. She is a cow that is 5 years old, has never been pregnant, weighs 1920 pounds, and is used for research. Cows have 4 stomachs. Gerdie has a fistula in her 4th stomach. A fistula is an opening into the stomach that allows you to remove liquid called rimming fluid with a cup from the stomach. The temperature inside the fistula is normally 102 degrees. Rimming fluid is collected 3 times a week to be tested with different feed to determine digestibility of the product. Gerdie eats 30 pounds of alfalfa daily, has her own living quarters and caretaker, and is loaned out for exhibits. The next stopped was in Tangipahoa Parish where Legendary Farmer Quincy Walker consists of farms 10 acres of White Potatoes, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Squash, string Beans, Peas, Butterbeans, Corn, Okras, and Cucumbers. A recent storm destroyed a portion of his crop which resulted in plowing up his white potatoes. We collected bags and had an “ash” potato picking good time. We also enjoyed mouth-watering, juicy blackberries that grow freely at his front door before departing. We returned to Greensburg to visit Mr. Richard Johnson of Johnson Horse Farm. He trains horses for show and rodeos and has
an on-site Rodeo Field. The youth enjoyed Horseback riding while the adults watched Mr. Johnson shoe horses. Shoes are placed on horses after reaching a year old. The nails (hoofs) are cleaned and filed prior to attaching the shoe. Shoe sizes begin at 00 to size 3 and the hoof is file to fit the shoe. We could not pass Mr. Warner Hall’s Farm without stopping. Mr. Hall has the “largest garden ever” as described by one of the youth. He grows horticulture Beans, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Tomatoes, Yellow Onions, Mississippi Purple Hull Peas, Cucumbers, Jackson Wonder Butterbeans, Snap Peas, Big Stripe and Star Bright Watermelons, Red Beans, G90 Sweet Corn, Merit Corn, Perkins Okras, and Yellow Straight Squash. His garden may be the largest, but it is the cleanest that I have seen. He has a regular supply of locals that enjoys his produce as well as his children. As we returned to the St. Helena Parish Park, a “make you want to slap yo mama” meal was waiting for us. Mr. Hall and family did it again! The Beef Brisket and Grilled Chicken, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Baked Beans, Roll, Cake, and drinks brought our educational, Fun-Filled, Hot Day to an end. LSU gave us a tour of their Portable Educational Trailer and the LSU Extension office gave facts about nutrition to the youths as well as us fellowshipped during our meal. Our heads were filled with knowledge, our stomach with food, and our sacks with fresh vegetables. Oh, what a wonderful day in LA.
On the road again with WCSHC
April started out with a bang! Driving a group of farmers over hundreds of miles was very uplifting, enjoyable, and knowledgeable. On Tuesday of April 2, 2013, our quest began at The Piney Woods School on Highway 49 South in Piney Woods, Mississippi. The school that “changes the world ... one student at a time”. Piney Woods was founded in 1909 by Laurence Clifton Jones by way of Iowa arriving in Mississippi with his college diploma, a Bible, and $1.65
in his pocket. He had a vision of a school where the Head, Heart, and Hands education in Mississippi would be available to Rural Blacks. He began teaching under a Cedar Tree and later had a log cabin and 40 acres of land donated to him by a former slave. With the help of his wife and three children, Piney Woods provided a learning and academic environment where students excelled. Piney Woods has had only four Presidents, accepts students in grades 9 12, and each senior receiving a
scholarship after completion of 450 hours of community service. The school is open to students of all racial backgrounds and fees are based on each student’s family income. Students are accepted both nationally and internationally and 98% of graduates enroll in colleges and universities throughout the nation. Leaving Piney Woods, we had a visual tour of Jackson State University prior to traveling to Gregory and Sons Farm in Florence, Mississippi. We toured the Family Farm and Mr. Gregory
gave instructions on different types of chemicals, the correct usage, and how to irrigate the land correctly. The farm produces a variety of crops that is sold to market and the surplus is donated to Food Banks instead of left out to rot. We ended with a mouth watering meal prepared by Mrs. Gregory next door to the farm at the South Rankin County Farmers Association’s Building. We enjoyed the sit-down meal during an outreach meeting and a live radio broadcast before departing.
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WCSHC members provide local, Continued from pg. 6 children are getting food on their tables that add nutritional value to their diets. My experience at the Winston County Farmers’ Market afforded me the opportunity to get to know my customers and dialogue with them about the produce that they purchased. That seldom happens in the grocery store. We also talked about the preparation of the product and exchanged recipes. My husband and I met a group of Winston County residents originally from India who asked us to grow one of their native peas on our farm for their families. So as you can see, the market is also an ideal source for networking. We too would like for the market to extend its days to at least 2 per week. However, our patrons were able to purchase our produce any day of the week directly from our farm. This also gave them the opportunity to see exactly how the food was being grown. Sometimes, my husband would walk right out into the watermelon patch and pick 1, sometimes 50 for a customer. “How cool is that?” I guess the highlight of the Winston County Farmers’ Market for me was the relationships we built with the community. This season, we provided squash, okra, corn, purple hull peas, speckle purple hull peas, bell peppers, banana peppers, cucumbers, melons, and pears. Our winter harvest will be collards, mustards, and turnip greens, as well as broccoli and cabbages. Additionally, I plan to offer some value added products such as home made jellies, preserves, and hot pepper sauce. I think everyone will agree that this year’s Winston County Farmers’ Market got off to a great start. Equally, I think we all agree that our great start was result of the leadership and guidance provided by MSU Extension Services. It appears that Mike Skipper, our local County Extension Director, is always available to point us in the right direction. Mike met with the farmers, organizers, and other vendors, weeks prior to the start of the Farmers’ Market and provided valuable information on how to have a successful market. He advised us on the “Do’s and Don’ts” for marketing fresh produce. Mike’s tips for displaying fresh produce were most instrumental to my sales. Presentation indeed makes a difference. I would encourage everyone to support their local Farmers’ Market and get on board to a lifestyle of healthy eating. It could possibly mean fewer trips to the doctor and a longer life. Hats off to WCSHC members Thomas Coleman, Ron Spears and Dee Dotson for also participating in the market, but were not available for comments
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WCSHC 6th Business Session & Field Day WCSHC discovers one of
Mississippi’s best kept secrets
By Peggy Miller
As the sun slowly settled over Mt. Sinai Community, Winston County Self Help Cooperative Members gathered in chairs and on back of tailgates for an enthralling, enlightening, entertaining, engrossing and empowering 6th Business Session on Tuesday April 23, 2013 at Leon & Linda Stephen’s Goat Farm Southeast of Louisville, MS off highway 397. The Stephens welcomed members and visitors with grandiose smiles and assisted with parking vehicles. This hospitality created an atmosphere of hope to learn about opportunities in Rural America. This Business Session started promptly 4:50pm as founding member Bobby Hardin solicited the throne for grace. Alonzo Miller motioned and Rosie Harris seconded to accept minutes as printed. Winston County Farm Service Agency’s County Committee Nomination period starts on June 17, & ends Aug 1, 2013. Members recounted April’s events including Piney Woods School & Jackson State University’s Tours, Gregory’s Field Day, Heifer International Staff Visitation, USDA Outreach Meetings, LIVE Radio Broadcasts, Rust College, Women Tour, Cattle Boot Camp, Youth Forum, Cool Season Forages Tour, Local Farmers’ Market Meeting and other Educational Activities. Members purchased Coop Hay $20.00 per roll and if, you need hay contact Alonzo Miller. Co-op and Youth Group’s Raised Beds continue to mature towards a plentiful harvest of vegetables. Peggy Miller will continue conversations with Mike Skipper in organizing Canning Workshops. We will utilize local grown vegetables for workshops. Frank Taylor, Team Leader talked extensively about Heifer International’s Gift. WCSHC received a Grant of $74.500 in 2001 to purchase heifers & bulls. Initiatively, we purchased 40 Bred Heifers on August 8, 2002 and distributed 5 each to eight members with promises of returning five quality heifers back to WCSHC
as pass on(s). On March 20, 2005, we procured an additionally 20 Bred Heifers and dispensed among four members. WCSHC normally place five quality heifers with an agreement of you returning 5 quality heifers back over a period three years. However, there could be some usual circumstances and WCSHC will consider extending your pass on period. Members, your Honesty & Integrity guides WCSHC’s pass on process. Other members need your pass on(s) to start their Cattle Operations. WCSHC conducted its first pass on June 11, 2005 at Cooperative’s Pasture. Roger Jones, Heifer International’s South Central Project Leader participated and offered kudos for passing on 11 quality heifers. WCSHC requires pass on recipients to submit births or deaths of pass on animals for certificates. If, a pass on animal(s) died, you must contact office and Frank Taylor immediately before disposing of carcass to establish the official cause of death. WCSHC’s yearly dues pay in full by June 30, 2013. WCSHC received a grant of $24,500.00 from the Self Development of People Organization (Presbyterian Church) in 2006. WCSHC purchased a tractor and implements with funds. Members can utilize tractor if an (emergency exit). WCSHC utilizes tractor to maintain Co-op’s Pasture. WCSHC members owes Mary Hannah, Bobby Hardin, Omerio and Dee Dotson a large order of gratitude for forming Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s in 1985. These individuals spent an enormous amount of personal time and monies in developing this Award Winning Team. WCSHC will not allow constant disruptions from members or individuals in the growth of this vehicle of change. Members must attend Business Sessions, engage in Group Activities, host Field Days, participate in workshops, volunteer in local your community and provide leadership for the next generation of people. Everybody wants to win;
however, only a few people will exert the needed energies to build a Winning Team-WCSHC requires a commitment of getting it done for humankind. Field Day Activities started with words of welcome from Linda Stephen offering gratitude for wonderful weather and thanked individuals for participating in this educational event. Additionally, Linda said we currently manage 14 goats which include a set of twin born this week. Linda’s green thumb displayed an array of maturing and producing plants of Kale, Onions and Strawberries grown locally. Lindsey Singleton, NRCS, Winston County Soil Conservationist said Linda & Leon received Cross Fence, pasture Improvements, heavy use and other services through NRCS’ EQIP. Stephens secured services through USDA as first time users in 2012. Leon informed several members on how to manage a Herd of Goat and marketing through various outlets. He said Ripley, MS’ Market paid $3.99 per pound. You can raise seven goats on one acre of good forages. Mature Female Goats normally deliver 2 births in a one year cycle. We used Great Pyrenees Dogs to protect goats from predators. Field Day Activities concluded with Linda serving a magnificent meal including Spicy Gumbo, Salad, Cake, Water, Sodas and other goodies. WCSHC Group Photos will occur in July 2013. WCSHC’s Farmers Market Corner / Locally Grown Vegetables for Sale Warner Hall’s Farm 2192 Hwy 1042 Greensburg, LA 70441 Phone 225-931-0534 Quincy Walker’s Farm 69035 Charles McDaniel Road Kentwood, Louisiana 70444 Phone 985-5148164 Robert Robinson’s Farm 353 Greenwich Drive Brookhaven, MS 39601 601-833-6492 AM & PM’s Farm 5020 Highpoint Weir Road Louisville, MS 39339 662-705-1257
Holly Springs, Mississippi is where a vanload of Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) members headed on early morning, March 4, 2013. Always eager to reach out to others and share our passion to “Save Rural America”, the day’s destination was none other than nationally raked, Rust College. For those readers who are not quite sure where Rust College is located, she sits in the northwestern part of Mississippi, approximately 35 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Additionally, in case you did not know… Rust is a historically black, coeducational, Senior Liberal Arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Related to the United Methodist Church, its mission is to serve the students with a variety of academic preparations, through instruction in the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Science, Business, Technology, and Education. With a primary focus on teaching, Rust College offers a well-rounded program designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral, and spiritual values, both in theory and in practice. Rust College provides an opportunity for education to all, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethnic background. On board the van that particular day, was a 1961 Rust College graduate who just happens to be one of the founding members of the WCSHC, Mrs. Mary Beasley Hannah. It had been quite some time since Mrs. Hannah had visited the 126-acre campus and she was in awe to see the growth and changes that had taken place. She pointed out several times, “That used to be this” or “I remember when that was.” In general, I would guess that she was as proud to be there on that day, as she was when attending classes there some fifty plus years ago. Now then, after arriving on campus our first stop was the McCoy Administration Building and there we met with Mr. Johnny McDonald, Director of Enrollment Services. Mr. McDonald shared some fascinating facts with our group about the past, present, and future of Rust College, providing much of the information mentioned earlier. One specific piece of information he seemed to take pride in was the fact that the school’s enrollment rate had increased by more than 10 percent from last year (2012) to this year (2013). We also learned that the Science building houses a very Hitech greenhouse performing under
the direction of Dr. Frank Yeh, Professor and Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Yeh has been a Chemistry Instructor for 31 years and has been exceptionally instrumental in graduating over 50 students with PHDs in Chemistry and the Medical fields. We had planned to tour the greenhouse but unfortunately ran short on time. Innovative and planning for the future, Mr. McDonald spoke about Rust College’s investment into the purchase of Mississippi Industrial (M.I.) College. M.I. was previously a historically black college also located in Holly Springs, Mississippi just across the road from the Rust College campus. The Mississippi Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church founded M.I. in 1905. The school set on 120 acres with purpose to train students for agriculture and trades, however; after the desegregation of Mississippi community colleges, many of the students chose to go to other schools and the campus closed in 1982. Rust College acquired the acreage in 2008 and is currently working to revive as many buildings as possible. Mr. McDonald shared that the project is quite costly and the school has not acquired the historically young alumni support as they had hoped. Therefore, long-term plans for the campus are still uncertain at this time. Mr. McDonald disclosed that Rust face some of the same challenges as other small colleges concerning loan defaults of students who drop out of college. However, in an attempt to implement ways to keep students from borrowing so much money, Rust is developing Enrollment as well as Retention strategies to help combat this issue. The college currently offers various scholarships to potential students. Scholarships offered include, Honor Track Scholarship, United Methodist Scholarship, United Methodist Tuition Grant, Dependents of United Methodist and CME Ministers Tuition Discount Grant, Marshal County Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Academic Dean Scholarship and others. Students may also apply for grants, and other financial assistance through the college, including a Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant. If you are in the market for a top-rated college education, looks like Rust College provides an array of assistance and opportunities to help you reach your educational goals. Before departing from the Administration Building, we also had the pleasure of meeting Dr. WCSHC discovers one of, Continued on pg. 10
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WCSHC Outreach Meeting Tippah County Winston County Self Help
Cooperative (SFOT&TAP) first three quarters summary: September 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013
By Peggy Miller
With about an hour and a half of daylight remaining in the day, WCSHC members left Holly Springs, Mississippi and made their way to Ripley, Mississippi. WCSHC in partnership with Tippah County Extension Services, Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), and Farm Service Agency (FSA) were meeting with small, underserved and socially disadvantage farmers in the county to address their needs and offer assistance through educational, informational, funding, and other support methods. After prayer was offered, WCSHC President, Frank Taylor got things underway by providing the purpose of the meeting and then turned the floor over to Nick Simmons, Tippah County Extension Service agent. Mr. Simmons explained in detail, the services offered by the MSU Extension Services. He advised that the office and agents in every county were committed to meeting specific needs of every farmer. In an effort to correct prior shortcomings, each county were conducting meetings to reach out to the small farmer to let them know they are available to assist and that all services are free. Mr. Simmons also provided the official
website as www.msucares.com. Justin Preston and Robert Winbish from NRCS presented information pertaining to NRCS practices and Cost Sharing. Mr. Winbish explained that the Small Ruminant Initiative program mainly addresses sheep and goats and that there was five hundred thousand dollars set up in funds to service the entire state of Mississippi. In order to participate in the program, the farmer must already have sheep or goats on the land. There is cost share provided for Net Wire fencing with the following requirements: • Must already have fencing, but it is not functional (will not hold animals in) • Construction of fence is to correct an existing situation • Cannot be for the purpose of expanding, based on the existing number of animals • To install watering system would fall under a different cost share program • Deadline to apply is April 19, 2013 They also addressed the following concerns of the farmers attending the meeting regarding: • The need for cross fencing and allowing grass to rest for a 30 day period • Managing 5 to 7 cows per acre
• Watering facilities such as ponds • Heavy use areas • Fertilization • Any diversions would have to be addressed on an individual basis Blake McCoy, FSA for Tippah and Benton addressed Row Crop producers, and the Conservation Reserve program (putting land into grass and trees for 10 to 15 years). The Conservation Reserve program comes with the stipulation that the land must have been cropped 4 out of 6 years from 2001 to 2007. Mr. McCoy also covered the new Microloan set up to help small farmers with their operations. He also briefly covered other Subsidy programs and types of soil. All of the small farmers attending the outreach meeting had additional individual questions and concerns for the representatives to address. It was quite evident that they needed much assistance, but at least they now had faces, names, and locations, but more important, they had a commitment from each individual representative that they would receive the help they had been struggling to get in the past. The level of frustration was certainly lower than before the meeting began. The meeting was a success.
Sampson Byrd’s Mission & Commitment
By Frank Taylor
As I prepared to travel south into Lincoln County, an ominous set of clouds unveiled doubts of uncertainty whether the planned Beef Cattle Field Day would occur at Mr. Sampson Byrd’s Beef Cattle Farm located 1420 Heucks Road Brookhaven, MS. However, Mr. Sampson Byrd’s faith in God allowed rain to end in a timely fashion for this educational event
to start promptly at 5:30pm. Mr. Sampson Byrd is passionately committed in making a difference in Rural America by continuing yesterday’s practices to ensure future generation of children have access to clean water & air and enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts of fresh foods and a place for families to build quality lives. As a young boy, Mr. Sampson Byrd lived on a 40 acre farm in Rural Franklin County, MS where he learned the principles of work under the stewardship of his parents and grandparents. The Byrd’s clan consisted of 9 siblings helping raise vegetables, cattle, and forestry as sources of income. Mr. Sampson stated, “My grandparents’ garnered income as blacksmiths” and through this venture Sampson’s cultivated a passionate attitude of managing his farm with love and care. Today Sampson continues the family’s farm legacy by raising poultry, cattle, vegetables and
managing forestry land. “I take pleasure in watching my cattle consuming forages, drinking water from the pond and growing trees with financial assistance through Mississippi Natural Resources Conservation Service. Initiatively, I applied for financial assistance without success over a period of years”. However, Mr. Sampson Byrd’s persistence and commitment came to fruition in 2010 under the leadership of Lincoln County’s NRCS District Conservationist Dennis Jones. Sampson received financial assistance through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program for a dug pond, cross fence and pasture improvement which has enhanced farm operations. Sampson said Dennis Jones spent an enormous amount of time developing a conservation Sampson Byrd’s Mission, Continued on pg. 10
The Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) initiated its third year of operation with the Small Farm Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program (SFOT&TAP). The main purpose of the program is to enhance the viability and profitability of small farmers / ranchers in rural Eastern Mississippi and Western Alabama by providing technical and managerial assistance to our targeted audience. WCSHC received a grant from The USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach to carry out the goals and objectives of the program. Our targeted audience consists of three hundred and fifty (350) small farmers / ranchers who owned or leased land for agricultural production. WCSHC partnered with USDA Agencies, Land Grant Universities and other local and state agencies to address the needs of small farmers / ranchers in our targeted areas. During the first three quarters thirty one (31) USDA Programs Awareness Workshops were conducted. These workshops informed small farmers/ranchers of USDA Programs availability as well as other programs offered on the federal, state and county levels. Our program staff worked closely with Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, Land grant University’s and other partners to conduct these informational workshops. Natural Resource Conservation Service discussed financial assistance Programs, livestock management, small ruminants and Specialty Crop Initiatives. Farm Service Agency discussed the new MicroLoan Program and other lending resources. Rural Development discussed their housing loans and grants. The majority of these workshops were held on small farmers /ranchers farms. Approximately one thousand four hundred and twenty four (1424) small farmers/ ranchers and public citizens were in attendance. Thirty two (32) additional workshops were conducted during the first three quarters which includes forestry production, hoop house production training, crop and livestock production, marketing of
alternative crops, credit counseling, whole farm planning, food safety, canning and preserving. Approximately two thousand one hundred and fifty seven (2,157) small farmers/ ranchers were in attendance. Many small farmers / ranchers took advantage of Natural Resource Conservation Service Programs. One that we feel that was the most helpful to our program participants was the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). Approximately forty nine (49) small farmers / ranchers were able to receive financial assistance with the construction of hoop houses, fencing, developing of ponds, land grazing and irrigation. Many low-income individuals were assisted with of USDA Rural Development Housing Programs (RD). Most participants were not able to receive financial assistance through conventional lenders to obtain a home loan because of poor credit, lack of capital and low-family income. WCSHC (SFOT&TAP) in cooperation with Rural Development (RD) conducted seminars, workshops and provided credit counseling to those individuals to ensure that they meet the guidelines to apply for the Section 504 and 502 housing programs offered through Rural Development (RD). WCSHC four (4) youth groups conducted forty eight (48) meetings and workshops which consisted of making a positive first impression; alcohol and drug abuse; abstinence; preparing meals at home; constructing raise bed garden; nutrition and exercising and other educational programs. Approximately six hundred and ninety (690) youth were in attendance. During the first three quarter of the project, WCSHC developed a wide array of materials that small farmers / ranchers could utilize to help increase their awareness of USDA and other Programs which could enrich their farming operations and become more sustainable. The most effective materials created to publicize, administer and recruit Winston County Self Help, Continued on pg. 10
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WCSHC discovers one of, Continued from pg. 8 Paul Lampley who is a native of Louisville, Mississippi. Dr. Lampley is currently serving as Vice-President of Academic Affairs and is the brother of WCSHC member, Carnette Hudson. Next stop on the campus was Price Library, named for the world renowned African American Soprano and legendary Metropolitan Opera Singer, Leontyne Price. I, myself remember Ms. Price’s celebrated roll as Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She was born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1927 and was fortunate to attend Julliard where she received voice training. In 1967, Ms. Priced sang a benefit concert for Rust College. Following that concert, the award winning library building was dedicated in her honor in December of 1969. Ms. Cynthia Cole was our tour guide as we made our way through the library. She took us to the International Room, which was actually a small museum. I do not think any of us was prepared for what we experienced. This room housed exhibits and artifacts from countries traveled by staff members. After returning home, they donated the artifacts to the school. Vibrant colored wardrobes displayed elegantly on mannequins also represented different countries from around the world, including the United States of America, West Africa, Norway, Denmark, India, Pakistan, Mexico, China, Egypt and Israel . Among the collection were jewelry, musical instruments, and even flags representing native states and countries of the students attending Rust College. Also in the Price Library, was the Roy Wilkins Room? Roy Ottoway Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but in his autobiography, Standing Fast, he writes, “I was not born in Mississippi, but my story begins there all the same, deep in the rolling hill country of northern Mississippi.” Another museum setting, this room was established in 1986 with items donated by the wife of the former Executive Secretary of the NAACP, also known as “Mr. Civil Rights.” The collection came to the Library from Mr. Wilkins’ home and consisted of a desk with everything set up as it was in his home. Much too many to name, but there were items such as the Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 98th Congress, 11th Annual NAACP Image Award, 1978 Special Image, approximately 30 Sampson Byrd’s Mission, Continued from pg. 9 plan for my farm. This document provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of conservation needs and recommends practices based on client’s goals. Mr. Sampson participated in other educational events sponsored by NRCS, WCSHC and Alcorn and Mississippi State Extension Service to learn about assistance for small farmers. After participating in a Longleaf Pine Field Day sponsored by NRCS in Monticello, MS, Mr. Sampson is now contemplating
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keys to cities presented to Mr. Wilkins and a copy of “Standing Fast”, his autobiography. To be that close to the personal belongings of someone considered to be among of the most powerful and respected civil rights leaders in America was quite remarkable. Without a doubt, Holly Springs, Mississippi and Rust College held a special place in the heart of Mr. Roy Wilkins. Then it was off to the cafeteria where the aroma of home cooked food could not be ignored. We dined on a menu that was fit for a Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s house. Chicken, dressing, collard greens, candied yams, and a multitude of other vegetables, fresh salads and a variety of cakes, pies, and fruit cobblers was extremely satisfying to the soul. I would be tempted to drop in again, just for the food. I applaud the cooks! Immediately following lunch, we began our WCSHC Outreach Meeting. Small farmers in the surrounding counties came to learn about available services offered by USDA. These farmers have recently organized their own CoOp with the help of the WCSHC. Representatives from local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were on hand to talk about the most recent practices and funding available to small farmers, specifically the Microloan offered by FSA. According to John Webber, agent for Farm Services, this loan is designed to have an easier application process and allows more people to qualify than loans offered in the past. Crops may also be used as security when applying for the Microloan. Overall, this loan is said to have less paperwork involved in the application process. Bruce Willis and Robert Winbish representing the NRCS addressed New Initiatives including Small Ruminant and Livestock. In regards to the small ruminant, they advised that economics favor sheep over goats. The two groups tagged teamed on the 2008 Farm Bill, which addresses the unique circumstances and concerns of historically underserved individuals and groups of socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited-resource farmers and ranchers. Jake Eads addressed USDA first time users and explained information required to get your farm registered with Farm Services. Our day on campus was not complete until Frank Taylor brought the Saving Rural America radio broadcast live from Rust
College. This broadcast not only featured some of the dignitaries in the Holly Springs area such as the Honorable Mayor Andre DeBerry, but also some of the new and upcoming entrepreneurs who are using their farms to launch their businesses. Among those featured on the radio broadcast was Candace Holland who raises goats with her parents and makes 10 varieties of Goat’s Milk soap. For those with allergies or sensitive skin, four soaps are unscented. Candace also sells the soaps in decorative baskets that make nice gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or any occasion. Contact information for Candace is: holland.farms@ yahoo.com. Evelyn Cummings, Executive Officer and Quality Control Specialist for C&G Farms spoke about her family owned and operated Farm business. C&G Farms sells farmed raised chicken and duck eggs and seasonal herbs and vegetables. Her special duck eggs are in high demand with the Asian market in the area. I learned that duck eggs are higher in fat content than chicken eggs and are great for baking. They are so rich that baking with duck eggs reduces the requirement for butter in recipes. To contact Ms. Cummings, you may email her at email@example.com or call her at (901) 412-8898. Farming for over 40 years, the Green family has decided to share some of the sweet treats that they have been enjoying for years with the public. Samantha Green brought some of her nutritional and gourmet muffins to the outreach meeting. The Green family uses fresh zucchini grown on the family farm to make healthy zucchini muffins, which they refer to as Z-Muffins. These delicious muffins come in five different flavors, Cinnamon Spice, Carrot Pecan, Raisin, Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate. You may be able to catch Samantha or other family members selling these muffins on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Agricenter’s Farmers Market in Memphis, TN or Hernando Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Z Muffins can also be purchased in Jackson, MS at Ricky’s Coffee Shop, The Coffee Roastery and Hudson News and Gift Shop at the Jackson International Airport. On the other hand, you if you are in the Memphis, TN area, you can find the Z Muffins at the Memphis International Airport or Miss Cordelia’s Grocery,
Harbortown Memphis, TN. Lilee’s Gourmet Bakery is located in Senatobia, MS and you can check them out on their website: www. lileesgourmetbakery.com. Then, there was Mrs. Geraldine Shaheed, a beautiful and classy grandmother who graced us with her presence. She is the author of a children’s book titled, “Amanda’s Poor Self Image.” The book teaches children how to have a good self-image. Mrs. Shaheed enjoys teaching young people about self-awareness and feels that every individual has a contribution to make in creating a harmonious society. She not only writes books, but also teaches Parenting classes. Amanda’s Poor Self Image can be purchased in bookstores, everywhere as well as online at Amazon.com. It is a very good read, the illustrations are wonderful and worth the cost. It is recommended for children 4 through 8 years of age. Before leaving campus, a couple of honorees became recipients of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative Saving Rural America Award. Mrs. Mary Hannah presented one of these prestige awards to the President of Rust College, Dr. David Beckley. The second Saving Rural America Award was presented to Marshall County USDA by WCSHC President, Mr. Frank Taylor. The award was accepted by Mr. Bruce Willis, NRCS, and District Conservationist for Marshall County. No stones were left unturned while on the campus of Rust College. One of the most important actions we took was to challenge Rust College to support local farmers by purchasing fresh produce from farms in the area to serve in the school cafeteria. It was an exciting day for me. Part of the day was like spending time in a History book, while the other half was building on the future. Making memories by meeting Mrs. Geraldine Shaheed who is still sharing her wisdom with the children of future generations was priceless. Learning how women like me build viable businesses just by taking raw materials from the farm and adding a few ingredients was inspiring. I agreed with Mayor DeBerry when he said, “The city of Holly Springs is one of Mississippi’s best kept secrets.” Now that I have discovered her, I think Holly Springs is a small town with lots of history, with an even bigger future ahead of her. Go see for yourself.
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planting Longleaf Pines after extracting present stand of timber. Mr. Sampson plans to sign up for financial assistance through NRCS for Longleaf reforestation practices after completion of harvest. Mr. Sampson’s pond allows young people in the Brookhaven area to earn their first fishing experiences under the guidance of responsible adults. Mr. Sampson said church members take pleasure in using our farm for recreation activities which adds benefits to their lives. Mr. Sampson concluded with this statement about participating in USDA’s Programs, “I will
encourage other Small Farmers and Landowners to investigate and learn about services offered to help improve farm operations and increase income. Also, I am thankful for the Lincoln County of office of USDA for providing services in a timely manner to help Save Rural America”. Lincoln County Beef Cattle Field Day continued with presentations from USDA Staff including Dwayne Oberschmidt, Lincoln County Executive Director-FSA, recounted County Committee Election Process which starts on June 17 as nomination
period open until August 1, 2013. Rodney Johnson, Farm Loan Specialist- FSA elaborated on micro, operating & ownership loans and Johnson highlighted the requirements to securitize loans. Dennis Jones, Supervisory District Conservationist, NRCS conversed on Lincoln County’s
resource concerns of grazing lands and forestry. Wesley Kerr, NRCS, Area 3 Conservationist concluded field day activities by encouraging participants to build relationships with local staff of USDA and participate in your county local work group to help determine resource concerns.
small farmers /ranchers were the WCSHC quarterly newsletters, brochures, promotional flyers, weekly radio talk shows and WCSHC Website. WCSHC Outreach and Assistance Program sponsored four (4) SAVING RURAL AMERICA & YOUTH CONFERENCES. Theme: Building Healthy Communities through Healthy Food. The purpose of the conferences are to provide an atmosphere of learning, networking and strengthening family values to help save rural communities as we reconnect with mother earth’s natural resources. The first conference was held on February 2, 2013 at the 4 C’s, Activity Center in Tylertown, MS. Approximately fifty five (55) small farmers/ranchers and other constituents were in attendance. The second conference was held on February 9, 2013 at the Multipurpose Bldg. in Collins, MS. Approximately eighty (80) small farmers/ranchers and other constituents were in attendance. The third conference was held on February 16, 2013 at the Wayne County Vocational Center in Waynesboro, MS. Approximately eighty five (85) small farmers/ ranchers and other constituents were in attendance. The fourth conference was held on February 23, 2013 at the Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS. Approximately one hundred and thirty (130) small farmers/ranchers and other constituents were in attendance. WCSHC Outreach and Assistance Program piloted one (1) Saving Rural America Rally. The goal for the rally were to engage farmers, consumers, service providers, stake holders, extension and other continents raise awareness of teamwork and to disseminate credible information to rural America which will propel end user to develop successful farm enterprises. The rally took place on March 11, 2013 in Amite La. Approximately one hundred and four (104) small farmers/ranchers, USDA Officials, state and local officials, extension personnel’s, consumers and others continents attended the rally. WCSHC Outreach and Assistance Program hosted twenty eight (28) talk show radio programs. These radio talk shows allowed USDA Officials, Extension and non-profit organizations personnel to dialogue Winston County Self Help, Continued on pg. 11
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Empowering, Enlightening, Entertaining & Enthralling
Richard and Ruthie Carter from Rural America By Frank Taylor
People traveled from far and near to participate in Wayne County’s Spring Field Day on Monday April 22, 2013 at Richard and Ruthie Carter’s Farm nestled in the tri-corner of Wayne, Jasper and Clarke Counties. As, I drove over and under the red sloping hills, I watched Mother Nature unveil budding plants being pollinated by bees which will provide fruit for human consumption within
55 days. The backsides of Rural America presented an opportunity to enjoy the sweeter moments of life without someone inhibiting my dreams of a better tomorrow. We followed GPS’s directions into Eucutta, MS, paused at the fourway stop and turned right onto Sugar Hill Road drove one mile and drifted right up the hill to the Carter Farm. Richard said on this farm, my parents raised a family of 2 girls and 4 boys. We worked as a family unit producing cotton,
corn, vegetables, and raising cattle and trees to earn income. My parents exemplify strength and honesty in maintaining this farm and we are thankful for this opportunity to continue our parents’ legacy. Currently, we are raising cattle, hay, vegetables and trees with technical assistance through the Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 2501 Program. WCSHC, Allen McReynolds, Agribusiness Management Specialist started working with the Carters in September 2010 to develop a longterm farm management plan. With careful thoughts and discussions Allen assisted the Carters in obtaining services through United States Department of Agriculture as first time users. The Carters worked with Joe McFadden, Wayne & Greene Counties, Farm Service Agency, County Executive Director in obtaining a farm number. McFadden highlighted various programs offered through FSA including loans and Crop Insurance information. However, the Carters needed assistance with forages, fence, water, pest management and soil health, therefore, McFadden referred the Carters to Natural Resources Conservation Service for assistance.
Kenny Caves, Wayne County, Local District Conservationist explained objections and choices to help enhance their farm operations. Carters decided to sign-up for practices through NRCS’s (EQIP) Environmental Quality Incentive Program in December 2010 and through the ranking process they qualified for numerous practices including heavy use, water troughs, cross fence, pasture improvements, and corral. These practices have added income and reduced input costs in managing our forages and corral provides safety in vaccinating and loading cattle. Mr. Carter said we are thankful to receive technical support through Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 2501 Program and Allen McReynolds. Additionally, we are appreciative to obtain Financial Assistance from Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve our Farm Operations. Field Day’s activities started 5:30pm with prayer from L. C. Smith Members of Wayne County Self Help Organization followed by welcomes from Richard and Ruthie Carter. Joe McFadden updated participants on current FSA’s programs including micro,
EXCITING YOUTH TIMES WITH THE WCSH YOUTH!!!
Winston County Self-Help (WCSH) Youth Group, under the direction of Jean Harper, WCSH Youth Director, is having an amazing summer! Summer day camps are being offered twice a week for Kids Intelligence Academy (KIA) at New Zion community center. KIA meets from 9a- noon to exercise, sing, read, bible study and participates in gardening activities. Kids learn about plant life cycles. They compare the stages in a plant’s life (seed, sprout, plant with leaves, plant with flower, plant going to seed, plant drying out after seed production, death) to the stages in a humans (baby, toddler, kid, teen, adult, wise elderly souls, death). Just like humans, not all plants will go through all stages and just like humans, a bad cold could welcome
death a bit sooner… dun, dun, and dun. The kids love learning about how flowering plants and their older teenager siblings and cousins are both trying to look pretty to get those “special someone’s” (AKA bees, bats, hummingbirds, moths) to like them. Kids husk mustard green seeds and plant those same seeds in cups. Youth also learn about soil life and how to make happy soil for happy plants through composting and vermiculture (that’s right, gardening with those slimy worms). Bean seeds are brought home to seed outside. Prize goes to whoever’s bean plant grows taller than Jack and the Beanstalk’s. Further, a salsa garden is growing at the WCSH youth rows at MSU ExtensionWinston County Complex’s community garden, off Old Robinson Road. Delicious salsa
is processed by our youth! Interested in making your own salsa garden? We have growing tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, jalapeño peppers, cilantro and parsley. To your mix, add onions, garlic and the like! What more? Check out the 4H Youth Garden. Expect to see corn, cucumbers, purple hull peas, lima beans, okra, squash, green beans, zucchini and watermelon growing. The garden is also continuing to companion plant. A three sister’s row is planted, consisting of corn, pole beans and squash (we planted winter squash, but one could plant any sort). These crops support each other as they grow. Corn provides a pole for the beans to climb. Beans help stabilize the corn as it grows and fixes nitrogen on its’ roots, in turn providing nitrogen to the soil. Squash provides living
mulch. As it spreads along the ground, the squash shades out the weeds and keeping moisture in the soil. These crops are great to eat together, as well. Corn is a great source of carbohydrates, beans protein and squash supplies many beneficial nutrients for our bodies! Other companion planting was done last winter, as we alternated transplanting onions and collards. The smell of onions serves as a natural bug repellent. Experiment for yourself! Lastly, Future Generations Garden is further doing their part of “Saving Rural America” by saving seed! Yellow Watermelon seeds were saved and planted into this garden from a watermelon grown by Mr. Thomas Coleman and Mr. Ronald Spears in Summer 2012. Talk about local! Give these youth a holla’ in the gardens and selling at Farmer’s Market! Interested in your youth getting involved with gardening fun? Contact Jean Harper, WCSH Youth Director, at (662) 312- 8004. WCSH Youth serves also in partnership with MSU Extension- Winston County and Foodcorps Mississippi. Contact Sandra Jackson, Extension Program Associate- 4H/ Youth for summer day camps, many include gardening activities. Foodcorps Mississippi, with help of Service Member April Divine, served the four- year olds at HeadstartWinston County Complex and Mrs. Nowell’s/ Ms. Wilson’s 3rd grade classes at Fair Elementary, with weekly garden lessons, in the 20122013 school year. Garden classes will continue at both schools in Fall 2013. Check out Foodcorps at www.foodcorps.org.
farm ownership, operating and youth loans. Walter Jackson, NRCS, Mississippi Grazing Land Specialist discussed a bevy of services available to help farmers and enthusiasts become effective managers of the Natural Resources. If, you are encountering stubborn weeds or problem with forages growth, then, you should contact your local NRCS staff for assistance through the State Office. Kenny Caves, Local District Conservationist lead participants on a guidance tour of practices installed in 2011 on the Carter’s Farm. The visible tour enthralled participants to ask questions about how practices were installed. Kenny explained troughs offered a better quality of water verse a dug pond. Several individuals indicated they will request Conservation Plans through NRCS to help improve their Farm Operations. This historic event concluded with the Carters and Triumph Church Family serving burgers, chips and sodas. Winston County Self Help Cooperative would like to extend gratitude to the Carter Family for hosting an empowering, enlightening, entertaining & enthralling Field Day. Winston County Self Help, Continued from pg. 10 on issues affecting landowners, farmers/ranchers and natural resources enthusiasts. WCSHC’s radio program listen audience is targeted in the southeastern states with exponentially growth throughout the United States. Visit us online every Monday at 6:00 pm CST @ www.blogtalkradio.com/ savingruralamerica or call 323580-5735 to speak to the host. WCSHC Outreach and Assistance Program launched its 2012 Farmer’s Market Bulletin. The market bulletin highlights small producers in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana who generates income from their farms. This is a good marketing strategic to allow small farmers to sell their products through the internet. Additionally, this is an opportunity to “know your Farmer- Know your Food” and for customers to spend their dollars with local farmers to create sustainability in rural communities. Please visit our website @www. wcshc.com/fmb.
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Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America
By Frank Taylor
Our daily lives are enthralled with expected events, unplanned incidents, work, and thoughts of tomorrow’s possibilities with sparing hope of enjoying Mother Earth’s natural aesthetics of trees, clean air & water as the next generation traverses through life. On Thursday April 18, 2013, life presented an opportunity for rural Americans to congregate on the legendary farm of Wiley Denson in Lena, MS to share
family secrets, food recipes, and community’s folklore and obtain current information about USDA’s Programs to invigorate survival in rural America. However, readers, I must inform you, we had a premeeting before the actual meeting convened. You had to be here in person to hear Frank Taylor’s life story. Simply everybody has a story, but, only a few people will ever tell their true story from rural America. Yes, readers I recounted the whole story for more than 40 minutes as the Watkins and Johnson families
laughed and mutually agreed on our goals of helping save rural America. Rev. Watkins formalized the meeting by petition the throne for grace and serenity promptly at 5pm. Yolanda Denson-Jackson, NRCS, Program Assistance & niece of Wiley Denson evoked warm words of welcome. Mrs. Esther DensonWatkins delivered an incredible history about the Wiley Denson Farm. Wiley purchased this property at the height of Jim Crow’s Era and our family encountered numerous challenges and threats from local Klansmen. Adversities created a phenomenal farm operation of corn, cotton, vegetables, cattle and other fruitful resources to maintain the family legacy of enduring not succumbing to life’s challenges. We are here today sitting on the veranda enjoying our brother’s forethoughts of providing future generations with an opportunity to walk in Wiley Denson’s path of success. We have partnered with Natural Resources Conservation Service in recent years to implement numerous practices on the family cattle farm surround by a tree line of pines. Services received through NRCS has added value to Mother Earth’s natural resources by
reducing runoffs into the tributaries and maintaining a quality water supply for humans & animals. Crossing fencing helped eliminate over grazing and reduced input costs of sustaining healthy forages. I will refer other farmers and landowners to visit with their local USDA Officials and learn about programs to stimulate healthy land management practices. Numerous USDA personnel highlighted various services and programs to help individuals become good stewards of their natural resources according to Ohio’s State Conservationist Terry Cosby, we are in the business of “helping people to help the land” through various conservation programs which offer incentive payments for farmers to implement practices. Cosby said “this is a great atmosphere for transferring information to our constituents. Although, I am serving in the state of Ohio, nevertheless, I am a proud Tallahatchie County native and I love coming home and engaging performances based meetings”. Vivian DensonDickson, NRCS-Senior Program Specialist at USDA & Niece of Wiley Denson urged participants to use our programs and practices to enhance life in rural America. I
love my job and I am committed to delivering services in a timely manner for families to generate reasonable income from their natural resources. Today’s meeting solidify USDA’s Programs are making a difference in rural communities. Wilson Murray, NRCS Outreach Specialist underpinned concerns of individuals and famers to contact their local district conservationist and vocalize their resource concerns in their communities. NRCS is here to serve our clientele and we need hear from you to understand your needs. Walter Jackson, NRCS, Mississippi Grazing Land Specialist and Joe Addy, Scott County Local District Conservationist delivered a tag team presentation on current conservation practices to improve forages growth and impending deadline for the small ruminants initiative’s sign-up. Kenneth Wright, Area Director, Rural Development shared information about housing grants, 502 & 504 applications. He encouraged families and individuals with housing needs to contact Rural Development for assistance. Leake, Madison and Scott Counties Farmers Connection Organization participated with three members and several other counties represented.
“Percy & Emma Brown’s Dreams in Rural America & NRCS Assistance”
Percy & Emma Brown By Frank Taylor
Usually April 15, 2013 causes heartaches and uncertainties for most American families over the looming tax deadline, however, this Monday allowed Percy & Emma Brown, (Beginning Famers) to share their life-long dream of owning and managing a working farm. Mother Earth’s granted unbelievable weather conditions with an overcast and temperature nearing 85 degrees within an ear shout, you could hear the Mississippi River moving southward towards the Port of New Orleans, as the sun crept westward over the Academic Resort of Alcorn State University in Alcorn, MS. Farmers and others gathered in the opened pasture to the hear Browns’ Life Dream of farm ownership. Percy & Emma Brown, now retired from International Paper & J. C. Penny shifted gears by purchasing their life dream. I always wanted a working farm of my own from
boyhood. As a child my family moved to Claiborne County for 3 years, and then we returned back to Vicksburg, MS to complete schooling at Temple High School. However, this thought of farm ownership continued to habituate within me over my work career and I wanted to fulfill this mission after retirement. Through conversations with friends and family our dreams of farm ownership came to fruition in 2011. We purchased this farm from an individual who formerly lived in Claiborne County and they decided not return back Port Gibson. Therefore, we are appreciative of this opportunity to join forces with others to help save Rural America according Emma Brown. Initiatively, we decided to use this property for hunting purposes; nonetheless, as time evolved, we purchased 2 cows and a horse. This decision created a huge challenge of not having access to water; therefore, we
hauled water 3 or 4 days per week based on weather conditions. This process helped propel my husband to seek assistance in alleviating hauling water. Percy visited Warren County’s USDA Office for assistance. After discussing the situation with office personnel, we were referred to apply for services through the Claiborne County’s USDA Office. Percy carried a copy of the land deeds to (FSA) Farm Service Agency and signed numerous forms to receive a Farm Number. He traveled from FSA over (NRCS) Natural Resources Conservation Service & discussed our farm plans with Patrick Smith, Claiborne Local District Conservationist. Patrick spent an enormous amount of time counseling and informing us on list of programs to help improve our farm. This process allowed us to form a partnership with our local NRCS Staff and we are learning how to become effective managers of God’s Natural Resources under their stewardship. Today, we have received several practices through (EQIP) Environmental Quality Incentive Program, watering troughs, fertilization, corral, cross fence & heavy use pad and these practices have added value to our farm operation. Presently, we have 14 Black Angus Cows with calves and we are planning to enlarge our herd up 25 within the next year. We are talking to Patrick about expanding grazing-land and add more watering troughs & cross fencing through EQIP. As beginning farmer, we have been blessed to receive services from USDA and others to make a remarkable difference in our farm and we thankful this opportunity to help save Rural America.
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WCSHC Newspaper Picture Gallery WCSHC June 29 & 30, 2013 Hay Production at WCSHC Demonstration Farm in Louisville, MS
WCSHC 4th Business Session at Extension Office 3-4-2013. Winston County Chancery Clerk presented. Mt. Moriah Church received first place plaque for Healthy Cook-off during WCSHC 6th SRAC
WCSHC & LA’s Leadership Graduates sponsored the 2nd Save Rural America Rally on March 11, 2013 in Amite, LA. Over 100 participants gathered on a brisk cold Monday Morning to spur interest in locally grown products and unveiled opportunities for the next generation of farmers.
WCSHC’s USDA Outreach Meeting at Taylor’s Tree Farm in the New Zion Community, Louisville, MS. 39339 on March 28, 2013. FSA and NRCS staff presented current program information
Rankin County USDA Outreach Meeting and Gregory Farm & Sons Field Day 476 Thomasville Road Florence, MS. 39073 on April 2, 2013
WCSHC visits Rust College in Holly Springs, MS April 4, 2013
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WCSHC Newspaper Picture Gallery (Part 2) Heifer International Staff visited WCSHC on April 3, 2013 in Louisville, MS. HPI funded WCSHC in 2001 under the leadership of Roger Jones. WCSHC’s Heifer Project continues in delivering heifers to help other families start their cattle operations.
WCSHC Annual Mother’s Day Celebration May 7, 2013 at Harrington Soul Food Restaurant Louisville, MS 39339
Greensboro Youth Group Celebrated Greensboro Day on April 6, 2013 in Greensboro, MS. This day of jubilation included a parade, fun & games for children, storytelling, arts & crafts and food.
Attala County USDA Outreach Meeting at W. T. Roby Farm 10807 Attala County Road 4002 Goodman, MS on April 8, 2013
Simpson County USDA Outreach Meeting Simpson County Junior Livestock Barn 2785 Simpson Highway Mendenhall, MS. 39114 April 11, 2013
Claiborne County USDA Outreach Meeting at Percy Brown Family Farm 5015 Ward Road Port Gibson, MS. 39150 on April 15, 2013
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WCSHC Newspaper Picture Gallery (Part 3) Marion County USDA Outreach Meeting at Arthur Lumzy’s Farm 34 Harry Lane Columbia, MS. 39429 April 16, 2013
Scott County USDA Outreach Meeting at Wiley Denson Farm 12874 Hillsboro-Ludlow Road Lena, MS on April 18, 2013.
Wayne County USDA Outreach Meeting at Richard Carter Farm 97 Spring Hill Church Road Eucutta, MS. 39360 on April 22, 2013.
WCSHC 6th Business Session & Field Day Story at Leon & Linda Stephen’s Goat Farm 425 East Sinai Road Louisville, MS on April 23, 2013
Jasper County USDA Outreach Meeting at Author Thigpen Farm 5478 Hwy 18 Pachuta, MS. 39347 on April 29, 2013.
Federation of Southern Cooperatives / Land Assistance Fund 46th Anniversary Celebration and 12th Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner Thursday • August 15, 2013 • 7:00 PM • Sheraton Birmingham Hotel 2101 Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd. • North Birmingham, AL 35203 Phone (205) 324-5000 / Reservations
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WCSHC Newspaper Picture Gallery (Part 4)
WCSHC’s Farmers Market Corner / Locally Grown Vegetables for Sale
Greene County USDA Outreach Meeting at Napoleon Leverette Farm 19855 MLK Drive Stateline, MS 39362 Stateline, MS on May 6, 2013
Warner Hall’s Farm 2192 • Hwy 1042 Greensburg, LA 70441 Phone 225-931-0534
WCSHC 8th Business Session at Frank Taylor’s Place in Louisville, MS on June 3, 2013. Members & Visitors enjoyed an old fashion fry with sides and cold drinks.
Quincy Walker’s Farm 69035 Charles McDaniel Road Kentwood, Louisiana 70444 Phone 985-514-8164
Amite County USDA Outreach Meeting at Harrison Bldg. 910 Old-McComb Liberty Road Liberty, MS. 39645 on June 4, 2013
Robert Robinson’s Farm 353 Greenwich Drive Brookhaven, MS 39601 Phone 601-833-6492
WCSHC 2013 Kick-off Meeting Winston County Extension Office 460 Vance Street Louisville, MS Thursday December 27, 2012. This annual Meeting propels WCSHC’s Yearly Work-plan.
Yazoo County’s USDA Outreach Meeting at L. T. Miller Center in Yazoo, MS January 8, 2013
AM & PM’s Farm 5020 Highpoint Weir Road Louisville, MS 39339 Phone 662-705-1257
Coleman & Spears’ Farm Louisville, MS 662-736-3905
WCSHC 1st 2013 Business Session at Louisville Coliseum January 11, 2013. Larry Woodard Winston County Tax Assessor & Collector presented
WCSH Youth Group’s Garden Louisville, MS 662-312-8004
Prentiss County USDA Outreach Meeting in Baldwyn, MS January 17, 2013
Willie Miller Farm Louisville, MS Louisville, MS 662-773-2245 Alcorn State University Extension Program hosted a Peer Exchange Seminar along with WCSHC Members on January 24, 2013 at the main campus in Alcorn State, MS. WCSHC Members & ASU Students dialogued on issues affecting life in rural America. This exchange created positive thoughts and developed reasonable solutions to end food deserts in the southeast and develop leadership in rural communities.
WCSH Youth Groups sponsored an Educational Debate on January 26, 2013 at Extension Office. This debate focused on impending Charter School Legislation. Participants presented pros & cons on what & how charter school legislation will affect public schools. Debaters delivered overwhelmed presentations with amazing poise and confident.
Thanks to Winston County Self Help Youth Leaders