Farmers' Market taking shape

The new Farmers' Market is taking shape in the parking lot next to the Station on South Locust. The lot will also serve as parking for businesses at the Station and for the Friday Night Jamboree with the market set up on Saturdays.

Station on South Locust developer Woody Crenshaw went ahead with plans for the market after the Town of Floyd couldn't get its act together for participation in the project.

The new Farmers’ Market is taking shape in the parking lot next to the Station on South Locust. The lot will also serve as parking for businesses at the Station and for the Friday Night Jamboree with the market set up on Saturdays.

Station on South Locust developer Woody Crenshaw went ahead with plans for the market after the Town of Floyd couldn’t get its act together for participation in the project.

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4 Responses

  1. Dear Ducky; I am one of 15 volunteers that serve on the SustainFloyd Board of Directors. I can understand your skepticism, and while I probably can’t satisfy your suspicion with a blog post I ought to respond. I am speaking for myself, as all the directors are individuals first, and are motivated to volunteer by allied but diverse purposes.

    First we are neither outside nor insiders; I came to Floyd 24+years ago to work on process and agricultural issues and wastewater permitting and treatment at Floyd Ag, the original ethanol cooperative. I still work in this field, interpreting site and soil issues for landowners requiring permitting and/or constructing water treatment systems. I also farm on a small scale, perhaps similar to your own, vegetables, cattle and saddle horses, a woodlot; and have many friends that work the land to support themselves. Mine is not a theoretical perspective.

    When people volunteer to work together they go through a period of acclimatization. I think the SF process is still trying to find traction for participating in the community discussion as a group. It is a painfully slow, and complex development for 15+ individuals to unify in agreement, and resolve to volunteer to work together on as vague an idea as Sustainability. Indeed our mission statement while coherent, loses traction due to the pressures, legal, cultural and individual. The balance of wishing not to offend, versus offering to participate in change is delicate. And there is understanding that we must earn a place at the table of ideas, this is different than expressing as an individual by opinion, or action.

    Regarding the Farmers Market:
    Woody has shouldered the task of creating a market in the walking center of Floyd, beside the site of the old Harvest Moon. He is obviously committed to acting on his inspiration, and though he has sought partnership with the Town, and others he has succeeded in assembling the means to create a remarkable structure on property beside the Station which he bought and renovated. Many people and businesses have contributed to this process, my contribution is below the surface in the form of a stormwater detention and infiltration system that reduces the runoff from the site and allows for groundwater recharge and reuse of rain water. Other County residents have contributed design, materials, labor and ideas to assist Woody in the project.
    Woody has proposed that SustainFloyd manage the Farmer’s Market, and we are working to take this on.

    The idea of working together for the betterment of all is not new; indeed this is the central focus of the sustain movement. In our case we are advocates for an environmentally sound and socially just future in Floyd County. My friend Jason says the secret to sustainability is simple, work hard and make it look like fun so other people join up.

    SustainFloyd is sponsoring an event which will create a forum of ideas advanced by different people call Split Rail; the event has its roots in concerns about climate change, which may not seem very local. We have come to realize that our choices have global and local effects. We choose to consider these choices, and invite others to join us. Floyd as the county seat seems a fine place to continue the tradition of congregating for commerce, conversation, and education.

    Regards, Jeff T. Walker

  2. The thing that stands out is that for an organization called ‘Sustainable’ why are they recreating venues we already have- like we already have artists in the WinterSun and we already have a Farmer’s Market in the Harvest Moon. Why are they not collaborating with these business owners to make things better, rather than steamrollering over everybody to make things their own? Who needs another blessed pottery shop, for crying out loud? I have a farm in Floyd- no one has asked me to contribute food or excess crops. Who are these people actually talking to and come to think of it- why are the names of the Board and committee members not on the website? So, really, besides Woody Crenshaw – who are these Sustainable Floyd people and have they been in Floyd long enough to know what ‘Sustainable’ really means? Do they themselves garden for their dinner? Come on now, Floyd, wake up. We are being run over by outsiders.

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