FRESH FORK MARKET TEACHES PEOPLE TO BE THEIR OWN FARMER

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Free Day of Workshops to be Taught By Local Farmers

Fresh Fork Market is a purveyor of local foods through its Farm Buying Club subscription

program. Today they are announcing their new event: Farm Fair 2013.

Farm Fair will be an all day event that is geared toward teaching the public how to grow DSC_1258their own food. The event is set for Saturday, April 27th. It will be hosted by Urban Community School at 4909 Lorain Ave Cleveland, OH 44102. The event will run from 9:30 am to 4 pm. The day will include workshops by farmers and local chefs. The goal of the event is to encourage everyone to grow at least some of their own food and reconnect them to their local food supply. Vendors will be on site selling the necessary items needed to get started.

The day is divided into four separate workshop tracks. The four tracks are centered around all the phases of growing food:

Prepping – featuring such topics as soil preparation and composting.

Planting – teaching what, when, why, and how to plant for best results.

Growing – topics centered around natural pest control, and best practices for maximum yields.

Harvesting – learning when to harvest and how to make the best use of your bounty.IMG_1334

Other ongoing activities planned are centered around urban farm topics, such as beekeeping, rain barrels, and raising chickens.

“It may seem counter intuitive for a company that sells local foods to teach people how to grow their  own,” says Trevor Clatterbuck, founder of Fresh Fork Market. “We promote local foods, and nothing is more local than your own backyard. Even if you only grow one plant, the connection between you and your food grows stronger. It is a great way to teach kids and adults alike about food and where it comes from. Lack of knowledge has led to poor diet and rise of GMO and pesticide use. We see this as our way to give back to the community.”

Have You Ever Dreamed Of Being A Farmer?

“Deep inside, I think I always wanted to be a farmer,” says Trevor Clatterbuck, founder ofIMG_4696_thumb Fresh Fork  Market. “I think that is why I got into this business.” Fresh Fork Market is a weekly subscription service  to groceries from local farms. He meets regularly with farmers to help them plan the growing season.

He picks up these sustainably raised products for his customers every week during the summer.

“Our key mission is to reconnect people to local foods,” says Clatterbuck.

“Nothing is more local than your backyard.”

The event is free and open to the public. It will run from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Urban IMG_6155_thumbCommunity School, 4909 Lorain Ave Cleveland, OH 44102.

To find out more about Fresh Fork Market or Farm Fair, please visit www.FreshForkMarket.com

 About Fresh Fork Market

 In 2009, Fresh Fork Market created its farm-buying club modeled after a trend in direct-market farming known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). For 22 weeks each summer, customers pick up a bag of groceries, hand chosen by Fresh Fork Market, from products of local area farms. Fresh Fork Market has since refi ned that model and grown their customer base from 40 weekly subscribers in 2009 to just over 2400 weekly subscribers in 2012. For more information about Fresh Fork Market please visit www.freshforkmarket.com

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