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Mindy Stiles

Ferrum Chicken Lady

 

Hi there! Let me introduce myself!
I’m Mindy Stiles, a relocated Iowan to Virginia.
I grew up on a farm in Iowa where we raised about 100 broiler chickens every year.
As I got older, I realized that store-bought

chicken doesn’t have the same flavor, texture,

or good taste as the chicken I grew up eating.
So I started looking for ways to have access

to chickens not raised inside a building.
Then we moved back to Virginia, to the land where my husband grew up and I found some great new farming friends. We raised about 100 broilers on pasture in 2019 and I decided

it was time to try a few more.
 

My goal is to raise chickens that taste better than the ones you buy at the store.

I’ve sourced a local feed mill where the farmer grows or knows all the producers of the grains.

 

These chickens are raised outdoors in the sunshine of southwest Virginia.

They are moved once to twice daily across the grass where they have access to bugs and grubs (in addition to feed).

The feed they do receive comes from right here

in Franklin County, Virginia

and is a non-GMO chicken feed.

Raising chickens on pasture is good for them

and good for the land.

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Field & Furrow Farm

Field & Furrow Farm

 

We are organic farmers located in beautiful

Craig County, VA. We are dedicated to growing and raising ethical, nutritious and delicious food for our surrounding community.

We had a great start in 2021, with a small CSA offering and a successful first year. 

We look forward to meeting our neighbors

at the Catawba Market this coming year. 

We will be offering lots of greens and roots crops in the cool seasons, and all of the yummy summer crops during the hot season.

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Darlene Smithwick

Roanoke Co. Library

 

Darlene is the Public Services Coordinator for Roanoke County Public Library and is working on developing an outreach program for the library system. After hearing that residents of the Catawba area desire library services, she thought attending the Catawba Valley Farmers Market might be a good first step. It will allow the library to both share the services that are already offered and to get to know the community in order to learn what services would be of value to them. They plan to bring books and activities for all ages. They can register people for library cards so they can check out materials and be able to use the library's online resources. They will also have a useful gift for anyone who stops by to visit them.

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