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Daily Archive for March 06 2014

SAGE graduates to build new microfarm this Saturday

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Saturday, March 8
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Intersection of Sixth Avenue and Rebecca Street on Charleston’s West Side

SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) moves into an exciting new chapter this Saturday with the creation of a second microfarm on Charleston’s West Side.

A Charleston Area Alliance program, SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.”

Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

This Saturday, SAGE graduates will lead the design, build-out and production of a new microfarm. The space will increase the commercial production for SAGE graduates to continue building the local food supply.

SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options.

We invite you, community partners and volunteers, to once again be part of the development of this second MicroFarm through hands-on involvement.

The build-out will occur this Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Please email Cullen at cnaumoff@charlestonareaalliance.org regarding your commitment to volunteer and time increment you wish to do so. Upon arrival, you will be assigned a work team.

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Toyota president to headline Elevations luncheon on March 21

ElevationsWebElevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Friday, March 21
11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Edgewood Country Club

Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. will discuss what drives the manufacturing and auto industry and opportunities for women at the next Elevations luncheon on Friday, March 21 at Edgewood Country Club.

The event opens at 11:45 a.m. with informal networking followed by seated luncheon and address by Marshall at noon.

Reservations for this special event are $30 Alliance members/$40 future members through this Friday, March 14.

Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.

Register here

Reserved sponsor tables of eight are available for $500. Please contact JoEllen Zacks for more information.

Marshall joined Toyota in 1991 at the company’s vehicle and engine assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. In 2003, she was promoted to general manager of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc., in Huntsville. She oversaw human resources, corporate affairs and accounting and finance.

She was appointed senior vice president of manufacturing at Toyota’s West Virginia plant in 2012. Prior to that role, she served as vice president of human resources from 2009-12 at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. located in Erlanger, Ky.

Marshall was named president in December 2013.

The Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW.

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