Fall Volunteer Opportunities at the Market.

 

We always have a number of on-going opportunities to serve every Saturday at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.  We are quite flexible as to how often you volunteer – but consistency is much appreciated.  For more details, please email our Volunteer Manager – Wendy Gragg – wlgragg@gmail.com

Here are some volunteer options:

  1. Help at the WDFM Welcome Booth – answering questions about the Market, selling tote bags, and helping to run our Token System (which requires approx. 5 minutes of training).  You will get the opportunity to interact with a number of vendors and customers at the WDFM Booth.  Shifts include 8:45am-1:15pm or 8:45am-11:15am or 11:00am-1:15pm.
  2. Help with tear down and set up at the Market.  Basically putting together all of the different elements at the Market – setting up tables, setting up booths – and then at 1pm taking it all down.  We work from 7:30am-8:30am setting up and 12:45pm-1:45pm tearing down.
  3. Lastly, we are always interested in working with individuals who have unique gifts and talents – such as photography, marketing, graphic design – and the list goes on!
Please let us know how you’d like to be involved!

Coming Soon – an Art Co-op Booth at Market!

You’ve been hemming and hawing the months away – ever wondering if we’d get around to accepting some art vendors at Market.  Well the time has come!  We hope to launch the Art Co-op Booth in September – using the month of August to figure out how it will all work out at the Market.  Meanwhile, we will start accepting interested applicants ASAP.

Here are the ground rules:

  1. All art must be original!  No reselling.
  2. Participation in the Art Co-op Booth is pending WDFM Board approval.  Art will be juried.  Not all artwork will be accepted.
  3. Booth fees ($25/Saturday) will be a shared expense of all participating artists on any one Saturday.
  4. Number of artists allowed to share a booth on any one Saturday shall not exceed five.
  5. If selected, artists must be willing to work the Art Co-op Booth from 8:30am-1:00pm.  Exact schedules will be figured out after applicants have been selected.

Please send photos of your work and an artist statement (describing materials, techniques, and process used to create your work) to Market Manager Bethel Erickson-Bruce (ugcbethel@gmail.com).  The WDFM Board will review all submitted work and will be in touch with applicants within 3-4 weeks.

Lastly, please be patient with us as we figure out what this all looks like at Market!

This Week’s Market Meows

It’s kitten season at the Waco Humane Society, so in lieu of Market Mutts this week, come meet our Market Meows and learn more about the Littlest Pet Lifeline program and how you can help bottle baby puppies and kittens. Interested in a volunteer project fun for the whole family? Foster a pet from the Waco Humane Society and save lives! Kittens, puppies and adult dogs and cats could always use some real TLC and a reprieve from shelter life on their way to finding a furrrrever home! The short training sessions are held Saturdays at 3 PM at the Humane Society (2032 Circle Road right across from Health Camp).

Vendor Profile: 6J Ranch.

Visit 6J Ranch on LocalHarvest.org and Facebook.

6J Ranch is a family run farm producing 100% Grass Fed Beef, Free-Range Chicken, Ranged Pork, Free-Range Chicken Eggs, Free-Range Duck Eggs, and Fresh Never Frozen Free-Range Thanksgiving Turkey.

We raise everything ourselves on our third generation Central Texas ranch that we have treated with only our own compost tea since 2003 allowing the soil to return back to the way it was meant to be.  All our products are hormone free, pesticide free, antibiotic free, and GMO free.

Location:

2817 CR 418
Thorndale, TX 76577
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Contact Information:

Calvin Jechow
512-898-2715

Arsenic in Supermarket Chicken . . .

Recent concern has been raised by the people asking questions about what’s in their food.  Find out more about arsenic levels in chicken purchased at the supermarket.

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Some Arsenic with that Supermarket Chicken?

By Tom Philpott for Mother Jones

Earlier this week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it would “voluntarily” stop selling a widely used arsenic-laced poultry feed additive, after FDA tests found traces of the poison in chicken meat.

So the system works, right? A federal regulatory agency conducts rigorous tests, detects a problem, and industry reacts by doing the right thing. Except, not so much. A closer look at the arsenic-laced feed saga reveals a tattered, industry-dominated regulatory regime that abuses public health and the environment alike.

The story goes like this. In the ’40s, the pharmaceutical industry began marketing a nifty new poultry feed additive bearing the charming name of roxarsone. The chemical helped control parasitic ailment common to chickens called coccidiosis. But that was just part of its appeal. As the poultry-processing industry consolidated into the hands of just a few companies over the post-war decades, poultry farmers had to scale up and fatten their chickens as quickly as possible. Roxarsone helped with that, too—it’s a growth enhancer. What’s more, it contributes to that rosy-pink hue consumers have come to associated with fresh chicken meat.

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Continue reading this article on Mother Jones Website.

Vendor Profile: World Hunger Relief, Inc.

World Hunger Relief, Inc. was chartered in 1976 by real estate developers Bob and Jan Salley. The Texas, non-profit charter provided for a program in agroforestry and related technologies to address the needs of the hungry, both foreign and domestic.  Currently the World Hunger Relief Farm trains and educates numerous live-in volunteers and paid interns, who operate the Farm’s various agricultural enterprises.  These enterprises include:  the Fair Trade Village Store, Urban Gardening Programs at area schools, the Community Supported Agriculture program, Organic Pecan production and harvest, and numerous Livestock (grass-fed beef, raw goat dairy, free-range eggs, pastured turkeys and more).

For more information about World Hunger Relief, Inc., please visit their website:  http://worldhungerrelief.org.

Vendor Profile: Urban Gardening Coalition.

The Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition will be hosting a Cooperative Booth at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.  But what does that mean???  It means that in addition to providing information about local gardening resources, the Coalition will allow school, community, and home gardeners to sell extra produce through the Coalition booth, rather than having to join as a regular vendor.  Weekly rates for participation in the UGC Coop Booth are $5.  Please contact Bethel Erickson-Bruce (ugcbethel@gmail.com) or visit the Coalition’s website for more details (http://hotugc.org).

More about the Urban Gardening Coalition:

Since its inception in the spring of 2005, the Urban Gardening Coalition has served as a unique group facilitating discussion and organizing activities for individuals and organizations who are interested in gardening as a means of building community. Our current garden activities include after-school gardening programs partnered with CIS schools as well as coordinating gardening activities at many churches and community organizations across the Heart of Texas.  However, UGC is much more than growing gardens.  Our projects span from entreprenurial gardening to skill shares and food stamp outreach.  As a coalition, the role of the UGC is to encourage and support partners and interested individuals to carry out identified objectives – by providing support through shared resources of garden skills and knowledge.

Vendor Profile: Baylor Campus Kitchens.

Baylor Campus Kitchens will be partnering with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market by hosting a booth for donations.  The WDFM encourages Market costumers to purchase produce from local vendors and donate extra shares at the Campus Kitchens booth – to be delivered to area hunger programs, such as the Salvation Army Kitchen and the Family Abuse Center.

More about the Campus Kitchens Project, from BUCK’s website:

Campus Kitchens Projectis an emerging leader in community service for students and resourceful anti-hunger programs for communities around the country.

What we do is kind of a no-brainer. We know there are people in every community who need nourishing meals. And, we know that every college campus has unserved food in its dining halls and brilliant students in its classrooms. So we put them all together.

We empower thousands of students each year to recycle food from their cafeterias, turn these donations into nourishing meals, and deliver those meals to those who need it most. Then, we open up that on-campus kitchen space to teach culinary skills to unemployed men and women, who in turn teach the college students a thing or two about poverty,stereotypes, and what it takes to make it these days.

So far, we’re at 26 schools around the country: big schools and small schools; rural and urban; colleges and high schools (well, one high school).

The best part is that students run the whole show.They plan the menus, get the food, run the cooking shifts, organize the drivers, and teach culinary skills to unemployed adults. Then, they keep track of all of the paperwork (so we know everything’s being done safely), organize fundraisers, develop curriculum, and recruit new students to get involved. They accomplish an incredible amount of work every day. And then, they take those skills into their jobs when they graduate from school.