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February 19, 2010

Franklin County Extension partners on farmer scholarships

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Martha Mobley talks with an employee at Raleigh's Whole Foods. (Natalie Hampton photo)

Beginning, small or part-time farmers in Franklin County will be able to apply for grant funds to implement small projects on their operations, thanks to a partnership between N.C. Cooperative Extension and Whole Foods of Raleigh. During the month of February, the store on Wade Avenue has posted donation boxes at cash registers, inviting customers to contribute to the scholarship fund. The money collected will be turned over to Franklin County’s agriculture board.

Martha Mobley, Franklin County agriculture Extension agent who helped arrange the program with Whole Foods, said the agriculture board will award grants to local farmers, based on an application process. On Feb. 18, Mobley and several Franklin County farmers were on hand at Whole Foods to share information about Franklin County farms and the scholarship project. Store customers stopped by with questions and to drop donations in the scholarship box.

Mobley says small operations in her county are growing, thanks in part to the promotion of local foods in the county. In May, Cooperative Extension partners with the Franklin County Arts Council and other sponsors to host a two-day Farm, Foods and Crafts Tour, along with a local foods dinner. This year’s events will take place May 15-16.
-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at February 19, 2010 09:16 AM