May 6, Heifer Sunday
Come hear invited guest speaker Jill Kilty-Newburn from Heifer International during all 3 services. Plus, we will be accepting donations of $2 (or more if you like) for Black Cow Sodas outside of the Church after the 9:00 and 10:30 Services. What's a Black Cow you ask? Come on over and check it out. It has ice cream.
From the Missions Committee:
The cows, sheep, Heifer speaker and Bike-a-thon biker sign-up sheets are returning to CUMC once again! You will also see Marilyn Forrey handing out Heifer donation containers before and after Services – please ask for one to fill with coins and bills for Heifer International.
May 5, Heifer Bike Ride Warm Up
May 12, Heifer Bike-a-thon #42
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT HEIFER OFFERS TO AMERICAN POVERTY?
Heifer’s work in the United States is centered on building and reviving local food systems so that farmers and families in Arkansas, the poorest regions in the USA,
are making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of their neighbors. The power of Heifer USA lies in the belief that small-scale farmers can feed the world and revive their local economies using the impact of locally produced food.
Heifer USA is empowering food entrepreneurs and building food enterprises to address every link in the food value chain-from farm to table. Their mission is to create jobs and wealth through socially-driven farmer-owned enterprises.
In 2014, Heifer USA helped to launch the Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative (GRFC) and a Multi-farm CSA enterprise in Arkansas, currently branded Foodshed Farms. Both enterprises are being incubated to connect small-scale sustainable Arkansas farmers to stable and profitable markets, while reconnecting Arkansas communities to sustainably grown produce and meat products grown around the state.
Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative (GRFC) has eight member farms. These farmers share resources and responsibilities to provide their customers with meat from sustainably raised livestock thereby restoring local agricultural communities. GRFC partners with Heifer USA provide support to individuals and families who are interested in entering the sustainable-agriculture economy. Currently GRFC has five apprentice farms.
Foodshed Farms aims to grow food that cultivates jobs and community by connecting farmers to markets across Arkansas with seasonal CSA shares. By purchasing a CSA share, shareholders can pledge to financially support local farms in exchange for weekly shares of fresh produce and pasture-raised poultry.
A food system is formed, which includes growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption and disposal of food. Heifer USA focuses their programming in six key areas: Production, Infrastructure, Markets, Entrepreneurship, Financial Capital and Social Capital.
Historically, Heifer’s model promotes sustainable agriculture interventions through a values-based community approach. In the USA, they use a farmer-owned business model as their development approach while providing resources and technical support coordinated with local partners to:
-Create and support Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs)
-Develop farmer-owned businesses (horticulture and livestock)
-Boost market access for farmers
-Train farmers in sustainable farming practices
-Invest in local food-related enterprises
-Provide strategic business planning tools to farmers
-Create wholesale and local farmers’ markets and connect their farmers to them.