Farmers markets

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFresh produce takes on a whole new meaning when customers can meet the farmer who grows it. Across Georgia, communities are working to make that connection at local farmers markets.“People want to look into the face of the person who grows their food and be able to trace it back and know how it’s grown,” said Louise Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County. Partnering with the city of Roswell, she helped start and now manages the Riverside Farmers Market, which opened in May 2008. The market is certified Georgia grown, and 51 percent of each vendor’s items must be from Georgia and grown within 100 miles of the market.The metro Atlanta area isn’t the only part of Georgia that has people searching for locally grown foods.“There’s definitely been a trend across the country to get back to local foods and knowing where your food came from,” said Amanda Tedrow, UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County. “And people just enjoy that, especially with all the food safety issues that have been going around.”Tedrow works with the producer-only Athens Farmers Market. Currently, vendors in north Georgia are selling greens, onions, herbs, bread, carrots and other goodies. But the summer vegetables are on their way. Tedrow said she saw her first squash, cucumbers and tomatoes on a recent Saturday.“The biggest question I get is ‘when are the tomatoes coming?’” Estabrook said.They’ll arrive in force by the end of June in north Georgia, and earlier in south Georgia.The Roswell and Athens markets are two examples of UGA Extension working to help fill a local need. “Part of my work with Extension is answering the questions of local farmers, and one of their needs was having a place to sell their produce,” Tedrow said. “So we all worked together.”Tedrow and Estabrook do more than help run the markets. They have Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions ranging from composting to canning. Both help organize cooking demonstrations at their markets. And Estabrook has started contests, including an apple pie bake-off, watermelon eating contest and, this year, a zucchini derby. She’s providing the zucchini, wheels and stickers, and children will build the race-ready vegetable vehicles on July 25.At the Riverside market, soap maker Jennifer Rosenthal of Indigo Bath and Body finds interaction with other vendors to be her favorite thing at the three Atlanta-area markets where she sells. And the markets, she said, are more than just food. It’s also about education, she said. Children who visit her booth learn how soap is made. She uses the chance to introduce them to chemistry.“Things in Mother Nature have so many more applications than just food,” she said. In south Georgia, some state farmers markets are still going strong. And one of them is the Cordele Farmers Market.“You can pick any rural road in south Georgia and follow the busted melons that fall off trucks onto the side of the road to the market in Cordele,” said Tucker Price, UGA Extension agent in Crisp County. The Cordele market has been in business since the late 1940s. Despite its abundance of vegetables, including hard-to-find heirloom varieties, it’s best known for its melons. Price remembers making the trek to Cordele as a child to help sell watermelons. And like Price in his childhood days, Estabrook is now making the farmers market a family affair. Her husband and son play in the market’s pickup musical band, and her daughter sells homemade doggie treats.“It’s a great family venue for me,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends, both vendors and shoppers, and my family is there.” “It’s great to see those interactions of someone walking up to a booth and knowing the farmer by name and being able to discuss what they liked about the food they got last week,” Tedrow said. “People definitely form relationships with both the growers and the food.”For more information on Georgia farmers markets, visit www.pickyourown.org/GAfarmersmarkets.htm or www.localharvest.org.last_img read more

Center for Global Business & Technology opens

first_imgCenter for Global Business & Technologyat Champlain College opens its doorsBURLINGTON, Vt.-Champlain College opened a $10 million academic facilityon August 30. The Center for Global Business & Technology will enhance theCollege’s ability to put students to work on real business challenges forVermont companies and non-profits, which will fuel Vermont’s businesscommunity. Students will interact with these clients and Champlain facultymembers in new high-tech classrooms and multimedia suites, a marketresearch and strategy room, focus group room, international businessresource center and conference rooms.”This building speaks to Champlain’s philosophy of action-basededucation,” said President Roger H. Perry. “The Center includes as muchintegration with the business community as we could build into it. It’s afacility that benefits students as well as Vermont’s public and privatesectors.”In the new center, student teams will earn hands-on experience as theycomplete business and technology projects for clients. Organizations thatwish to connect with these resources are invited to visitwww.champlain.edu/corporate(link is external) for contact information.In the market research and strategy room-a nerve center ofentrepreneurial activity-students from interrelated majors will cometogether in teams to recommend new strategies for businesses, includinghow to use technology for competitive advantage. In addition, theinternational business resource center on the top floor provides the bestinternational trade information the state has to offer.Approximately $1.5 million of the new facility was an investment inindustry-driven technology that you would more likely see in a corporateheadquarters than a classroom. In the new Mac G5 computer classrooms onthe ground floor, clusters of five student workstations are networked totheir own wall-mounted, 40-inch flatscreen monitor so each team candisplay their work on the wall for feedback. Additional multimedia suitesand “supersuites” across the hall put top-of-the-line visual and audioequipment at the fingertips of Champlain students.Classrooms were designed so teams of students can easily break off andwork on projects together while they employ computers and “electronicwhiteboards” to save their work. Video conferencing and speaker phones areavailable to meet with distant experts, clients or overseas students, andwireless laptops can be used in every nook and cranny of the building.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Sol Campbell reveals interest in replacing Freddie Ljungberg on Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff

first_imgArsenal legend Sol Campbell reveals interest in replacing Freddie Ljungberg on Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Sep 2020 12:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Campbell last managed Southend United (Picture: Getty Images)Sol Campbell says he would ‘love to’ go back to Arsenal and join Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff after the departure of Freddie Ljungberg.The Swede left his role as assistant coach last month in the search of a managerial position elsewhere.Ljungberg was in charge of Arsenal’s Under-23s for the 2018/19 season, before stepping into a first-team role the following campaign. Advertisement Arteta recently lost Ljungberg (Picture: Getty Images)The former Gunners forward then became interim boss when Unai Emery was relieved of his duties, before Arteta’s eventual appointment as head coach.ADVERTISEMENTCampbell, meanwhile, left his post as Southend United boss in June after the club were relegated to League Two.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhen asked by fellow Invincible Robert Pires whether he’d be interested in a return to the Emirates in a coaching capacity, the former England international told the Marvel’s Avengers YouTube channel: ‘Yeah, I would, if something came up I would love to.‘Put my name forward I will be there.’‘I will send a message for Edu,’ Pires added.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnother Gunners legend, Dennis Bergkamp, has been linked with the assistant manager role as Mikel Arteta looks to fill the vacancy.The Spaniard will be aiming to build on the success of claiming the FA Cup last term as he enters his first full season as a manager.Arteta has already added Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes to his ranks, while a deal to bring Dani Ceballos back on loan for another season looks near to completion.MORE: Francis Cagigao sends farewell message to Arsenal and predicts bright future for Mikel ArtetaMORE: Arsenal hero Marc Overmars rates Donny van de Beek’s chances at Manchester UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Robertson tells Liverpool to avoid Barça ‘hangover’ and focus on Newcastle

first_imgAndy Robertson has said Liverpool cannot afford a Lionel Messi-inflicted hangover if they want to preserve their Premier League title hopes at Newcastle.Jürgen Klopp’s team were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. Robertson admitted it was “baffling how that happened”, as Liverpool played well only for wasteful finishing and the brilliance of Messi to yield a first defeat in 20 games. However, the Scotland captain insisted focus must switch to Saturday evening’s awkward trip to St James’ Park, where victory is required to put the pressure back on City in the title race.“We are near the end of the season but we’ve got three, hopefully four, games left,” he said. “We’ve no time to have a hangover now. We need to go strong into the Newcastle game first and get our bodies ready, and then go again because we can’t let our foot off the gas. We need the three points and push them [City] the whole way. There can’t be a hangover. Newcastle is our full concentration now.“We have fallen short [against Barcelona] but we can be proud of the performance and we just need that bit of luck. We are still young and will still learn and be better for it in years to come. We can be proud of what we have done this season but we need one big, final push now.”Robertson believes Liverpool were beginning to take control at the Camp Nou when Messi scored his 599th Barcelona goal, and rued Mohamed Salah’s shot against the post shortly after the Argentinian’s magnificent 600th.The left-back said: “It’s a strange one because we played well but we got beat 3-0 and it’s baffling how that’s happened. We didn’t take our chances and they had a bit of luck with the second but that’s what happens. It’s going to be a tough task now but we have to think about Saturday first and foremost and then believe we can do something special on Tuesday.“The second goal was one of the luckiest goals I’ve been involved in, coming off the bar and Messi taps it in. Just as we were getting into the game and the [home] fans were starting to boo and get on top of them, and we had them where we wanted them. Unfortunately, we got caught. Then of course if Mo scores – you can’t criticise him for it but those are the fine margins. At 3-1 it is a lot better scoreline with an away goal. We need something special on Tuesday but if there is any place to do it it’s Anfield.”Robertson acquitted himself well against Messi but like Klopp, who described Messi as unstoppable afterwards, he could only salute the forward’s ultimate contribution to the tie.“I thought personally I did relatively well against him down their right-hand side but he scores two goals,” Robertson said. “So for me that’s not good enough clearly. I thought the second goal he scored was world class. You could’ve had two keepers in and we wouldn’t have saved it but that’s what he can do. That’s Messi; he’s done it for many years now. Fair play to him, he’s a world-class player and he conducts himself as a world-class player.”–Source: Guardian UKlast_img read more