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THE GREENSBORO ECHO

WINTER JANUARY 2015 SPECIAL EDITION

~ The Voice of Rural America ~

The Official Newspaper of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative | www.wcshc.com

82 Years of Marriage in Rural America

2015 THEME: ”Transforming and Empowering Rural America with 30 Years of Service”

Letter from Team Leader

Rufus and Edith Hampton Sr.

Rufus Hampton SR. was born on May 1, 1921 in DeKalb, Mississippi to Pat and Avery (Lampley) Hampton on a farm owned by his grandparents. When Rufus was approximately three years old his grandparents (Will and Willie (Welch) Hampton and the entire family moved to the MT Sinai Community in Louisville, MS. The family worked as a unit on the same farm and shared everything. At the age of five Rufus was an ambitious farmer growing his own little patch of cotton that was located around the house. He would work this patch of cotton alone including picking it and asking his grandfather to take to the cotton gin. As Rufus got older he joined the rest of the family in the field where they grew an assortment of fruits, vegetables, cotton, corn and cane. On January 27, 1942 Rufus married Edith Davis and they eventually moved to 309 Gladney Street (a small farm at the time) Louisville, MS. Rufus worked at the Fair Company (later Georgia Pacific) but his love for farming grew even stronger. He worked

in the fields with the help of his children (Dora Mae, Dora Jean, Henry, Hattie, Rufus JR, Betty) and wife. During the time his children were able to help he expanded the farming to renting land and growing more cotton and corn. Rufus would get up in the morning sometimes and work the field before going to his public job and when he returned home he would work in the field until it was too dark. When Rufus was sixty-one years old and his children was no longer at home to help out he left public work and became a full time farmer adding a hog farm as well as growing corn and vegetables. Rufus continued with the hog farm and started a chicken farm (selling eggs and chicken). Due to his age, Rufus finally got out the farming business but maintains two gardens, orchards and a fishing pond to keep him busy and he still enjoys his love for growing things. During all of his hard work farming and public work Rufus also had love for his family and God taking time out of his busy schedule to preach on Sundays.

LOOK INSIDE RURAL AMERICA Minority Landowner Magazine celebrated….....................2 WCSHC’s 2014 Christmas Gala…..............................................2 Harper Received Recognition…...............................................2 WCSHC & World Renew…...........................................................3 Roberts’ Farm Ag-Field Day…...................................................3 WCSHC & Chancery Clerk…......................................................3 WCSHC & MMFA Partnered….....................................................4 “A walk on Rosie Harris Forest”…..........................................4 WCSHC Black Belt Tour…..........................................................4 WCSHC’s “ A Night to Remember”…...........................................5 WCSHC’s 10th Business Session…............................................5

Local Farmer’s Dreams….........................................................5 Mrs. Betsy Eichelberger.....................................................…..6 Mr. Willis Rash….......................................................................6 Louisiana Ag Tour Day…............................................................7 FSC Annual EPES, AL…................................................................7 Cattleman’s College…..............................................................7 My life as a member of WCSHC….............................................7 Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop…............................................7 On 364 Day of 2014 WCSHC at Work…......................................8 Local Farmers Honored…........................................................8 ASU Honored McDonald Family…............................................9

WCSHC is a member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Frank Taylor President and Editor EMAIL: fltaylor@bellsouth.net or PHONE: 601- 291- 2704 Designed by www.marqueusdraper.com

WCSHO Field Day…......................................................................9 WCSHC & MSU Partnered to Deliver…....................................9 Tomorrow’s Farmer Averill Gladney..............................…..9 WCSHC Supports Farmers’ Market..........................................10 WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-1…..............................................11 WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-2…..............................................12 WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-3…..............................................13 WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-4…..............................................14 WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-5…..............................................15 SPECIAL THANKS TO OUT SUPPORTERS…....................................16

Co-op members, we celebrated a bountiful 2014 and you will be rewarded for humble spirit of creating an environment of success. I am thankful to you for allowing me an opportunity to be a part of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative Team to help change lives in rural America. I am forever grateful for this moment to serve as your team leader and we will continue to work on the behalf of this winning team. Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) will commemorate thirty years of Serving Rural America in 2015. This prolific organization germinated out of the 1980s Farm Crisis to provide small farmers and landowners with acute technical services needed to maintain ownership in times of uncertainties. Today, WCSHC continues to dispense relevant information and develops economic opportunities in Rural Americans through gifting families with cattle, goats and other animals. This in return creates income and foster growth in rural communities. WCSHC efforts of helping Saving Rural America continues to create dividends to benefit the entire family structure. WCSHC extends an invitation for you to visit wcshc.com and to read the Co-op’s rich history. You will spend hours and days reading newsletters, news flashes, and watching videos of WCSHC’s remarkable work of serving Americans. Sincerely,

Frank Taylor

WINSTON COUNTY SELF HELP COOPERATIVE 716 Old Robinson Road • Louisville, MS 39339 Web: wcshc.com “Saving Rural America”


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Minority Landowner Magazine celebrated

(CENTER) Victor Harris

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

The Minority Landowner Magazine celebrated its Eighth Anniversary Conference in Greenville, South Carolina under the quiet leadership of Mr. Victor Harris. 2014’s theme “Family Farms Strengthen the Local Economy” attracted farmers, resource providers, academic, and natural resources enthusiasts for three days of insightful learning on how to become effective managers of Mother Earth’s natural resources. Winston County

Self Help Cooperative of Louisville, MS represented with twelve members gleaning and ascertaining pertinent information through educational sessions. “I thoroughly enjoyed the heir property session and I found this problem to be akin to Mississippi’s issue according to Tommie Hathorn Jr., WCSHC member. This problem impacts and inhibits farmers from receiving financial assistance through United States Department of Agriculture’s programs to help manage their conservation needs and farm operations. We should work collectively to advocate with community

WCSHC’s 2014 Christmas Gala

Meeting in Hattiesburg, MS. Additionally Jones received a co-op’s t-shirt and Saving Rural America Certificate for supporting WCSHC’s gallant efforts. This event ended with a superb meal including everything possible for participants to enjoy. Shirley Gladney, Jean Harper, Sharonne Cooper and Otavius Cobb deserve hands up of thanks for a job well done. WCSHC conveys thanks to the decorating and program committee for a superior atmosphere of happiness. WCSHC also appreciate Mr. Richard & Mrs. Ruthie Carter of Wayne County Self Help Organization (Waynesboro, Ms) for attending gala and again, thanks to Mr. RogerJones.

Office in Louisville, MS. The aroma of collard greens, turkey, hams and yams flowed into the parking lot which caused annual Gala to start promptly at 6:00pm as Mistress of Ceremony, Rosie Harris announced the program order of service. Elder George Miller solicited grace for all humankind and prosperity for 2015. Alice Moore evoked words of welcome and Peggy Miller

decisively described gala’s purpose with a thorough review of co-op’s history. Mary Hannah summarized Christmas Blessings by describing life’s experiences and why we should give God the Praise for our well-being. Jean Harper introduced our speaker with a barrage of niceties for his long-term allegiance of helping save rural America. Roger Jones served as Director of Heifer International South Central Partner Project Leader (HPI) which supplied seed money to start WCSHC’s Heifer Program in 2001. Roger elaborated at length about his family history. Roger father died at an early age leaving his Mother with the unforgiving task of raising fourteen children with the strength of God. The rule of hard work provided fresh vegetables and fruits to sustain our nutritional needs. Roger emphasized farm life prevented his brothers from committing unlawful crimes. Farm work spurred on my siblings to graduate from college and obtain jobs to support their families and communities. Jones started working with HPI in 1999 after retiring from Mississippi Extension Service. He managed HPI’s Projects in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas with eighteen individual groups. We funded WCSHC in 2001 with a grant of $74,500.00 to purchase heifers, bulls and other necessities. I am extremely pleased of WCSHC’s efforts of continuing to uphold HPI’s philosophy of giving back to help others. WCSHC’s pass on system excelled beyond my wildest expectations and this bodes well for WCSHC’s future. Taylor presented Roger with a 20 x 30 color picture taken on June 9, 2007 at HPI’s final Project Partner

2003 to engage the next generation of farmers through various hands-on agriculture practices. We planted our first youth garden in 2005 with modest success in connecting students, parents, and community leaders to develop an intergeneration learning module. If, we can transfer Baby-Boomers’ knowledge of agriculture practices to the millennium parents then rural Americans will survive in term of natural resource managers to produce quality foods into 22nd century. We normally plant spring and fall gardens consisting of okras, peas, tomatoes, kale, turnips, mustards and collard greens.

WCSHC Youth Group donates produce to needy families in the Louisville area and sells excess produce at local farmers’ market. Youth members participate in

civic activities including litter eradication, 4-H, Arbor Day, and other community events to improve the quality of life in Winston County.

(LEFT) ROGER JONES AND (RIGHT) FRANK TAYLOR

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

As the holiday season approached the Winston County Self Help Cooperative paused to reflect and give thanks for His Grace and Mercy by celebrating their Annual Christmas Gala on December 12, 2014 at the Winston County Extension

Harper Received Recognition By Staff

The Winston County Chamber of Commerce honored Jean Harper with Farmer of the Award during 57th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Lake Tiak O’Khata. Jean Harper serves as Youth Director for Winston County Self Help Cooperative based in Louisville, Ms. Harper joined forces with WCSHC in

based organizations, extension and legislative leaders to find a solution to this systematic problem. Brad Spencer of Unlimited Community Agriculture Cooperative based in Starkville, MS said “he enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and timely start of each session. The plethora of exhibits allowed an opportunity to speak with each vendor personally to learn about their agency and products. This information learned will help improve our organization capacity.” The Eighty Anniversary Conference featured several speakers including Frank Taylor, WCSHC Team Leader, who served as banquet speaker. WCSHC would like to thank Mr. Victor Harris for honoring his dream in publishing the Minority Landowner Magazine. This publication offers a venue to publicize and highlight unappreciated farmers and landowners for their commitments of managing their natural resources. Additionally, the Minority Landowner Magazine imparts hope to rural Americans and helps reconnect families to their agrarian roots. Mr. Harris, we salute you for your passionate commitment and dedication in making a distinct difference by publishing this breakthrough Magazine. Also WCSHC express gratitude to the supporting team members for an excellent conference.


WCSHC & World Renew

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

Winston County Self Help Cooperative welcomed members of World Renew Organization to their 9th business session on September 8, 2014 at Winston County Extension office in Louisville, MS. World Renew is a Disaster Response Services consisting of volunteers based in the state of Michigan (a.k.a the Green Shirts) which give of their time and talents to help clear

Winston County Self Help Cooperative members & friends attended National Organization of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees Annual Ag Expo Meeting in Atlanta, GA Dec 5-7, 2014 at Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel. 2014’s theme of “Sustaining the Legacy of the NOPBNRCS Founders and Embracing the Movement of Equality for Minority and Socially Disadvantaged Landowners Everywhere propelled hope for future farmers.” 2014’s expo engaged farmers,

WCSHC & Chancery Clerk By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

On Thursday October 30, 2014 Winston County Self Help Cooperative members continued its mission of learning how Winston County’s elected officers uses their tax dollars to operate day to day by indulging in a two hour learning session with first term Chancery Clerk, Julie Cunningham. WCSHC requested Cunningham to open doors of Chancery Clerk office to endow members with internal views of records and learn mode of operations. Cunningham

forceful winds caused eight deaths which included an eight year old child. April 28, 2014’s EF 4 tornado unleveled an untold number of homes, buildings, businesses and farm structures. The Winston County Medical Center & Nursing Home received significant structure damages and will be closed until further notice. Denny Stoel said World Renew works with families to rebuild homes and communities’ infrastructure after natural disasters. He explained why individuals should complete community assessment surveys to underscore Winston County’s needs in term of recovering from April 28, 2014’s tornado. World Renew provides these services absolutely at no cost for families and individuals of limited resources. This group consists of retired plumbers, carpenters, electricians. The 9th business session concluded with group pictures for WCSHC’s annals, live radio broadcast and a down home southern fish fry.

debris, assess needs, and rebuild homes after disasters strike. WCSHC appreciate this formidable organization for coming to Winston County to assist families in recovering from April 28, 2014’s event. WCSHC members and friends witnessed the loss of human life, investments, and perhaps generations of memories after an EF 4 Tornado struck Winston County with wind speeds exceeding 165 miles per hour. This EF 4 Tornado cut a swath of damages in various locations. These

WCSHC attended NOPBNRCSE

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

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resource providers and natural resources enthusiasts in one area to dialogue on conserving Mother Earth’s natural resources. “This organization composes of current and retired employees of NRCS” according to Terry Cosby, NOPBNRCSE’s President and Ohio’s State Conservationist. We would like to bestow special thanks to our planning committee members Vivian Dickson and Drenda Williams for planning and executing a well designed conference. Additional, we would like to communicate thanks to our host state of Georgia and Mr. Terrance Rudolph, Georgia State Conservationist for an incredible environment for this landmark elaborated the numerous responsibilities and capacities of serving as Winston County’s Chancery Clerk. Cunningham said “she serves as board of supervisors’ secretary, county’s treasurer and auditor.” Cunningham demonstrated processes of performing title searches of land. This process engendered the most interest from participants. Several individuals asked for further explanations how to recover land after being sold through the delinquent tax sale and how to find previous owners of land. Clifford Hampton indicated he will return and quest other family land plots for identification purposes. Cunningham also explained the different types of liens and how a person can execute a lien for

event”. We appreciate WCSHC Members and farmers for their exhausting support. NOPBNRCSE provided an atmosphere for members to engage one-on-one with farmers’ concerns about how our agency delivers services.” Saturday’s Town Hall Meeting solicited inputs from farmers to augment NRCS’ service apparatus.” WCSHC member Shelton Cooper said “he enjoyed attending and participating in various seminars to broaden his knowledge of USDA’s services and we look forward to attending 2015’s Ag Expo Meeting.” Per T’arie Todman “I learned a wealth Information in regards to tree farming. I now have a greater understanding on how the process of tree farming operates. I was eagerly excited to learn the potential income I can earn from my tree farm by planting certain trees. This conference served as an eye opener for my children as well. Upon returning back home from the conference they decided to join their school’s Garden Club. We look forward to inviting my peer group of millennium friends to participate in the 2015’s Ag Expo to impart opportunities for the next generation of farmers.”

Roberts’ Farm Ag-Field Day

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

Several members of Winston County Self Help Cooperative attended Roberts’ Agro-forestry Field Day on Saturday November 1, 2014. This informative field day demonstrated agro-forestry, tree farming, forest management, livestock production and raised bed gardening in Montgomery and Carroll Counties. The first stop highlighted 100 years old Roberts Family Farm located 493 BLUFF SPRING RD, WINONA, MS. This farm continues to generate hope for future generations of farmers under the watchful guidance of Vickie Roberts. You can best describe Vickie as a masterful individual absorbing and sharing information to change lives along the Mississippi’s Delta Region. Vickie’s steadfastness and self determination unveils new opportunities to connect with various organizations to help add value to their family farm. She received assistance through the Federation of Southern Cooperatives which put into operation an agro-forestry project. You can define agroforestry as complimenting forestry practices with livestock or agriculture production. For example grazing livestock and growing trees on the same acres. Vickie’s ultimate goal of achieving sustainability will occur along with time and adding additional practices to create more income. The second stop participants traversed across rolling hills into McCraely, MS to the sprawling cattle farm of Mr. Marvell Vance. This farm entity consists of 50 grown cattle and calves with a stable of prize horses. Vance employed numerous conservation practices through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environment Quality Incentive Program including cross fences, ponds and pasture improvements. Walter Jackson, NRCS Grazing Lands Specialist described these practices as being vital to Vance’s cattle operation success. Vance’s attentiveness of grazing innovations reduces excess feeding cost across the winter months. This eventful day ended as participants visited with good humored John Paul Davis and his Raised Beds Garden Farm in Winona, MS. Davis attended an outreach meeting in December 2013 at the behest of Vickie which impelled his to start gardening. Davis participated in various workshops and seminars with Keith Benson of Alliance for Sustainable Ag Production in Goodman, MS to learn the » Roberts’ Farm Ag-Field Day, pg. 4

unpaid debts. Cunningham said “my office submits homestead exemption applications, receives veterans discharge documentation papers and others related matters. She elaborated on the clerk’s role

with Chancery Court in maintaining record.” WCSHC members thanked Cunningham for sharing knowledge to create a better understanding of how elected officials spends their hard earned tax dollars.


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processes of growing quality vegetables sustainability. Davis uses organic methods to raise turnips, mustards and collard greens. Davis gardening skills proves a producer can create income with limited growing space. Davis plans to expand operation in 2015 to incorporate more staple vegetables. WCSHC express thanks to Vickie Roberts for sharing the Roberts Family’s dream with other individuals to

You can define agro-forestry as complimenting forestry practices with livestock or agriculture production. stimulate hope in rural America and stoke the local economy through farm sales. Vickie sponsored several outreach meetings over the past three years to raise awareness of USDA’s programs to assistance landowners and farmers in obtaining assistance with reforestation, erosion, buffers, cross fence, stabilization and other conservation practices through Natural Resources Conservation Service. Vickie served as past President of Montgomery County Forestry Association to foster hope and broaden engagement among limited resources and small forest landowners. We need more ambassadors with Vickie’s vigor in term of promoting and managing the natural resources according to Allen McReynolds of WCSHC. “You can vividly see Vickie’s foot prints across Montgomery and surrounding counties by the number of individuals using USDA & Mississippi Forestry Commission’s Programs.”

WCSHC & MMFA Partnered

By Staff

On Monday November 3, 2014 Frank Taylor, Winston County Self Help Cooperative, Team Leader traveled to Okolona, MS and participated in Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance’s Monthly Meeting. People started gathering along the open air streets in downtown Okolona, MS at 5:20pm. This scenery caused a stir as other individuals started checking in to see what MMFA’s Director, Carol Jones was dabbling out to help save rural America. More than forty members settled

“A walk on Rosie Harris Forest”

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

WCSHC Black Belt Tour By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

Winston County Self Help Cooperative members traveled across Alabama’s Black Belt on September 22 & 23, 2014. Black Belt Region composes of the following counties Bullock, Sumter, Greene, Dallas, Hale, Wilcox, Marengo, Choctaw, Pickens and Perry. These counties can be described as highly impoverished with most families living at or below poverty. U. S Department of Health

in as Carolyn audible about numerous activities. She urged participants who need conservation practices to visit their local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to request services. She reminded participants in order to receive financial assistance through USDA you must register your farm with Farm Service Agency. This process includes carrying a copy of your deeds or lease agreement to demonstrate your ability to make uninhibited decisions on property for five consecutive years. Frank Taylor re-emphasized individuals should request service before November

21, 2014’s ranking period. “Taylor said you should develop a provisional conservation plan before visiting your local Natural Resources Conservation Service County or Parish offices in order to enhance your environmental benefit index (EBI) score. This score will help develop a comprehensive conservation plan by entailing several requested practices to propel your final ranking score. Additionally Taylor reminded members to participate in NRCS’ Local Work Group Meetings to help determine resource concerns and how funds will be disseminated among resource categories. Taylor closed with words of encouragement for MMFA members on a job well done in achieving their 2014’s goals by working collectively as team members and this will thrust forward more success in the forthcoming year.”

National Network of Forest Practitioners and Winston County Self Help Cooperative sponsored “A walk on Rosie Harris Forest” Saturday June 28, 9am at 1430 Hull Road in Mt. Olive Community. The event unveiled with Rosie’s presentation re-telling the story of how her Dad and Mother worked feverishly to maintain the family farmstead under Jim Crow’s conditions. We struggled after the death of my dad to retire the land debt. Our Heavenly Father and a strong commitment allowed us to create enough income to satisfy the note holder. I am thankful today to be standing here on this treasured property as part of James & Leatha Mitchell’s legacy. We hope the next generation of Mitchell(s) will

carry the mantle forth of managing the natural resources and honoring their fore parents’ heritage. Rosie’s concerns centers on conserving and restoring forest health with assistance from resource providers. Rosie’s Field Day included presenters from United States Department Agriculture and extension, two registered foresters and other Community Based Organizations. Thomas Brewner, Jefferson Davis County, County Extension Director said you should consider transferring property to others before your demise by using succession planning. If you want wishes to be honored, then, you need to provide guidance now with documentation to eliminate family confusing later. Freddie Davis and Buchanan Malone registered foresters emphasized the needs of technical assistance in planning your timber harvest. Freddie

and Human Services defines poverty as a family of four sustaining on 23,850 per year. This trip included stops in historic Gee’s Bend, Tuskegee and Montgomery, Ala. The first initial sojourn occurred at the historic Quilting Bee in Gee’s Bend, Ala also known as Boykin. Gee’s Bend consists of estimated population of 275 residents’ primarily Black Americans according to 2010’s census. Joseph Gee landowner from Halifax County North Carolina settled this area around 1816 with18 African American slaves to establish a cotton plantation. Members viewed a myriad of quilts and chatted with quilt designers. The quilting bee managers

presented a seminar how quilters creates their patterns. Some quilters command as much as $2500.00 per quilt. These renowned quilters received worldwide recognition for their quilting acumens and toured the United States displaying their quilting skills. After completion of seminar members boarded Gee’s Bend Ferry and traveled twenty minutes across the Alabama River into Camden, Ala. The state of Alabama granted HMS Ferries, INC a contract to provide ferry service. Ferry departs five times a day between Gee Bend and Camden. From this point WCSHC members journeyed to Montgomery and

will be responsible for developing an indepth forest management plan focused on timber production and preserving the natural habitat. Kelvin Jackson of Natural Resources Conservation Service dissected services offered to assist landowners with reforestation practices which include burning and planting seedlings. Rosie registered her farm with local USDA’s Farm Service Agency and received a farm tracking number to obtain financial assistance if application receives approval through (NRCS) ranking process to implement conservation practices. Perry Brumfield and Clifford Hampton represented National Network of Forest Practitioners and Allen McReynolds of Winston County Self Help Cooperative presentations focused on uses of wood products and how to earn maximum income from your forestlands. Perry presented Rosie Harris with a plaque conveying thanks and appreciation for the utilization of her tree farm. Sharonne Cooper Team served a fabulous meal.

consumed lunch at Golden Corral with Gus Townes former employee of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. Gus shared some » WCSHC Black Belt Tour, pg. 5


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WCSHC’s “ A Night to Remember”

By Staff

The atmosphere loomed with stardom as members arrived in their after five dresses and suits on June 16, 2014 for “A Night to Remember”. This day presented special circumstances for Winston County Self Help Cooperative members to share and enjoy the fruits of their labor for a mid-point celebration. Shirley and Denisha Gladney adored tables with lime and gold tablecloths including matching plates and sliver ware. Frank Taylor ushered members into an array of poses to capture their smiles and grace. Members received beautiful color pictures within

days of this stardom event. “A Night to Remember allowed members to dress, relax and share with others. This jubilant celebration started promptly 6:40pm with members offering prayer, welcome and purpose. Wilson Murray, Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Outreach Specialist introduced Kurt Readus, Mississippi State Conservationist, who received this official appointment in September 2013. Mr. Readus thanked members for selecting him as speaker. We appreciate this group of individuals for working with our agency to help save rural America; therefore we encourage other groups to follow WCSHC’s foot prints in making a difference socially

and economically. Readus stated this year’s funds for conservation practices should be in your local county office by month’s end. Individuals who qualified in 2013 should a receive calls soon concerning implementation of their conservation practice(s). Frank Taylor, WCSHC Team Leader, presented Mr. Readus with WCSHC’s Saving Rural America Gold Certificate. Members of expressed to NRCS’s leadership for financial and technical support received to improve their farm operations. “A Night to Remember concluded with as members chattered & consumed a delectable steak dinner including trimmings such as potatoes, salad and beans prepared by Sharonne Cooper & Team. Jean Harper said “we totally enjoyed A Night to Remember and we look forward to 2015 celebration.”

Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 10th Business Session

By Staff

The thermometer angled toward 100 degrees with the dog days of August settling over eastern Mississippi on Monday August 11, 2014. This unwanted weather would not stop team Winston County Self Help Cooperative from amassing for their 10th Business Session of 2014. First hurdle of the afternoon Individuals traveled 11 miles east of Louisville onto Crystal Ridge Road to Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s Demonstration Farm in Bethel Community. We use this demonstration farm for hay production and as a retainer for pass on animals, according to founding member Bobby Hardin. “This process creates dividends for members for purchasing quality hay at cost. Additionally, we used this facility to breeding our pass on animals through WCSHC’s Heifer Program. We recently installed a watering trough

Local Farmer’s Dreams By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

On a cool brisk October’s morning, I woke up early with intentions of executing desk work for the entire day; however, after feeling the gentle breeze flowing up from the south, I immediately abandoned my previous work plans for a trip to find a sugar cane producer located in the far southern parts of Winston County. I grabbed my camera and note pad then loaded into my reliable 1991 Toyota Tercel car headed south to the idyllic settlement or village

and heavy use pad to the improve pass on animals’ nutrients intake. “Our animals will enjoy quality water while standing on the heavy use pad consuming hay. Normally the area where animals congregate becomes muddy and unsustainable for feeding; therefore, this process reduces those unfavorable conditions.” WCSHC received funds to install practices through Mississippi’s Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative’s Steering Committee. Members started arriving early for an intense and educational business session for friends, visitors and service providers. “We anticipate something special after the concluding of this business session according to founding member Mary Hannah. “I observed Sharonne Cooper and team preparing something resembling food under blue tents. Therefore, I assume, we will consume a delicious meal after closure of this business session”. Members gathered under shade trees in the pasture’s northwest corner for Co-op’s 10th Business Session. Frank Taylor called business session to order at 5:49pm and Elder George A. Miller solicited prayer for members and the community at large. Members observed minutes as Frank called for motion of minutes. Gloria Smith motion and Roy Brookshire second to confirm minutes as printed. Frank Taylor thanked members and visitors for a timely start and being courtesy. Taylor continued by discussing current cattle market and 2014’s named Nanih Waiya which means “leaning hill.” According to history the Choctaw Indians settled this area in the late 17th century. This settlement composes of a school, day care center and one convenient store which serve a population of less than one thousand individuals. After arriving at highway 490’s intersection, I turned right and traveled 2 miles west and then turned left for an 8 minutes drove south to the sugar cane producer Bobby Paten’s farm. Paten retired from Georgia Pacific Particle Board Plant in Louisville, MS to a serene life of managing Mother Earth’s natural resources. “I enjoy planting and watching small seeds germinates into a full pledge eatable vegetables.” Retirement allows

corn crop which drew extensive remarks between members. This year’s corn crop could yield dividends in lower feed prices. Jack Ball indicated lower prices on grain at the Neshoba Gin on this pass Monday; therefore, we hope this trend will continue into the fall. Will Yates, a member and all natural producers raise awareness of GMOgenetically modified organism-this means seeds treated chemically before plantingto prevents weed growth. Cliff Hampton offered his position and Allen McReynolds added valuable points. “This process will continue to evolve and we should be aware of GMO’s impacts on consumers.” Taylor reiterated Rosie Harris candidacy for Farm Service Agency’s County Committee in Local Administrative Area-1 (LAA-1) for 2014 election. WCSHC 10th business session ended with a meal served by Sharonne Cooper and Team.

Paten an opportunity to be more productive and a better manager of his farm. Paten participates and attends field day events at Alcorn State University’s Incubator Farm in Preston, MS. Winston County Self Help

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candid points about the grueling work of surviving in rural America. Gus commended WCSHC members for working diligently to changing lives for the better of rural Americans. Next the caravan departed for the Kellogg Conference Center and arrived on the historic campus of Tuskegee at 3:45pm. Tuskegee University a private Historically Black University founded and established in 1881 Booker T. Washington, Hampton University most illustrious alumni. Tuskegee holds the distinct designation as the only university declared a National Historic Landmark. Members checked into rooms for a brief respite. Several individuals toured Tuskegee’s Campus and observed prolific sites of historic significant. Monday ended with members enjoying Burger King Meals where Alice Paris longtime employee of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives shared her life’s work in rural America. Alice assisted WCSHC with preparing a proposal application for Self Development of People Organization. Alice’s skill set allowed WCSHC to receive twenty-five thousand dollar grant through SDOP in 2005. WCSHC used grant funds to purchase a tractor and implements to support members’ farm entities. WCSHC members thanked Alice for working and supporting small farmers to achieve sustainability in rural America. Tuesday morning members satisfied their stomachs with a soulful breakfast at Kellogg Conference Center’s Cafeteria. Next members visited George Washington Carver Museum, Booker T. Washington Home, and Tuskegee Famed Airman Museum. Members board van and traveled south on Interstate 85 to Montgomery, Ala where they visited Rosa Park Museum and drove pass Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor.

Cooperative works in conjunction with ASU’s Incubator Farm to provide small farmers with current and relevant crop production » Local Farmer’s Dreams, pg. 6


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Mrs. Betsy Eichelberger

By Peggy Miller

information. Paten farms slightly less than three acres which include assortment of vegetables including lima beans, peas, turnips, mustards and collard greens to support his family and friends nutritional needs. However, Paten greatest fulfillment occurs when planting and harvesting sugar cane. Paten prefers planting Pink 511 sugar cane because it requires less maintenance and it will withstand Mississippi’s oppressive summer heat. Paten normally harvest cane in mid October in preparation for the syrup making process. Paten transports cane to a local syrup mill in Neshoba County, MS. Syrup making involves boiling the juice for several hours, and making sure to skim the surface of the juice throughout the process. When prepared properly, this approach yields thick syrup extremely sweet, making it ideal for use in both home cooking and the preparation of commercial foods. Paten shares the final product with family members and other to spur on life’s dreams in rural America.

In October of 2013, I had the privilege to spend time with two farmers in the Winston County community who were over the age of ninety years. I believe that everyone’s life yields a story, and Mrs. Betsy Eichelberger is one of three who was quite proud to share her story with me. This is only a narrative of her account. Few of us can say that we’ve ever been in the company of a World War 1 Veteran. By far, that is not the case with Mrs. Betsy Eichelberger. William James Eichelberger, taking on the surname of his slave owners migrated with them from South Carolina to Mississippi in 1860. In December of 1941, Betsy Ann Hughes became the wife of William Eichelberger and together, they purchased sixty acres of land in Winston County, residing in what is currently known as the Mt. Sinai community. Like most people during that time, the Eichelbergers used the sixty acres as farm land, raising cows, hogs, horses, chickens, vegetables, Louisiana cane and cotton. Most of their labor was

accomplished by hand. The Louisiana cane they grew was made into syrup at the mill owned by Whites. But later, Black men in the community came together and purchased a mill of their own. Everyone who took their cane to the mill cut wood to keep the fire going while the syrup was cooking. Raising their own animals for meat was a huge benefit for the family. They would salt it down to help preserve it, and hang it up in the family owned smoke house. Mrs. Betsy recalled that they would walk by at any time and just slice a piece of the ham off to eat; convincing me it was some of the best eating around. The Eichelbergers raised twelve children on their selfcontained farm, but still had time for them

At 95, she is still processing and freezing fresh vegetables that she raises in her Raised Bed gardens. She even put up peas this year. to participate in the 4H club in Winston County under the leadership of Mr. Milton E. Dean, who was then the Winston County Agent. Today, there is a county owned park in Winston County named in his honor. The Eichelberger family donated many chickens to the 4H club. I was able to take a step back in time with Mrs. Betsy as she talked about her childhood and growing up during the days of segregation in the South. There were twelve children born into her family and at ninety-five years, she is the only sibling still living. Mrs. Betsy and her siblings, as did most black children walked to their school each day, while the

Mr. Willis Rash By Peggy Miller

On November 1, 2013, I had the privilege to meet Mr. Willis Rash. Mr. Rash is a Winston County resident who has lived in the area all of his 94 years. He is the oldest of twelve siblings who grew up on a farm with their parents who were share croppers. “One mule was all we owned,” says Mr. Rash, as he described his family as “Poor Folks,” at that time farming ten to twelve acres. As an eleven year old boy, Mr. Rash was presented with what he considers to be the hardest days of his life. His dad, uncle, and cousin owned a Whiskey mill and were eventually arrested and sentenced to a term of one year in Parchman (oldest prison in Mississippi, constructed in 1901 in Delta, MS). There were seven or eight in the family when his dad went away to prison and his Mother had no way to support them. However (described as a business woman by her son), she was not without a plan. In the next days, she put him on the back of their only mule, and sent him off to a White man’s place with a note. The note explained their situation as well as asking the man to furnish them (allow them to stay on his land) until his father got out of prison. While share cropping for this man, they heard of another piece of land that had back taxes owed. Mr. Rash’s mother entered into an agreement with the man that allowed him to purchase the land for them and she agreed to pay him back with the money they made off the land. There wasn’t a house on the land, so Mr. Rash’s mother negotiated a deal with the White owner of a saw mill which she agreed to outsource the labor of the three oldest sons

to the saw mill in return for lumber to build their house. The first year on the land, He and his mother planted enough cotton to make one bale, in addition to planting a big sorghum patch, sweet potatoes and having a big hog killed. Mr. Rash says it took three years working at the mill and making crops to pay off the debts. They did all the farming with just one mule. Being such a young age, Mr. Rash says the intense and hard labor took an enormous toll on him. Work was so demanding that his schooling was limited to four months out of the year. But he remembers that the little red school house was consolidated with 1 or 2 rooms. He was held back the years when the family couldn’t afford to buy clothes and books. When Mr. Rash was seventeen or eighteen years old, he went to work on his own and

eventually married at the age of twenty. He was married for close to sixty years, but he is now a widower. He and his wife farmed and went into the cattle business. They owned about forty-eight heads at one time, and he owned a small grocery store for about seventeen years. Mr. Rash explains that even though cattle were his biggest asset, he later got into logging and hauling pulp wood. He says that pulp wood was a big commodity in the state of Mississippi. “They had a little pulp wood yard in just about every county seat,” he recalled. “I did whatever I had to do to keep things going.” As he reminisced about the past, he interjected, “I worked with FHA when Regan was in office, and was hungriest when Hoover was president.” “It was then that I switched from Republicans to Democrats.”

white kids rode pass on wagons, taunting them along the way. That all stopped when her dad spoke to the fathers of the white kids about the incidents. Her family’s farm was pretty much self-sufficient, but they had to go into town to purchase sugar and flour and to sell their cash crop which was cotton. She described the process of picking and weighing the cotton before loading it onto wagons and taking it into town. The Gin at that time was located in Louisville. At the Gin, they re-weighed the cotton, made it into bales and sold them to the highest bidder. “There were separate facilities in town for Blacks and Whites; but Blacks were allowed into the homes of Whites to clean and cook,” says Mrs. Betsy. Desegregation brought about change; but I liked it better when things were segregated,” she admitted. Everyone in the family pretty much specialized in some area. Her Mother made their soap from “hog fat”; let it harden and then cut it up into bars. Some of the girls even sewed clothes for the family, which Mrs. Betsy says looked as if they were store bought. Being the third youngest of twelve children, Mrs. Betsy’s chores included helping out in the kitchen, requiring her to cook at an early age. The family even sold milk to a man in a Milk truck that made rounds to their house. She laughed as she told me that she and her siblings invented “skim milk” by adding water to the milk. But of course, the Whole milk brought more money because it contained more cream. Mrs. Betsy’s parents taught her the value of land and she and her husband taught their children the same. James Eichelberger died in 1959 with complication of diabetes, but Mrs. Betsy continued to farm with her children. At 95, she is still processing and freezing fresh vegetables that she raises in her Raised Bed gardens. She even put up peas this year. Mrs. Betsy Eichelberger is currently the oldest member at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist where she has been for a lifetime. “No more Republicans for me. They turned the slaves loose and gave them nothing. I don’t know anyone who got 40 acres and a mule.” Mr. Rash recalled when people were leaving the south and going to Chicago. They were telling stories about making big money. He said that he and his wife bought a big traveling truck to go to California, but they never went. Still today, he is glad they remained in Winston County. According to Mr. Rash, many left to make the big money, but returned with nothing more than they had when they left. Age has become a factor in requiring Mr. Rash to down-size, but he is still running 4 heads of cattle at the ripe age of 94; however, he still plows a garden each year. He has fewer rows the past two years, but is still growing what he needs to eat. Cooking and washing are part of his daily chores, and he says he still likes to hang his close outside to dry on those sun-shinny days. Mr. Rash and his wife had no children; however, he has nephews and other relatives that check on him daily. He makes it his business to get up every morning and check on his cows, putting out hay during the winter months. He says he mainly enjoys his day, but there is always something to do. Mr. Willis Rash is a member of Hopewell Methodist Church where he was Sunday School Superintendent for over 50 years. He still serves as a Deacon in the church.


Louisiana Ag Tour Day

JANUARY 2015 | THE GREENSBORO ECHO - 7 father farmed 80 years ago. He shared how he has managed to preserve his legacy while making improvements. The Robinson’s farm consists of a huge variety of vegetables and beef cattle. The WCSHC left the Robinson’s farm with anticipation of planning a Saving Rural America Rally Day there in the near future.

FSC Annual EPES, AL

By Rosie Harris

By Rosie Harris

Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) departed on June 8, 2014 from Louisville, MS, attending the Louisiana Ag Tour Day; held in Greensburg, Louisiana. This tour commenced with our first stop in Summit, MS, where we visited Mr. and Mrs. Bobby McKennis’ hay farm. The McKennis’ operates a farm that produces hay for clients from Southwest Mississippi to Louisiana. Bobby stated that he purchased the farm from his deceased wife’s grandfather. He normally bales between 15 & 19 thousand square bales per year, and an additional 1000 round custom roll bales. We spent the night in McComb, MS, at the Hampton

Cattleman’s College

Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) members traveled to Epes, AL, on August 15, 2014, for the Annual Federation of Southern Cooperatives Meeting. Several Speakers presented: Dr. Herbert Hamer, Jerry Pennick, Loretta Picciano, Senator Billy Singleton, Amadou Diop, Cheryl Bailey, Attorney Monica Range, John Zippert, and Ralph Paige, and many others. The presenters encouraged the delegates to…

Inn Hotel. After a hearty breakfast, the journey continued on to St. Helena Parish in Greensburg, LA. The WCSHC toured and observed several small beef cattle, vegetables, swine and poultry farms in St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes. The tour ended with a visit to the Klenipeter’s Dairy Farm where we were given an invigorating tour and explanation of Mr. Klenipeter’s management and production of over 500 dairy cows. Participants received plate lunches which included ribs, chicken and other sides from Mr. Warner Hall on the journey home; a final stop was made in Brookhaven, MS, at Mr. Robert Robinson’s farm. Mr. Robinson gave a brief overview on how he is still farming land that his

My life as a member of WCSHC

By Rosie Harris

Winston County Self Help Cooperative members traveled on August 27, 2014, to Cattleman’s College, in West Point, MS. We began our tours by going on a field trip on the farm. There were students from West Point high school in FFA participating in the Field Day Program. There were twelve

“Know your market person, know what’s selling best, sit in the sales when you’re not selling, and be familiar with the market.” demonstration plots with different types of herbicides for varieties of grasses and weed control for better production of grazing for cattle. We had many presentations on how to manage your cattle in a way so that the cattle will not be stressed. The presenters also stress the importance of knowing and understanding how to enhance the value of your cattle. Also, know the advantages and disadvantages of cross-breeding cattle, so it’s always best to be knowledgeable of basic management practices. Know your market person, know what’s selling best, sit in the sales when you’re not selling, and be familiar with the market. Keep a careful watch on your cows and cull them when necessary. Dr. Dan Scruggs gave pertinent information on Herd Health Program. Think of your herd, he said, as Insurance Policy Variables. WE enjoyed a very hearty lunch, prime rib steak sandwiches, with all the trimmings.

• Remember the struggles of our predecessors which allow us to enjoy the benefits today…We must preserve our heritage by supporting our1890 Land Grant Institutions. • Recruit our youth and encourage them to become a part of agriculture. Teach them the value and benefits of being involved. • Know the dynamics and versatility of managing practices in Agriculture. • Become knowledgeable and concerned about the Agriculture Census of African Americans. While the number of Black Farmers has increased, the number of women farmers has decreased by 2 percent, according to the 2012 censes. Be counted and participate so there will be more money flowing in our communities • Visit the local FSA office to know the different types of loans and programs available. • Become informed about heir property. African Americans are losing too much land because of “not taking care of the business” properly. The day ended with the Annual Prayer Breakfast where Dr. Myra Bryant led the congregation in Praise and Worship in the most profound way. The Message was given by Reverend Wendell Paris. Scripture: Joshua 14:6 – 12; Subject: “When Giants Keep Coming Back.” Rev. Wendell stated, “The Final Analysis is that JESUS IS THE GIANT KILLER.” The WCSHC members left Epes, AL informed, empowered, motivated, and inspired.

By Rosie Harris

There comes a time in life when we must stop and do a self-evaluation. We all have a value system and it’s imperative how and what it looks like. Isaiah 1: 17,18a ESV; Cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord….. This is a serious transformative washing which caused me to detox myself. In the process, I was blessed and highly favored to become informed and become a member of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative Group. It was a breath of fresh air and an opportunity to meet a new fellowship of Believers. Yes, our religious affiliates, social status, physical make-ups were different, but it was a conduit to build relationships based upon focus on helping and meeting needs of people, at the same time, sharing information and learning of ways to strengthen and help build Rural America. My experiences as a member of Winston County Self Help

Cooperative have been phenomenal. As God transforms us, then we are able to be disciple to others and be an advocate as we strengthens each other. “As iron sharpens iron,” we learn to sharpen each other minds, help each other grow, and be in tune to the needs of our fellow members. To be sharpened, I believe, is to be ready, useful, and productive in life. I have been given many opportunities to travel, observe and learn many practices that are beneficial and helpful now, and in the future. Thank God for superb leadership, Frank Taylor, and good Fellowship, (Members). Thank God for fellow-members who have been so acceptable and supportive. I am so grateful to be a part of this great Organization to give my energy and time helping to, “Save Rural America.”Thank you members for your acceptance of me being a part of this great organization, Winston County Self Help Cooperative; it has been a tremendous joy and pleasure to serve with you. May God’s blessings be with us as we move forward to share the good news to continue save and build Rural America.

Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop

By Rosie Harris

Sandra Jackson, Facilitator / Presenter The meeting convened at 10:10am with Sandra giving a brief introduction about Alzheimer’s disease. She stated that it has to be dealt with on an individual basis, as it affects each one differently. She stressed the fact that sometimes it’s hard to recognize the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of » Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop, pg. 8


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On 364 Day of 2014 WCSHC at Work families start their cattle operations. Taylor recounted the modest increase of vendors and the sale of produce at Louisville Farmers’ Market. Members anticipated expanding their farm operations into more all natural and organic production to meet the consumer demand. Taylor spoke vocally and candidly about “individuals paying their property taxes, insurance premiums and mortgage to ensure their

• Memory changes that disrupt daily life. Challenges in planning or solving problems. • Difficulty completing family tasks. Confusion with time or place • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. • New problems with words in speaking or writing. Changes in mood and personality. • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. • Decreased or poor judgment. Withdrawal from work or social activities. According to Sandra, if you or someone you care about is experiencing any of these warning signs, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future. Experience has taught us that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be upsetting for both the individual and those who care about them. Therefore, a “First Steps for Families” brochure was given as a resource for guiding families through life after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. If you are the primary caregiver or an involved family member, you can follow the steps provided to make life a little easier. We also learned that there are different stages of Alzheimer’s disease. There is the “Mild Stage,” and as it progresses, there is a “Late Stage.” This information shared during today’s session was extensive. If you would like more information on Alzheimer’s or if you would like for Ms. Sandra Jackson to come speak at your next event, you may contact her at the Winston County Extension Office. You may also reach her by contacting Frank Taylor at 601-291-2704.

Taylor reiterated WCSHC’s successes including the record setting pass on of 18 heifers to help four families start their cattle operations. By Staff

The old sports adage said winning starts with a vigorous preseason of preparations before the season starts in earnest. Players develop a regiment of exercise to build muscles, endurance and stamina to ready their bodies for full competition. If, this analogy stands to be true then the Winston County Self Help Cooperative should excel in 2015. On 364 day of 2014 the winter solstice moved towards spring as member of WCSHC assembled for 2015’s Kickoff Meeting at the Louisville Coliseum. Some members arrived 30 minutes in advance before the gavel dropped on the 1:45pm start of 2015’s Kickoff Meeting. “This format proves to be advantageous for members because most businesses and schools remain closed through the

holidays. Our Kickoff Meeting helps to cultivate camaraderie among team members. The first two months of 2015 will be intense due to our schedule of conferences and others planned activities according to Jean Harper. “WCSHC will celebrate thirty years of serving rural Americans throughout 2015; therefore, we will be extremely busy with celebratory milestones in rural America.” George Miller articulated words of encouragement for the year of 2015 and strength for the least of mankind. Frank Taylor, WCSHC Team, called Kick off Meeting to order and thanked each individual for their amazing support in 2014 and for scarifying part of their holiday vacation to meet on this brisk windy afternoon. Taylor reiterated WCSHC’s successes including the record setting pass on of 18 heifers to help four

family future.” Taylor said “you should audit your monthly expenses to verify current charges to make certain of not being over charged for unnecessary services such as added charges on to your phone bill.” The discussion continued with unveiling of tentative agenda for WCSHC’ s 8th Saving Rural America and Youth Conference Friday January 23, 2015 at Louisville Coliseum. Jean Harper shared tidbits about youth involvement which includes local headstart and public schools students engaging with farmers and resources providers. This will allow an opportunity to demonstrate how plants grow into eatable vegetables. 2015’s kickoff Meeting ended with members chatting about the possibilities of lower fuel prices adding more expendable income back into the local economy to increase farm sales.

Local Farmers Honored By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

Farmers from all hues, ethnicities and nationalities received recognition in the Minority Landowner Magazine’s 6th Annual Farmers of the Year issue. The 2014’s Farmers of the Year list included a broad array of farm entities including forestry, blueberries, poultry, livestock and vegetable production from across the United States. These individuals received recognition for managing their natural resources and producing quality foods to help feed the world based on their farm skills. Most of 2014’s winners shared relationships with service providers such as USDA, extension and community based organizations to help shepherd their nomination letters through to the selection committee. The following members of Winston County Self Help Cooperative received 2014’s recognition including Thomas Coleman, Rosie Harris, Dee Dotson, Bobby Hardin, Robert & Anna Robinson and Richard & Ruthie Carter. WCSHC will celebrate 30 years of serving of Rural America starting on Friday January 23, 2015 with 8th Saving Rural America & Youth Conference at the Louisville Coliseum. This event will start at 7:30am and for more information contact Jean Harper 662-312-8004 or visit wcshc.com. You can read magazine from this link http://www.minoritylandowner. com/attachments/File/Minority_Landowner_2014_ Farmers_of_the_Year.pd...

Robert & Anna Robinson

Rosie Harris

Thomas Coleman

Dee Dotson

Bobby Hardin

Richard & Ruthie Carter


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ASU Honored McDonald Family

By Staff

Alcorn State University’s Department of Agriculture honored the Mcdonald Family of Louisville, MS during the University’s Annual Small Farmers’ Conference March 25, 2014 at Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, MS. Dr. Dalton McAfee presented Jewell McDonald and Ozolla Eichelberger with a plaque for their long-term commitment of managing God’s natural resources and serving as mentors for aspiring farmers. The plaque’s inscription stated special Recognition Awarded to the Mcdonald Family for years of Stewardship and Preservation of the Land for Future Generations. For years of Stewardship and Preservation of the Land for Future Generations “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” - Maya Angelou

WCSHC & MSU Partnered to Deliver Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) & Mississippi State University’s College (MSU) of Veterinary Medicine delivered health service for Co-op members’ cattle on October 3, 2014 at Alonzo & Peggy Miller’s Farm in Louisville, MS. MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Team administered a variety of vaccinations for more thirty animals. WCSHC formulated this relationship with MSU in 2005 to assist members in providing health care for their herds according to Co-op member Shelton Cooper.” Members collectively purchased a portable squeeze chute and other necessities to protect the College of Veterinary Medicine students and staff. This partnership helps ensure the passing on of quality animals through WCSHC’s Heifer Program and this propels the growth of health herds. Members receive these services absolutely at no cost through membership with WCSHC. Membership will help minimize your farm risk and enhance your opportunity of succeeding by working with experience farmers and sharing of knowledge. Visit our website wcshc.com for more information or call 601-291-2704. WCSHC conveys thanks to Dr. Walters & Veterinarian Students for delivering needed services for members’cattle.

Tomorrow’s Farmer Averill Gladney

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

We should ask ourselves this question; who will feed our families in the next 20 years? According to National Agricultural Statistic Service the average American farmer is 58 years old and growing older

by the minute with a glimmer of hope in 21 year old Averill Gladney, of Eupora, MS. Averill’s lifelong dream is to become a fulltime farmer with God’s blessings and support of his family & Winston County Self Help Cooperative. Averill first encounter with agriculture surfaced from riding horses and observing

other entities closely connected to farming such as hay production. This experience set Averill’s dreams assailed to inquire about cattle production and other means of earning income from natural resources. After consulting with his father, Averill » Tomorrow’s Farmer Averill , pg. 10

WCSHO Field Day

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

Wayne County Self Help Organization hosted their Fall Field Day on Monday September 29, 2014 at Richard and Ruthie Carter’s Farm in Eucutta, MS. In order to locate this hidden gem you must travel through vast pine plantations in Clarke, Wayne and Jasper Counties to southeast Mississippi. This trip allowed me an opportunity to absorb the superlatives and beauty of rural America. I observed several places of unmatched serenity to remove the disdain of life’s struggles. Therefore, I am inclined to plan a return excursion before befall of winter. This field day engaged farmers, landowners, USDA, public schools official and community based organizations shared information to spur economic growth in rural America. Rodney Pickens President of Wayne County Self Help Organization welcomed and extended an invitation to participate in other events sponsored by WCSHO. We meet on the first Saturday of each month 6pm at the Wayne County Extension Office 810-A Chickasawhay Street in Waynesboro, MS. Eddie Dear of the Dear Group mete out information about opportunity raising goats and how to obtain services through USDA for fencing and water. Esmerelda Dickson, Mississippi State Statistician-NASS said the 2012’s census report indicated Mississippi’s farm operations held steady from 2007. However, we need an accurate count of farms going forward and the National Agricultural Statistic Service will work local with organizations to ensure a truthful count in 2017. Kenneth Caves, Wayne County, NRCS-Supervisory DC highlighted the availability services through various programs to enhance and conserve our natural resources. Joe McFadden, Wayne County, FSA-CED reminded participants of information needed as first user of USDA. McFadden stated some individuals will receive FSA’s County Committee ballots in early November and ballots must return back to local office by December 4. Joe Doss of Wayne County Public Schools emphasized the needs of students to utilize the local vocational technical center as a career builder. Students can earn viable trades which could procure competitive salaries in the work force through our center. Winston County Self Help Cooperative illuminated a live radio broadcast from the field day. Taylor interviewed numerous individuals including Dr. Calvin King of Arkansas Land Farm Development located in Fargo, Arkansas. This educational event ended with a soulful meal prepared by the Carter Family and Friends. Again thanks to Richard and Ruthie Carter for serving as fantastic hosts.


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contacted WCSHC for technical advice in developing a farm management plan which initiated his quest. WCSHC assisted Averill in obtaining a Youth Loan through Farm Service Agency which he used to acquire 4 bred heifers in 2011. This positioned Averill to apply for USDA’s Microloan in 2013. With this loan Averill purchased14 heifers, tractor, hay spear, cattle trailer, bush hog, and cattle panels to enhance his farm operation. Averill said “I am building my farm operation with an aim of becoming a fulltime farmer to feed America. Presently, I am working for Natchez Trace Electric Power Association as apprentice linemen. I would like to thank Winston County Self Help Cooperative and USDA-Farm Service Agency for making my dreams a reality.” According to UDSA’s 2013 Statistics Mississippi lead the nation in approval of Microloans. In early January 2013Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small farmers and family operations which will allow beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers. For more information visit w w w. u s d a . g ov / w p s / p o r t a l / u s d a / usdahome.

WCSHC Supports Farmers’ Market

People from all over flocked to the Winston County’s Farmers Market to buy locally grown produce

By Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net

Winston County Self Help Cooperative is supporting local farmers and farmers’ markets by aggregating opportunities for consumers to purchase fresh and locally grown vegetables. We participated in Winston County’s Farmers Market on last Thursday and we had a fantastic time broadcasting and interviewing customers. The common theme chimed repetitiously by consumers was eye appealing and delicious looking vegetables according to customer Towana Hickman. “I cherish this opportunity of talking with producers and learning about their farming methods to improve my family health through the consumption of locally grown vegetables”.

Dorothy Nicholson Harper, Market’s Manager said “most vendors use all natural methods in planting and maintaining their vegetable farms to curtail chemical treatments. We appreciate our vendors for supporting Winston County’s Farmers Market with freshness, quality and superb vegetables weekly”. Janice Eichelberger Hopkins, Co-Manager indicated several reasons why families should support local farmers markets. “Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life. You will strengthen your local economy by buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting

to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities. We have vendors who provides add valued items including greens beans, pickled squash, pepper sauce and others tasteful productions. We have one vendor who sells homemade cakes, apples pies and other desserts”. The Winston County’s Farmers Market is a family event; therefore, we are inviting your entire family and friends to participate on Thursdays (4 to 6pm) in the Louisville Coliseum’s parking lot across from Louisville High School. If you are interested in participating as a vendor contact Dorothy 662-312-8004 or Janice 662-705-2019. See you at the market to help save Winston County.


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WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-1 WCSHC member participated in the annual Natchez Powwow featuring Native American dancing, foods, and crafts at Grand Village of the Natchez Indians March 29-30, 2014 in Natchez, MS. Hundreds of individuals from across the southeast engaged in this historic event.

WCSHC 8th Business Session July 24, 2014 at Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS and this business session focused on marketing local grown vegetables. This session occurred in conjunction with Winston County’s Farmers Market which allowed members to complete sells and participate. Jean Harper served homemade vanilla ice cream.

WCSHC cut and rolled 104 round bales of hay at co-op’s farm in Bethel Community. This hay will be used for feeding pass on animals and excess hay will be sold to members at cost. Additionally, WCSHC installed a heavy use pad with an accommodating water trough to provide quality water. Mississippi Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative assisted with implementation as a demonstrate project for the community at large.


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Winston County’s Farmers Market July 31, 2014 at Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS. On this day, the Winston County Diabetic Coalition provided incentive dollars to encourage the next generation of consumers to purchase local grown vegetables. Sandra Jackson, Winston County Extension 4-H Leaders facilitated a class on healthy eating as a perquisite to obtain incentive dollars. WCSHC appreciate the farmers’ market management team for working collectively to provide a venue for farmers to sell locally.

WCSHC 9th Business Session August 11, 2014 at Winston County Extension office in Louisville, MS. This business session served as an outreaching meeting featuring World Renew Community, a disaster response service based in the state of Michigan shared their purposes. Denny Stoel said our organization work with families to rebuild homes and communities’ infrastructure after natural disasters. He explained why individuals should complete community assessment surveys to underscore Winston County’s needs in term of recovering from April 28, 2014’s tornado. Others guests included Savannah Jackson-MAC and Daniel Teague-ACSHC. WCSHC’s 9th Business Session concluded as Sharonne Cooper & Team served fried pan trout fish along with Shirley Gladney’s tasteful Cole slaw. Jean Harper’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream shepherd participants home with joyful feelings.


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WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-3 Dee Dotson upholds WCSHC’s Motto of “Saving Rural America” at 91 years old by managing God’s Natural Resources. Dee is a founding member of Winston County Self Help Cooperative and he continues to channel relevant leadership in times of uncertainties

Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance Meeting is based in Egypt, MS (Chickasaw County). This group formed in 2013 under the decisive leadership of Chris & Carolyn Jones. Members are centralized in Northeast Mississippi. MMFA’s provides leadership and inspiration for beginning and returning farmers.

WCSHC Fifth Business Session at Frank Taylor’s 101 Greensboro Road Louisville, MS. this session assembled the aftermath on April 28, 2014 tornado. This tornado rippled lives, families, and businesses into perpetuity. Ten families loss loved ones and animals through this unforeseen event. FEMA, MEA & SBA offered a variety services to help families to restart their lives. Coach M. C. Miller engaged with participants and shared his concerns for Winston Countians. Fifth business session concluded with a fish fry by Sharrone Cooper and Team.


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5 /28/ 2014 Eastern Mississippi Small Farmers Field Day at AM & PM’s Farm and WCSHC’s Sixth Business Session at 5020 Highpoint Weir Road Louisville, MS. WCSHC and Neshoba Gin sponsored field day activities. For more details read posted news flash. Read more in posted new flash

1/23/2014 Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 7th SRAC at Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS. This conference entailed relationships, partnerships and friendships to spur on economic development through farm practices. Read more in posted news flash

4/20/2014 Chicken Auction every third Saturday in Carthage, MS on Hwy 25 N, 601-750-0954. They auction all type of animals at this unique event. You should attend this happening event.


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WCSHC 2014 PHOTO GALLERY-5 2/1/2014 WCSHC and Mid-South Progressive Agricultural Group conducted their 1st Saving Rural America Conference on the historic campus of Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. WCSHC consumed a fabulous meal prepared by Annie’s Restaurant on Friday along with a tour of various farms. Saturday’s consisted of workshops focused on assisting farmers in obtaining needed services to develop successful farms. USDA, Alcorn State University Extension Program, WCSHC, Steve Richardson and others presented.

4/5/2014 Greensboro Day Celebration presented individuals, friends and visitors a day of fun and games on Frank Taylor’s Lawn in Greensboro, MS. 2014’s celebration started on Friday Night with a fish fry and other forms of entertainment. Saturday’s activities featured a parade including horses and cars. Read posted News Flash. Joan Miller Eiland and Elaine Miller Hobson are organizing Greensboro Day April 4, 2015’s celebration. Read more in posted new flash


JANUARY 2015 | THE GREENSBORO ECHO - 16 food prepares - WCSHC Members wholeheartedly thank Sharoone and Duck for preparing excellent meals throughout 2014

The Small Farmers Leadership Institute continues to derive dividends through friendships and partnerships to deliver needed services to rural Americans with proficiency. These leadership graduates recent dined together and shared information concerning crops, livestock production and forestry. Frank Taylor, Carl James and Warner Hall members of the inaugural class of 2005.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO our SUPPORTERS WCSHC Radio Broadcast with the Voice of Rural America Frank Taylor. If you have an issue in need of a voice, then, contact Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth or 601-291-2704. This radio program is dedicated to help save rural America. Visit our website WCSHC.com Find past and up coming shows at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/savingruralamerica

WCSHC Newspaper January 2015  

WCSHC Newspaper January 2015

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