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Blue Ridge Agri-Cultural Center

Blue Ridge Agri-Cultural Center

200 River Street, Blue Ridge (GA), 30513, United States

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About Building a Regional Food Economy: Additionally BRACC will work to foster relationships with farmers, encouraging sustainable farming careers and serving as an informational, mentoring resource for farming. The goal will be to shift both institutional and consumers’ existing food dollars to local foods, returning those funds to the local economy. And part of that $3.5 billion would flow back to farmers and food businesses. Greater spending locally can also increase the economic activity at the regional and community level, which can translate into jobs. As part of this initiative, BRACC will supply and house farming equipment (tractor, bedders) that can be driven or trailered to locations to provide low-cost rental options for charitable groups and young/small farmers.

Present Needs (February & March 2011):
• Landscape Design & Garden Mapping Guidance
• Garden Terrace & Irrigation Construction
• Garden Volunteers
• Grading/Gravel for Parking Area
• Garage to house Tractors
• Farm Equipment & Trailer
• Garden Hand Tools
• Trees, Plants & Seedlings
• Fencing to go over Cyclone Fencing in Place
• Self-Irrigation System
• Solar Panel Project
• Commercial Kitchen Equipment
• Construction Materials/Volunteers

Proposed Timeline/Status
• Non-Profit Filing (Underway)
• Land/Building Acquisition (Complete October 2010)
• Architectural Renderings (Complete – Under Contract with R DesignWorks)
• Building Renovation (Underway)
• Electrical Work (Underway)
• Gardens Planted (March/April)
• Gardens open to Public (May/Memorial Day)
• Kitchen/Building Facilities Open to Public (June)
• Chicken Coop (June)
• Apiary (July)
Mission Blue Ridge Agri-Cultural Center is an incubator for local food and culinary traditions connecting the community, the farmer and artisans through gardens, workshops, cooking classes, and cooperative agreements. BRACC will plant the seed of agri-cultural arts in families and community members via involvement with local civic organizations, summer parks & recreation programs, county schools, home-schooling associations, local government, secondary educational institutes, chefs, and restaurants.
Description Blue Ridge Agri-Cultural Center

The learning center will feature a community garden, honey production, smokehouse, classroom, professional kitchen, chicken coop, and outdoor cooking facility.

BRACC will also provide ordinary food for ordinary folks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese. In 2007, less than 22% of high school students and only 24% of adults reported eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Working with Feed Fannin, BRACC will develop a connection between surplus produce already grown and the families receiving it. Partners in the center include people and organizations working in the fields of agriculture, commercial fishing, community organizing, education, faith, finance, local government, nutrition, philanthropy, planning, public health, public policy and youth outreach. These activities will include the following and more:

• Cooking classes for All Ages and Socio-Economic Strata
• Free Produce for Eligible Family Connection/Food Bank Clients
• Integrated Container Gardens Program
• Business Incubator
• Seed Library Preserving Heritage Seeds
• Tourist Destination (Cooking/Gardens/Classes)
Founded 2011
  • 200 River Street, Blue Ridge (GA), 30513, United States
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