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Rural Resources

Rural Resources Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center is a non-profit organization that is all about local food!

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Get your tickets now at ruralresources.net/events and come see all the things Rural Resources has to offer, including a ...
04/15/2022

Get your tickets now at ruralresources.net/events and come see all the things Rural Resources has to offer, including a great venue for weddings, reunions and other special events!

Heartstrings Creative Co. did an amazing job of capturing what we do here on the farm. When you buy tickets to our event...
04/01/2022
Rural Resources 2021

Heartstrings Creative Co. did an amazing job of capturing what we do here on the farm.

When you buy tickets to our events, your money goes directly to these programs that make a real difference in the lives of our children, teens, and families right here in our community.
Your next opportunity to support us is coming up on April 30. Join us for Burgers & Bluegrass on The Farm.

We highly recommend working with Taylor for commercial and personal video needs. She was great to work with, easy to communicate with, and delivered a wonderful story on a great turnaround. Five stars!

https://vimeo.com/659684962

This is "Rural Resources 2021" by Heartstrings Creative Co. on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

03/29/2022
The Animal Husbandry class went out to Prime Number Farms today! The kids learned about vaccinations and how to properly...
03/19/2022

The Animal Husbandry class went out to Prime Number Farms today! The kids learned about vaccinations and how to properly catch and handle lambs.

A big thank you to PNF for allowing the kids to really get their hands dirty! So much fun was had - along with learning about the sheep industry.

The baby cows on the farm are super cute and you wouldn’t believe how fast they finish these big bottles of milk! The co...
03/07/2022

The baby cows on the farm are super cute and you wouldn’t believe how fast they finish these big bottles of milk!

The cows are used in our Teen Training Program to give the kids some hands on experience in working with animals.

Rural Resources is so excited to have Sarah Creutzinger back on the farm offering art classes this spring!
03/02/2022

Rural Resources is so excited to have Sarah Creutzinger back on the farm offering art classes this spring!

Rural Resources and the entire Greeneville community lost a great friend last week. Please keep those that loved him in ...
02/05/2022
Obituary for Walter Maddox at Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service

Rural Resources and the entire Greeneville community lost a great friend last week. Please keep those that loved him in your thoughts as they process this challenge.

https://www.jeffersmortuary.com/obituary/walter-maddox?fbclid=IwAR3Zh_akKDssPBMCSYYX5eB3U6_IPD9NNcMfus_ho-KoZ1TVITEtwd2MMC4

Walter Gene Maddox, 77, of Greeneville, TN, passed forth form this earthly realm to a heavenly one on January 31st, 2022 while surrounded by his family. He was born March 5th, 1944 in Shelby, North Carolina to Walter James and Daisy Bell Maddox before the family moved to Greeneville when

The Rural Resources organization is heartbroken to learn of the passing of original board member and longtime staff memb...
02/03/2022

The Rural Resources organization is heartbroken to learn of the passing of original board member and longtime staff member, Gene Maddox.
Gene joined the founders in launching the organization in 1993 and 10 years later joined the staff, serving for a decade as the Assistant Program Coordinator. Gene was a community leader and a community cheerleader--always joining, always helping, always thinking about the good of all. He made Rural Resources a better organization. He will be deeply missed.

Did you catch our yearend highlight video?The super talented Taylor of Heartstrings Creative Co. did a wonderful job sho...
12/31/2021
Rural Resources 2021.mp4

Did you catch our yearend highlight video?

The super talented Taylor of Heartstrings Creative Co. did a wonderful job showing what Rural Resources is all about.

Check it out, and pass it along!

https://vimeo.com/659684962

This is "Rural Resources 2021.mp4" by Heartstrings Creative Co. on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

As we finish up one year and move onto the next it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past year,...
12/31/2021
Rural Resources is Hiring

As we finish up one year and move onto the next it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past year, and what we’d like to do in the next.

We have big goals for 2022, including

Celebrating the 10 Teens who will graduate from the Training program in 2022 with better employment opportunities and better food security.

Encouraging the 50 teens who will enroll in the 2022/2023 year-round training program to garden, raise livestock, learn to cook, and give back to the community -- usually 75% of our teens are low income and agricultural experience is completely new to them.

Cultivating a half-acre produce garden, with the teens growing vegetables to sell and to donate to local partners

Continuing our bottle calf operation that gives teens hands on experience with caring for animals

Preparing community meals on the farm to connect foods, farms and families

Assisting business start ups, who rent our Kitchen Facility to launch or grow their business

Organizing community fundraisers off the farm that show people what we do and bring partners together

Re-starting the Greene County Food Security Task Force to work together and advocate for healthy food for all in Greene County.

None of this will be possible without donations from our community, which are essential to keep our unique nonprofit going. It is a special place in Greene County, in Tennessee, and in Appalachia! Consider donating in thanks to Sally Causey for more than 24 years of service, or consider a donation to welcome the next Executive Director, who we are actively in the process of hiring.

Donations can be made via our website, ruralresources.net

Thank You for your support and have a Happy New Year!

We're hiring an executive director.

12/29/2021

2021 has been a year for change on the Farm at Rural Resources,

We made some big changes to our Farm and Food Teen Training Program and added an animal husbandry class, which the kids are loving! In order to get the kids more hands on with the livestock, we sold off most of our large cattle and brought in bottle fed calves, that are safer for the kids to work with. They’ve done everything from feeding them, to vaccinating them, to some squeemish stuff like castrating them, (which is an essential and responsible management task). We also have goats and will be getting sheep in the spring, as well as a new pig.

Unfortunately some of our changes haven’t been quite so positive.
Our tractor, that’s been lovingly patched over the years, finally gave up the ghost and had to be replaced. Huge thanks go out to members of the board and Lady Equipment, that made getting a new to us one possible.
Our outreach vehicle is also on its last legs and will need to be replaced soon and we’re also in need of a farm truck to haul equipment, feed and supplies back and forth to the farm.

If anyone is willing to donate this or any other equipment to the farm, it allows us to keep as much of our discretionary funds invested in programs, instead of overhead. Contact [email protected] to find out the best way you can help!

Meet HaleyHaley is one of the teens currently enrolled in the Farm and Food Teen Training Program here at Rural Resource...
12/27/2021

Meet Haley

Haley is one of the teens currently enrolled in the Farm and Food Teen Training Program here at Rural Resources. Students in the program are asked to think of it as a job; they accept the responsibility to attend and earn a small stipend for each event they participate in

Haley started in the program in January 2020, with the gardening/horticulture class, right before COVID hit, and in March we had to cancel all classes.
By April we realized COVID wasn’t going away anytime soon, so classes resumed in a online format. Teen Instructors would prepare and drop material kits off at students homes, and then use Zoom to do hands
on activities with the kids. Haley was an active participant in most of those lessons and as a result had a thriving bucket garden growing on her front porch.
After her gardening year, Haley joined the cooking/nutrition class, and not only participated in our classes, but she was also one of the teens that put in extra hours during our Spring Farm to Table Pop Up series. From helping in the kitchen, to checking in guests and delivering meal packages, she was an essential part of keeping the events flowing smoothly.

This year, she has aged out of the traditional classes, but is engaged as a teen mentor where she has thrived by passing on her skills to the next group of cooking and nutrition students.
Haley has not only learned hands on skills during her time at Rural Resurces, but has also picked up leadership and administrative skills that she will carry forward into any future job she attempts.

While our teens pay nothing to participate, it costs about $1100 a year to put each of them through our program.

With equipment, transportation to and from the farm, teaching staff, and supply costs all on the rise, Teen Sponsors become even more essential. To adopt a teen use the following link.

https://www.ruralresources.net/teen-training-program

It’s been a year of new experiences on the farm here at Rural Resources. COVID was still impacting the way the Farm and ...
12/24/2021
Rural Resources is Hiring

It’s been a year of new experiences on the farm here at Rural Resources.

COVID was still impacting the way the Farm and Food Teen Training Program was able to function so we did an overhaul. We’ve added an animal husbandry class, which the kids are loving, an ag business class, getting kids out on working farms, and an mentorship program so older kids can share their experience with the newer students. They have really stepped into those roles and blown the teaching staff away! The confidence they are displaying reminds us what the objectives for this program are, to give young teens the tools and knowledge to produce their own food, and the leadership skills to share that knowledge with the rest of the community.

Take a look at what the kids have to say about our program.

https://vimeo.com/659684962

As always, we wouldn’t be able to continue making such an impact on the kids in our community without the generous support of our neighbors. Donations can be made on our website, ruralresources.net

We're hiring an executive director.

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, many of us are looking at our shopping list with a bit of panic. If you’re lik...
12/20/2021
Donate | ruralresources

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, many of us are looking at our shopping list with a bit of panic. If you’re like me, the people left on your list have everything they could want, and you have no idea what to get them!

How about a donation to Rural Resources in their name?
Funds donated to Rural Resources’s go toward helping us fund programs such as our:

Farm and Food Teen Training program, introducing teens and their families to locally grown, healthy foods, and the knowledge of how to prepare it.

Farm Day Camps, which brings the little ones onto the farm for a week of fun activities, from milking the cow to playing in the creek, to making their own little snack in the kitchen

Field trips and workshops, teaching kids about healthy snacking and how the different food groups benefit their bodies

Donations can be made on our website, at the following link, and we’ll be sure to send a thank you to the person named in the gift

https://www.ruralresources.net/donate

Your donation, as a Sustainer or a Member makes an impact to our community: connecting children and youth to food and entrepreneurship, empowering adults to grow and process food and begin food new ventures, and more!

We're hiring!Rural Resources is searching for an executive director. Know someone who'd be perfect? Send this along to t...
12/07/2021

We're hiring!

Rural Resources is searching for an executive director.

Know someone who'd be perfect? Send this along to them!

https://www.ruralresources.net/

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we at Rural Resources are so very grateful for everyone who had a hand in helping us meet o...
11/24/2021

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we at Rural Resources are so very grateful for everyone who had a hand in helping us meet our mission this year.

To those who’ve participated in our events, from our Spring Food Take Out Series, Bessie’s Birthday Party, The Incredible Farm Dinner, or Brewfest to the Doak House Farm to Table; to those who’ve utilized the kitchen, the back room, or the pavilion; to the teachers and students who have participated in one of our virtual field trips; to the students in our Farm and Food Training program and all the people that have assisted in making that program the success it is; to those who’ve helped out in the gardens keeping it a productive place to grow and learn, to all the volunteers that have given selflessly of their time and skills, we say Thank You.

We wish you all a Thanksgiving that's filled with all the blessings we have received this past year.

Thank you Harbour Freight for the gift card; JJ and Teddy can’t wait to make use of the new tools to do repairs here on ...
10/26/2021

Thank you Harbour Freight for the gift card; JJ and Teddy can’t wait to make use of the new tools to do repairs here on the farm!
#harborfreighthappy

Thank you Tusculum University for the chance to collaborate on this wonderful event!
10/23/2021

Thank you Tusculum University for the chance to collaborate on this wonderful event!

Poor JJ has to say goodbye to his trusty tractor, after many years of faithful service, it’s no longer worth the cost of...
10/19/2021

Poor JJ has to say goodbye to his trusty tractor, after many years of faithful service, it’s no longer worth the cost of repairs 😢. So now we’re on the hunt for a “new to us” tractor.

If you know of anyone with a reliable tractor that they are selling, or even better, willing to donate to Rural Resources, please send them our way.

In the meantime, if anyone has a walk behind tiller that we can borrow this week, that would also be amazing!

Tickets are still available for our Farm to Table Dinner at The Doak House. You do not have to be a Tusculum alumni to a...
10/13/2021

Tickets are still available for our Farm to Table Dinner at The Doak House. You do not have to be a Tusculum alumni to attend.

Enjoy a delicious meal and support enhancements to the Doak House Museum! Join us for the Farm to Table dinner at the Doak House Thursday, Oct. 21. Some of the food for the dinner has been grown on site! To register, please visit https://bit.ly/3iqYnub .

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2870 Holly Creek Rd
Greeneville, TN
37745

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm

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(423) 636-8171

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Thank you all my lovely volunteers for making sure that everyone had a fantastic evening! I am super impressed with the hard work the teenagers put in. You have no idea how happy you made me last night. You Lily, Anne, Maya, Zach, Andy, Zach, Griffin, Liam and of course Kristoffer my exchange student. Your parents did raise you really well 💖. And Emily Bidgood: I truly loved your total dedication yesterday! You made me laugh so much... Thank you💖 Steve Tipton and Robin, I don't even know how to thank you! You have been working this event for all those years and I know I can rely on your super professional way of handling everything 💖 Robert McNeese , I don't think I thanked you last night for helping behind the scenes and making sure we had light in the kitchen and plants and just jumping into action when needed. Heather McNally-Gonzalez I didn't get to thank you either for making delicious chocolates and helping the entire day in the kitchen! 💖 Barbara is not on fb, so I will just call her, I would appreciate if you could let her know how thankful we are for all her work throughout the years 💖 Shawn Wilson your last minute commitment to help was just wonderful and I am pretty sure the kiddos enjoyed every minute with you :D
Great work, Rural Resources! We love seeing all the great things y'all do!
State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown), State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), and Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville) announced Thursday that five non-profit organizations in Greene County will receive a combined $48,600 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants are distributed by the Tennessee Arts Commission after being recommended by an expert citizen advisory panel and awarded by the full 15-member commission. The arts grants were awarded to First Presbyterian Church Greeneville, TN, George Clem Multicultural Alliance, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Rural Resources, Inc., and Tusculum University. The Commission expects to award approximately 1,000 grants during fiscal year 2022, totaling up to $9 million dollars, including one-time federal American Rescue Plan funds. Grant categories include Arts Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, Creative Placemaking, Partnership Support, Major Cultural Institutions, and Rural Arts Partnership. Tennessee's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.17 billion in annual economic activity.
Have we mentioned that you can visit us on the Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour this year? We’ll be selling bouquets and baked goodies and talking about our work on the farm. Don’t miss this event! Take a self-guided tour to family farms across Northeast Tennessee. Learn about local agriculture, how food is grown or raised, and more! Many farms will be offering demos or hands-on activities. Our friends and neighbors at The Farm at Spring Creek, Hope Farms & Studio, and Rural Resources will be stops along the tour as well! Your ticket purchase includes admittance to all farms participating in the tour for everyone in your car. Each car requires a ticket. A map of the farms, their addresses, and descriptions will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the tour. #FarmFreshFarmTour #GoingOnAFarmTour #FarmToFork #Agritourism https://arcd.org/farmtours/
#KTGlobal Greene County, Tenn. If KT Global gave an award for the most projects, Greene County would be the winner! On two separate days, alumni volunteered for two organizations: Main Street Greeneville and Rural Resources. Journalist and volunteer, Cicely Babb '15, published two articles about these projects for the Greene County Sun, which gave Maryville College some excellent coverage (links below). Volunteers included Project Leader, Kathleen Copeland '69. Jim Mays '55, Patrick Dalton '12, Lana Linebarger '19; Art Masker '69’ Martha "Marti" Frazier Masker '72, Kim Henderson Cave '06; Rhiannon Campbell Williams '18; Christian Black '15 and Cicely Babb '15. Thank you, Art, for the photos! Main Street: Greeneville Rural Resources Greeneville Sun: 4/15/21 - https://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/local-kt-global-project-assisted-main-street-greeneville-saturday/article_db5875a7-0abd-5cd2-992e-9afe9f473480.html Greeneville Sun: 4/20/21 - https://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/local-kt-global-project-assisted-main-street-greeneville-saturday/article_db5875a7-0abd-5cd2-992e-9afe9f473480.html
Building on research in the 1980s that produced an oral history and photography exhibit on the Tusculum University campus, the College of Civic and Liberal Arts will revisit the Horse Creek community of Greene County this fall to learn how life there has changed in the last 35 years. Tusculum recently received a $10,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to complete the project. This initiative will consist of examining past interviews and conducting new oral histories of today's Horse Creek residents, which will pay particular attention to the topics of land, community, and sustainability. Once all the research is complete, the team will present the results in three public venues - the Old Oak Festival on the Tusculum campus, the university's Research Symposium, and a larger event and public exhibition at Rural Resources. Dr. Donal Sexton, professor emeritus of history, directed the two-year research project performed in the 1980s, and he received assistance from Tusculum students. The group conducted about 30 interviews, which covered the way of life for community members from Horse Creek's inception in the late 1700s to a more commercially driven and manufacturing economy after World War II. Formally called "Horse Creek Then and Now: Comparative Oral Histories from Rural Appalachia," the new project will incorporate the talents of two undergraduate students to be selected and will be led by Dr. Katherine Everhart, assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Peter Noll, associate professor of public history and museum studies; and Wayne Thomas, dean of the College of Civic and Liberal Arts. As part of this project, the Tusculum students will transcribe 10 of the interviews from the 1980s and conduct 10 new ones, which will also be transcribed. In addition, participants will take updated photos of buildings that appeared in the earlier collection and show the landscape as it appears today. As the group unearths information through these avenues, members will pursue any new paths that help paint the Horse Creek picture. Tusculum is partnering in this newest initiative with Rural Resources, which has a mission to connect farms, food, and the community by facilitating learning experiences that build a vital and sustainable local food economy. The university is also working with Rural Resources because this farm and food education center plays a role in sustainability and land use, two topics that were addressed in the initial interviews. The presentation at Rural Resources might provide an opportunity to hold an educational workshop on sustainable food practices, such as small plot gardening or canning, Dr. Everhart said. The group might develop additional workshops based on what everyone discovers through the research.
Rural Resources is celebrating Bessie the Cow's birthday today from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be an open house during this time, with carrot cake, ice cream, live music, and the unveiling of the walk-in bee hive. Rural Resources is at 2870 Holly Creek Road.
Join Rural Resources THIS Saturday from 2-4pm as they celebrate Bessie's Birthday and give a thank you to thank you to Sally Causey for all of her hard work over the past 24 years! 🎉 Expect live music, carrot cake and ice cream, and the unveiling of their walk-in bee hive 🎵 🍰 🐝
Rural Resources will have "Back to Earth: a Vegetarian Journey Through Local Cuisine" today from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tickets at ruralresources.net. This is a meal that will be picked up today.
Thank you Kingsport Times-News for the wonderful article about ASD's first ever SWVA Field School! We're still recruiting for folks to join us on the farm this summer! #growingfarmers #appalachia #livingbetterlocally Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council Rural Resources Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Rural Resources will have their Spring Drive-Thru Series: St. Patrick's Day Pop Up. The food can be picked up today between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Must have tickets: ruralresources.net. All proceeds help combat food insecurities in the community.
Rural Resources will have the Drive-Thru Series: Escape to the Isles. The food can be picked up today between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Must have tickets: ruralresources.net. All proceeds help combat food insecurities in the community.