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Alliance looking for eager ‘agri-preneurs’ for SAGE

SAGE_withCAAThe Charleston Area Alliance’s farmer-training-program, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) is looking for 10 committed “agri-preneurs.”

SAGE educates participants on how to grow large amounts of sustainable produce in urban spaces. The program also teaches how to sell this produce as a stream of household income.

Right now, SAGE is looking for qualified candidates for the 2015 class. The class includes a four-hour commitment per month for workshop-related activities. These workshops are typically held on weekdays, post business hours and weekend mornings.

Additionally, during the growing and market season of May-August, SAGE involvement will be an average of 20-25 hours per month. This commitment includes at least one Saturday per month to sell at the market.

Apply HERE.

Applications are due by Thursday, Jan. 15. The first SAGE workshop will kickoff at the end of January.

For more information, contact by Kathy Moore by e-mail at SAGE@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

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admin in Announcements,SAGE on December 08 2014 » 0 comments

Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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.

Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Swiss chard
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, lime basil, Italian parsley, thyme, garlic chives)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pattypan squash
  • Eggplant
  • Beet greens
  • Purple jalapenos
  • Green tomatoes
  • Fennel bulbs with tops
  • Cilantro

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.

The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place.

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.

SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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.

Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Swiss chard
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, lime basil, Italian parsley)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Beet greens (NEW this week)
  • Jalapenos (NEW this week)
  • Green onions (NEW this week)

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.

The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place.

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.

SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Alliance agricultural program promotes entrepreneurship and local food

SAGE_withCAAAccording to the West Virginia Small Farm Center, West Virginians spent $7.8 billion on food in 2012, but agriculture in the state only grossed $550 million.

Capturing more of the food market in West Virginia, promoting local foods and teaching entrepreneurship are three key goals of the Charleston Area Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs (SAGE) program.

SAGE creates economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing the impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options. Their hard work means more fresh, local produce in Charleston. SAGE began in 2013 with the creation of the first urban micro-farm on Ohio Avenue on Charleston’s West Side.

The Alliance continues to support SAGE graduates who have used their training to form a growing collective they’ve named, “SAGEgrown.” These graduates prepared for the growing season by forming a business plan that included growing cooperatively in urban spaces and selling sustainable micro-farm products to local consumers and restaurants.

The newly minted “SAGEgrown” operators expanded to a new site in early March, when SAGE’s second micro-farm opened near Rebecca Street on Charleston’s West Side. SAGE graduates will continue to be incubated at Rebecca Street through support provided by the Alliance, as they gain more experience and launch their “agri-enterprise.”

The Rebecca Street micro-farm doubled the amount of growing space. The micro-farm includes heirloom tomatoes, red and golden beets, cooking greens, cut flowers and much more.

“It’s an exciting venture that requires hard work,” said Kathy Moore, a SAGE graduate and current grower. “The SAGE business model allows us to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities while addressing a serious need of the community — access to fresh, local and sustainably grown produce.”

“SAGEgrown” sell their produce at the East End Bazaar every Saturday throughout the summer. Shoppers can purchase a variety of fresh produce, herbs and cut flowers through the growing season. The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Ruffner Avenue and Washington Street West. It is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday.

If you would like to get products from one of the two SAGE farms in downtown Charleston, please contact Kathy Moore at SAGEgrown@gmail.com.

“This program is exemplifies sustainable economic and community development,” said Matthew Ballard, President/CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“SAGE positively impacts Charleston’s West Side. It builds entrepreneurship, it creates positive local economic impact, it promotes local foods and reduces costs that restaurants pay for transporting foods from outside the area. It builds economic wealth, it’s sustainable, and it’s healthy. The Alliance couldn’t be more thrilled to see the success of these agriculture entrepreneurs and their hard work.”

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 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. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Swiss chard
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, tarragon, oregano, bee balm, sage)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Hungarian hot wax peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Purple hot peppers
  • Green tomatoes

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place. 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. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 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. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Snow peas
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, dill, tarragon)
  • Garlic
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Hungarian hot wax peppers (NEW this week)
  • Eggplant (NEW this week)

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place. 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. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 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. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Snow peas
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, dill, tarragon)
  • Garlic
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Green tomatoes

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on the West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, is where trainings for the program takes place. 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. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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SAGE graduates to build new microfarm this Saturday

SAGE_withCAASAGE Microfarm Build-out
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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Alliance looking for eager ‘agri-preneurs’ for SAGE

SAGE_withCAAThe Charleston Area Alliance’s farmer-training-program SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) is looking for 10 committed “agri-preneurs.”

SAGE educates participants on how to grow large amounts of sustainable produce in urban spaces. The program also teaches how to sell this produce as a stream of household income.

Right now, SAGE is looking for 10 qualified candidates for the 2014 class. The class includes a two-hour commitment per month for workshop-related activities. These workshops are typically held on weekdays, post business hours and weekend mornings.

Additionally, during the growing and market season of May-August, SAGE involvement will be an average of 20-25 hours per month. This commitment includes at least one Saturday per month to sell at the market.

Apply HERE.

Applications are due by Jan. 15. The first SAGE workshop will kickoff at the end of January.

For more information, contact Cullen Naumoff at CNaumoff@CharlestonAreaAlliance.orgor by phone at 304-340-4253.

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admin in Announcements,SAGE on December 30 2013 » 0 comments

Get your fresh SAGE produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the West Side Farmers Market from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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.

Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Mixed heirloom peppers
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Rainbow swiss chard
  • Hungarian wax peppers
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Cut flowers

The West Side Farmers Market is located at the corner of Washington Street West and Beatrice Street

The crops were cultivated at a micro-farm, also located on the West Side. The micro-farm, which was constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, is where training for the program takes place.

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.

SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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