New Fork to Farmer Videos Celebrate the Community Development Effects of Farming
The NC State University Fork to Farmer Team just released four new brief videos that celebrate the role farming plays in community development. The first film features Randolph Keaton of Men & Women United for Youth and Families, a community development and job center in Columbus County. Keaton describes his organization’s commitment to the Vacationer Supported Agriculture program in Brunswick County and emphasizes how “food is fellowship.” In the second film, he emphasizes how farming teaches the organization’s youth ambassadors responsibility and ownership. Keaton believes that teaching youth about farming can be a “solution” to the pressing problem of youth out-migration from rural communities.
The third film features the “Watermelon Man,” who is a charismatic storyteller and farmer who participates in the Vacationer Supported Agriculture program serving the Brunswick County beaches. The fourth film focuses on the youth ambassadors of Men & Women United for Youth and Families who aggregate and deliver the produce bags to beach vacationers at the Brunswick County beaches. One youth ambassador sums up her experience beautifully by saying “In order to be in a community, you give a little, you get a little.” Well said, Gabrielle. Well said.