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Take a peak inside this newsletter to see some amazing statistics on the impact this and other programs have in the community! Barbara Southerland of the Farm Bureau Women explains how fruits & vegetables are grown.

The Summer Sizzled With Fun! Fall 2017  Greeneville, Tennessee

We anticipate the Farm and Food Learning Center will be completed in Mid November! Watch for more information about our grand opening in the spring! The construction is nearly complete, “We are excited about the progress of the building!” said executive director Sally Causey. “Due to cost overruns, we’re farther from our financial goal than we realized and still need to raise funds.” Donations can be made at If you would like to donate a specific item, see the wish list on our website.

Rural Resource's Community Outreach program touches hundreds of lives every year through food distributions, food preservation classes, raised-bed and container garden installations, and children's farmers markets. The children's farmers market introduces elementary school students to a farmer and the concept of a farmers’ market, encourages better food choices and provides an opportunity to use math skills with play money to buy produce to take home with them.

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The summer sizzled with local food events at the farm and downtown! The annual meeting and cookout featured kids’ events, local music, face painting and lots of fun! The Incredible Farm Dinner, the first of its kind farm-to-table event held on Main Street in Greeneville, put an elegant twist on local foods. Guests enjoyed a five-star meal and live jazz music by local musicians. Our annual meeting and local foods cookout welcomed neighbors from lowincome housing and a local assisted living facility. For our cookout, we partnered with First Presbyterian Church and Costa Del Sol Mexican restaurant, to give the event a Latin twist with grilled fajitas and a live Mexican band! We also unveiled a mural by local artist Sam Lane. The mural, pictured below, art activities and music for our farm events were sponsored by the TN Arts Commission.

FFTT Teens At Berea College! Two Farm and Food Teen Training youth are attending Berea College! Faelyn Campbell is a sophomore studying biology, and Veronica Smith began her first year this August to pursue a degree in education. Both credit Rural Resources ‘ Farm and Food Teen Training program and it’s partnership with Grow Appalachia and Berea College with setting them on the path to a debt-free college education that will help them achieve their dreams.

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She raised a total of $210. She credits the Farm and Food Teen Training program, which she began in the 6th-grade, with setting her life, as well as all her siblings’ lives, on a path to success through farming and cooking skills. This is her story, in her own words.

Rhiannon and her husband, Joe, got married at Rural Resources.

Rhiannon Williams, an alumna of the Farm and Food Teen Training Program, used her 21st birthday to raise money for us.

Williams created a Facebook fundraiser for Rural Resources and asked people to donate to it rather than give her birthday presents.

“The Farm and Food Teen Training Program helps at-risk teens to gain skills to work in agricultural and culinary fields,” Williams explained. “The skills learned along the way helped gain me entrance to my dream school and an incredible job that is the foundation for my future career. (Rhiannon’s story continued on insert)

She’s Never Been Happier Marilyn Weston is the happiest she's been in her 65 years of life. Although she spent 35 years of her life as a professional cook, she has found a way to use her skills that makes her feel more fulfilled than when she was managing restaurants.

In 10 years 174 teens have participated in 16,250 hours of training.

From August 2016 to August 2017 

52 teens participated in 392 hours of training.

230 Children participated in Farm Day Camp, Children’s Farmers Markets and Field Trips for 2,295 hours of farm and food related educational activities.

89 home and community gardens were established in the teen and community outreach programs, yielding more than 2,033 lbs. of produce.

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More than 20 hours of preservation classes were conducted with teens and public housing residents. Community partners* helped to distribute 65,159 lbs. of food and conduct the 5210 health campaign.

495 volunteers gave 1,976 hours of service.

Marilyn is teaching others to cook and preserve food at the Greeneville Terrace housing development, where she has lived for nearly five years, making it possible for others to enjoy better nutrition, extend their food budgets and gain a sense of self-sufficiency while having fun in the kitchen. * When organizations work together, we know we have a greater impact. Key hands-on partners include Greene County Schools, Greeneville City Schools, Second Harvest Food Bank, UT Extension, John Deere, First Presbyterian Church and Greene county Health Council.

She is part of the community outreach program, led by Rhonda Hensley from Rural Resources. This is her story.

"I was a professional cook all my life -- 35 years," Marilyn said. "I'm from this area so I always had a garden. When I was a child, I learned to can. That's how we kept our gardens. (Marilyn’s story continued on insert)

for a stronger, healthier community and a sustainable future. Marilyn slices peaches to prepare for canning.

*This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2016-33800-25607 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Marilyn’s Story Continued ….

Ladies at Greeneville Terrace prepare for canning with Marilyn Weston & Amanda Weston of UT Extension

“Poor people didn't have freezers, you know. So you had to learn to can everything, even your hog meat. Of course, Daddy would salt the hams and all that.

Rhiannon’s Story Continued ...

“We canned outside. Mama just took her washing tub and we put rags and stuff in between the jars and built a fire and while that was cooking — which took four hours for beans — you had to keep water boiling to pour in it as the water dissipated. You couldn't pour cold water in it. It would bust your jars.

“I also gained invaluable management and leaderships skills that allows me to grow within my field. I am completing my bachelors degree in English Literature and starting Graduate School at the University of Tennessee.

"I was the oldest of seven siblings. My Daddy died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 42, when I was 13. My mother was 37 years old with seven children. I took care of those children. Bone poverty — you have no idea. But you know what? We made it. And we made it good.

"That's how it started. Then I got married early in my life. I started canning in my own home when I was 17. bad.

"Then, as I went through my professional life, I also learned professionally how to preserve food and keep things from going

"I've been teaching here at Greeneville Terrace just this season. Lori, our manager, told Rhonda Hensley of Rural Resources about my canning. They came to see me and that's how I got started.

“My parents, Patty and Christopher, had access to fresh organic produce raised by their children for a fraction of the price of the local grocery stores,” Williams said. “This was and continues to be life changing for a family living below the poverty line. “My older sister Corina is now the manager of a multi-million dollar store working in food service. The skills she Rhiannon, Faelyn and a calf at the Rural Resources booth during the Greene County Fair.

"Once you get the hang of it, canning is so enjoyable, it really is, to see the different things you've done. Then, as you get more experienced with it, you can get into more complicated things like chutneys and all the different things you can do that you can show off to your friends.

learned from Rural Resources in management, conflict resolution, and kitchen skills allowed her to quickly grow in the company. She is also attending college part time — no easy task while working 70+ hours a week.

"The main thing is just learning how to preserve things out of your garden or that you've gotten from the produce market or — for the people that live in the economic times like we do, that are poorer than other people, that get commodities — learn to work those commodities up and not lose them. So many people don't know what to do with stuff they get.

“My younger sister Faelyn is a Sophomore at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, a prestigious liberal arts college with a focus on agricultural science. Completing a BS in Biology is just the first step towards her goal of becoming a Marine Biologist.

"So this whole program is teaching everybody how to use what they have. Don't throw it away because you don't know what to do with it. There's no need of losing perfectly good food. "I love teaching it. I love seeing young people realize that we can put seeds in the ground, watch it grow and then put our bounty up. That makes it so rewarding.

“During her time in the program, Faelyn ran her own business raising rabbits. This past summer, she worked as a counselor for the farm's summer Farm Day Camp, a program that connects young children with the joys of farm life. She leads kids in sustainable crafts, teaches them about plant growth, and fun aspects of livestock care, such as milking cows. She, like the rest of our family, loves every minute at the farm.

“The ladies that are coming are ecstatic. We have made canned tomatoes, jellies, homemade vegetable soup, potatoes, tomato juice, and more. "We're going to have a dinner in December to show off our bounty. We're going to have pot roast and we're going to use our potatoes and carrots and onions for the pot roast. We're going to have chicken. We're going to have potato salad made with the pickles and stuff that we canned. We're going to try to use a little bit of everything that we made. I'm going to make apple stack cake with our apple butter. Maybe an apple cobbler or two from the apple pie filling we canned.”

“My youngest sibling Ren is a great example of the inclusion and love the program has for every teenager. Ren is a gender fluid teen. Rural Resources focuses on the individual growth of each teen, no matter who they are, allowing them to grow as a person and expand their skills and world view. The staff at Rural Resources is an extended family for us Campbells, and they embrace Ren for who they are.”

Marilyn and her group of canners also set aside a jar of everything they make to stock an emergency food pantry for those who come into the apartments without any food or money. Often those are women and children who have fled an abusive home and have nothing. "I'm real happy with all this," Marilyn says. "I'm real happy they came to me. I didn't think I'd enjoy it but I do. I have never been as happy." The fledgling program builds on years of work running the Mobile Farmers Market and helping families start container gardening and is also assisted by Amanda Weston (ironically with the same last name as Marilyn) of UT Extension. It has already impacted a dozen households and Marilyn expects it to grow. She hopes that she and Rhonda will be able to take the program into other housing developments.

Rhiannon and her family is one example of our impact. The need is great. Teens in rural, economically challenged areas often feel they have few options. Rural Resources is committed to empowering youth for a better future.

"What we're doing is trying to get more funding so we can go to different complexes in the community," Marilyn says. "I'm sure that once we show people what we can do, they'll fund us,” Marilyn says. I'm positive of it."

“Will you help us start them on their paths to success? Visit or call 423-636-8171 to sponsor a teen or give a gift of any size now! The program coordinator can be reached at A photograph of Rhiannon Campbell Williams taken at Rural Resources.

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Thank You to Our Capital Campaign Donors! M. S. Amoss, Jr. and L.L. Kambri Jerry & Sally Anderson Andrew Johnson Bank Appalachian Regional Commission Amy & William Armstrong Carol and Ronald Arnold Martha & Phil Bachman Connie and Michael Bartley Thomas and Mary Beckner Rodney & Emily Bell Carla Bewley Emily Bidgood Melinda & Paul Bilecki Paul Scala & Margaret Boardman Tina Brown John Brown & Darlene McCleish Catalyst Coffee Company Sally Causey and George Spivey Betty Causey John & Beth Causey Central Appalachian Network Jennifer and Watt Childress Harold and Emily Childress Lynn Mannan and Carol Collins Dave and Susan Cook Kathy Copeland Pagan & Victor Cox-Wilhoit Creamy Cup Berea Appalachain Fund Susie Donaldson Dan & Pat Donaldson Joyce Doughty Charlie & Nancy Douglas David & Tonya Easley East Tennessee Foundation Carolyn & Woodrow Fike Steve & Judith Flohr Forward Air Corporation Sammy & Peggy Fox Weymann Fussell GCS Partnership Heather Gilreath & Lance Klosterman Kelly Golden Phil Hamblett Michael H. and Jean Hartsell Mr. & Mrs. James A Haslam Mary Lou Hassel Jake & Cindy Lou Haun Joel S. Hausser & Barbara Freeland Beth Roberts Hembre William (Bill) Murrah & Elizabeth (Betty) Henalt David Hendricksen Tim & Barbara Hodges Hilde Hohmann Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holland Mike and Jennifer Hollowell Susan Holzschuh Lee House Brad Hyde

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We are enormously proud and deeply grateful that the following Rural Resources friends are being honored with gifts that are making the Farm & Food Learning Center and surrounding grounds possible: Hugh Causey Bill and Joyce Corby Bill Herrick Sarah Ledford George Muller And All Musicians who have or will play at Rural Resources, and All who hear them!

Fall newsletter 2017  
Fall newsletter 2017