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Blackberry Brigade Competitive Foraging for a Cause!

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July 8, 2016

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE
to enter your team in the Blackberry Brigade blackberry picking competition!

Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways and then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  Winners win prizes, and berries get sold to local chefs to raise money for the Raleigh Food Corridor.  Celebrate afterwards with the Second Saturday Jamboree!  

WHEN: Saturday, July 8.  You can pick all morning, but Weigh-In is from 4-5 PM.

WHO: You! And your team of 1-5 people.

WHERE: Pick berries all around town (we’ll provide you with a map of berry hot spots!). Weigh-In and Jamboree at Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St, Raleigh).

HOW: Register your team online ahead of time here.  You can also choose to include official blackberry brigade t-shirts for you and your team members with your registration!

WHAT:

  • The Picking.  Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways throughout the day (don’t worry, we’ll email you a map of berry hot spots 24 hours before the brigade).
  • The Weigh-In.  Teams then bring their berry haul to Raleigh City Farm to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  Weigh-in deadline is 5 PM.
  • The Prizes.  The winning team and runners up will receive some fantastic prizes from local businesses including Deco Raleigh, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Oak City Cycling, and Kimbap Cafe!  Prizes will be awarded starting at 5:15 PM.
  • The Cause.  You can choose to keep your berries OR –better yet- donate them and package them to be sold to local chefs, with all proceeds going to the Raleigh Food Corridor!
  • The Jamboree.  Various berry-themed activities for teams to enjoy will also take place at the weigh-in site from 4 PM on as part of the Second Saturday Jamboree!  More details coming soon!

REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY!

FANTASTIC PRIZES YOU SAY?

Special thanks to Deco Raleigh, Yellow Dog Bread Co, Oak City Cycling, and Kimbap Cafe for their prize contributions.  

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Final Pollinators in the Piedmont! Sweeter than Honey Potluck

Join us Wednesday, November 16 at Raleigh City Farm for our last Pollinators in the Piedmont program – our Sweeter than Honey Potluck!  Totally free event.  Bring a blanket and a dish to share!

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Pollinators in the Piedmont: Bee Movie Night!

Join us this Wednesday, October 26 at Raleigh City Farm for our next installment of our FREE Pollinators in the Piedmont series – Bee Movie Night!  We’ll be showing the documentary Vanishing of the Bees.  Please note our later start time.  Grab a blanket and a picnic and come out and join us!

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Pollinators in the Piedmont: Fall For Bees!

Pollinators in the Piedmont: Fall for the Bees | Raleigh City Farm  | Wednesday, September 28, 6-7:30 PM

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Join us at Raleigh City Farm for FREE programs one Wednesday per month on the importance of pollinators, how they help us, and how we can help them. Each program followed by light picnics of honey & flower delights as well as occasional take-homes.

This month, we’ll have a mother-daughter #entomologist team joining us to tell us more about how we can help bees prepare for winter this fall!

Ellen Reeves has a degree in entomology from University of Kentucky and Allison Reeves has one from Virginia Tech. Ellen is a retired technician in the Ncsu Department of Entomology, and Allison manages the NCSU Agroecology Education Farm. They also keep two hobby hives. Can’t wait to hear what they have to tell us!

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation!

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Free Program! Pollinators in the Piedmont Intro to Mead

It doesn’t get better than a mead tasting with Honeygirl Meadery! Come drink like the bees with us THIS Wednesday (7/20) at our FREE monthly Pollinators in the Piedmont workshop series at Raleigh City Farm. Honeygirl will provide a mead tasting and an overview of the importance of bees in the work they do. Program made possible by Honeygirl Meadery and Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation! 🐝🍯🐝 #BringBackTheBees

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Blackberry Brigade: Competitive Foraging for a Cause

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July 9, 2016

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE
to enter your team in the Blackberry Brigade blackberry picking competition!

Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways and then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  Winners win prizes, and berries get sold to local chefs to raise money for the Raleigh Food Corridor.  Celebrate afterwards with the Second Saturday Jamboree!  

WHEN: Saturday, July 9.  You can pick all morning, but Weigh-In is from 2-4 PM.

WHO: You! And your team of 1-5 people.

WHERE: Pick berries all around town (we’ll provide you with a map of berry hot spots!). Weigh-In and Jamboree at Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St, Raleigh).

WHAT:

FANTASTIC PRIZES YOU SAY?
Special thanks to our prize sponsors for making this event possible!

Oak City Cycling Project

Wine Authorities

Kimbap Cafe

Ramble Supply Co.

Fair Game Beverage Co. 

Larry’s Coffee

Yellow Dog Bread Company

BREW coffee bar

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Free Program! Top 10 Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Your Home Garden

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us by joining us for this FREE program at Raleigh City Farm to learn ore about pollinators!  RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.  Special thanks to the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation for helping us provide this programming free of charge.

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Free Program! The ABeeCs of the Pollinator Perimeter

We are excited to announce a new monthly series of classes at Raleigh City Farm – Pollinators in the Piedmont!   Join us one Wednesday evening a month to learn ore about pollinators and then try yummy flower and honey themed delights!  This month’s class – The ABeeCs of the Pollinator Perimeter – will include a tour of the history and purpose of Raleigh City Farm’s Pollinator Perimeter.  RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.  Special thanks to the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation for helping us provide this programming free of charge.

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Blackberry Brigade: Full Report!

Around 20 teams of berry pickers went out on Raleigh greenways this past Saturday to see who could pick the most blackberries (using a map of berry hot spots we provided!).

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Competitors then brought their berry haul to be weighed in to see who had the most berry poundage!

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In the end, competitors weighed in 21 pounds of berries!  Teams could choose to keep their berries OR better yet, donate them and package them to be sold to local chefs (see list below), with all proceeds going to the garden at Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach Center in SE Raleigh!

InstagramCapture_2401e1c6-b238-48e3-837d-6f8983097686Various berry-themed activities for teams to enjoy also took place at the weigh-in site, including: blackberry-themed refreshments provided by local businesses, cooking and preserving demos by Common Roots Project, and blackberry juice juicy hand prints and photo portraits.

 

Click here to see the gallery from the event!

Where did the idea for the Blackberry Brigade come from?  11667535_737772309679046_6043680940676754633_nOur inspiration was twofold.  First, while walking our 100 miles of Raleigh greenways in 100 days of spring, we quickly noticed that one edible plant was ubiquitous along Raleigh greenways – blackberries!  All of these berries might go to waste if no one was around to pick them come July.  What could we do to put them to good use?  Second, we were inspired by the artwork of Linda Dallas – particularly her work that was about to be dedicated as a banner at the Art Along Blount Street  dedication.  Linda’s piece was inspired by the work of Home Demonstration agents working from the early to mid 1900s in Raleigh, and we were inspired by them as well!

Home Demonstrators of Wake County in the Early to Mid 1900s

Jane McKimmon was the first North Carolina State Home Demonstration agent in 1911. Her agents traveled the state and taught homemaking skills to rural women (what McKimmon called “housewifely arts”). Their programs focused on increasing efficiency and standardizing procedures in home food production and selling, efforts that became highlighted during the scarcities of World War I.

Dazelle Foster Lowe taught about emergency preparedness during World War I, and later after some resistance was hired full-time as an agent for Wake County’s African American residents. By 1925, she was the head of Home Demonstration for all of North Carolina’s black citizens, and she served in the field until 1955.

Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delaney worked with the Negro Rural School Fund, educating black children and their families in rural Raleigh with the help of Dr. Booker T. Washington. She taught about Home Demonstration subjects, like sanitation practices and canning techniques. When they were both over 100, Sadie and her sister published Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, an oral history told to Amy Hearth Hill and a New York Times’ bestseller.

The spirit of preserving food to keep it from going to waste spoke to our foraging this spring and our new theme of “Put it up!” this summer.

Piedmont Picnic Project is grateful to our partners: Community Food Lab and Second Saturday for co-hosting the day’s events as part of the City of Raleigh’s Art along Blount Street dedication and in conjunction with the Shaw Summer Sizzles concert series!

HUGE thanks to local restaurants that purchased our locally-foraged berries from us, with all proceeds going to the garden at Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach Center!

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And to our partners…

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Blackberry Brigade! Get all details here!

Blackberry Brigade with Second Saturday | Shaw University, Raleigh | July 11, 8:30 AM – 1 PM

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REGISTER HERE NOW to enter your team in the Blackberry Brigade blackberry picking competition!  Teams pick blackberries along Raleigh greenways and then bring their berry haul to be weighed in to see who has the most berry poundage!  The winning team and runner up will receive some fantastic prizes!  You can choose to keep your berries OR better yet, donate them and package them to be sold to local chefs, with all proceeds going to an area non-profit!  Various berry-themed activities for teams to enjoy will also take place at the weigh-in site, including: blackberry-themed refreshments provided by local businesses, cooking and preserving demos by Common Roots Project, andblackberry juice art demos.

Piedmont Picnic Project will be partnering with Community Food Lab andSecond Saturday to host the day’s events as part of the City of Raleigh’s Art along Blount Street dedication and in conjunction with the Shaw Summer Sizzlesconcert series!

Schedule:

8:30 9:00 AM – Teams can pre-register or register on site during this time.  

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Berry weigh-in – all berries must be weighed by 1:00 PM to count for the competition.

1:00 PM – Winners announced and prizes awarded!

Stick around during and after weigh-in to help package berries, taste blackberry-based refreshments and snacks, participate in some blackberry juice art, and enjoy our partners’ events (full schedule here)!

The event will be held at Shaw University (corners of E. South and S. Wilmington Streets) in downtown Raleigh.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE NOW TO ENTER!

 

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