Sunday, March 30, 2014
Lowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit dedicated to growing Charleston's local economy by strengthening community support for locally owned businesses and farmers, is excited to kick off Eat Local Month on Tuesday, April 1 as Whole Foods Market's Five Percent Day recipient. The Whole Foods Market Community Giving program is dedicated to local nonprofits with limited budgets trying to make a difference in the community. On Tuesday, April 1, five percent of net sales at the Mount Pleasant Whole Foods Market will be donated to Lowcountry Local First.
“Being chosen as the recipient of 5 Percent Day solidifies Whole Foods Market's commitment to our local food systems and the future of farming in our community,” says LLF marketing director, Misty Lister. “We're excited and grateful for this opportunity and want to encourage folks to come out to Whole Foods on Tuesday, April 1 to shop, meet the LLF team and learn more about Eat Local Month and our ongoing efforts in sustainable agriculture.”
In addition to the 5 Percent Day donation, Whole Foods Market is a sponsor of Lowcountry Local First's 3rd annual Lowcountry Farm Tours on Saturday, April 19. Another LLF Eat Local Month initiative, this daylong, family-friendly event offers the general public an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to take farmer-led tours of farms on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Tickets will be sold at Whole Foods Market Mount Pleasant store April 1-18 for $20 per carload.
“We are behind the work that Lowcountry Local First is doing to support local sustainable agriculture and farmer education. Their work is vital to the next generation of farmers and our local food economy,” says Pam Fischette, marketing director for the Whole Foods Market Mount Pleasant store. “It makes perfect sense for Whole Foods Market to partner with an organization whose core values align so closely with our own commitment to support and nurture local farmers and food systems. There's no better way to ensure that today's farmers and the next generation of farmers will have viable businesses than to buy local produce from our community farmers. That's why it's important to support LLF's Eat Local Month efforts.”
Lowcountry Local First encourages individuals, families, schools and workplaces to get involved with Eat Local Month, presented by Limehouse Produce, throughout April by visiting farmer's markets, meeting local farmers and supporting farm-to-table chefs. All funds raised during Eat Local Month support Lowcountry Local First's work in sustainable agriculture. To date, LLF has put 95 apprentices through the Growing New Farmers Program and launched Dirt Works Incubator Farm among other initiatives.