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The Greensboro Echo 2010 August 2010 Newspaper

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    PARTNERSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS, NETWORKING AND GETTING THINGS DONE

    On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, several of Winston County Self Help Cooperative members traveled across state line into Louisiana to be reunited with one of their own, Bull-113 at Carl James farm in the small community of Uneedus, LA (Tangipahoa Parish). Members were excited to see Bull-113s creativity and the increased quality of James cattle herd. Bull-113 produced more than 50 offspring according to James and I am thrilled to obtain use of this immaculate animal from Winston County Self Help Cooperative. My overall herds value exceeded expectations; therefore, I am in negotiation to purchase Bull-113. After lengthy discussions and brainstorming, WCSHC Partnerships, Relationships, Networking And Getting,Continued on pg. 2

    membership decided to transfer ownership of Bull-113 to Carl James Farm. James and WCSHC are members of heifer projects in their respective states. We are working through our individual heifer projects to create and develop plans of action to help sustain ownership of working farms through Heifer Internationals principles according to WCSHC member Willie Matthews.

    After lunch, WCSHC members toured the historic Muses Farm in Greensburg, Louisiana and heard stories of Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Muse accomplishments. Mr. Emmits testimony, If it had not been for my wife, I might not have enjoyed my life as a farmer. An army veteran, principal

    and a vocational agriculture teacher, he planned on living a quiet life that did not necessarily include agricultural production. However, Mrs. Thelma Muse had other ideas and she began to build the family herd; one calf at a time. He quickly got on board and now they enjoy an 88 acre farm in St. Helena Parish, where in their retirement, they built their dream home on the family farm.

    The final stop for the day was the farm of Mr. Warner Hall of Greensburg. Mr. Hall, an avid gardener, is known locally for having the best garden in the parish year after year. He is also a

    WCSHCs 2011 SRACWinston County Self Help Cooperative 4th

    Saving Rural America and Youth Conference February 25 & 26, 2011

    Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS.Forward your comments to Frank Taylor fltaylor@bellsouth.net or 601-291-2704

    A Team Committed to Help Save Rural America

    ~ The Voice of Rural America ~SPECIAL EDITION

    The Greensboro EchoSummer | 1st Edition | August 2010wcshc.com The Official Newsletter of the

    Winston County Self Help Cooperative

    MORE INSIDEHeifer International Creating Dividends..........................................................2WCSHC Conducts Canning Workshops in July.................................................3USDAs FUNDS AT WORK.............................................3Timeline for July Activities................................................................................3Clifford Eichelbergers Twin Calves...................................................................4WCSHCs Youth Enrichment Workshop..........................................4Morehouse Parish Black Farmers Association 9th Field Day..........................4Photographs of Farmers and Gardeners in the South.....................................5Transferring Place-Based Knowledge...............................................................6National Goat Conference..................................................................................6Greensboro Youth Group Back-to-School/take a Bite out of Crime........7School Rules........................................................................................................8Starting a New School........................................................................................8

  • Heifer International Creating Dividends

    Heifer Internationals gift of animals continues to generate dividends for Winston County Self Help Cooperative members and for the countys tax coffers. WCSHC received a grant of $74,500 from Heifer International in 2002 according to Mary Hannah founding member of WCSHC. The co-op purchased 40 bred Angus Heifers on August 8, 2002 from Millers Cattle Broker of Starkville, MS. WCSHCs Animal Health Committee and Local Extension Agent Mike Skipper developed guidelines and requirements for families to receive

    Partnerships, Relationships, Networking And Getting,Continued from pg. 1

    Warmer Hall & Mother Hall

    Frank Taylor, Carl James Dawn Patin and Warner Hall

    retired farm manager and raises beef cattle. After a catfish, barbeque rib and chicken dinner with all the trimmings, including many fresh vegetables from the garden, we toured the pastures and had an up-close look at many of the improvements being made to the farm. The most notable was the pond just built with the assistance of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This family farm, just like the James farm, has been in the family for generations counting back to the early 1900s.

    Whats so dynamic about this experience was the fact that these men who were strangers in 2005 have formed personal and professional relationships. The stories of Carl James, Warner Hall and Frank Taylor are all of great courage. Each individual entered the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute in 2005 with visions of improving their communities through leadership development. According to Warner Hall, we are making positive impacts in our communities with lessons learned through the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute. We are using skills ascertained to implement and advocate policy change for the betterment of humankind and serve as ambassadors for small farmers across America. Leadership Class-1 extends kudos to Dr. Dawn Patin and 1890s colleagues for devising the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute. This program is making a difference in rural America.

    As the director of the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute, it is most encouraging to see the dream being realized. The unstated goal of the leadership experience was to see small producers develop a network of sustainability and sufficiency, where they assist one another and share resources and information. The experiences of Wednesday, May 26, 2010 clearly demonstrate that both the stated goals and the unstated goals of the leadership classes are being realized. To follow these mens journey and that of Class III of the leadership institute, join us at www.aginstitute.suagcenter.com.

    Carl James (Bull-113)

    Members enjoying Barbeque

    Carl James Farm

    By Frank Taylor, fltaylor@bellsouth.net

    heifers. Criterions included fence, water, forage, detainment area, and access to veterinary service. Additionally, recipients attained technical support in formulating farm plans through Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and nonprofit organizations. After completing the vigorous training processes, WCSHC placed 5 bred heifers each with eight families. Recipients signed Letters of Agreement to maintain health of heifers and give back five quality heifers to help other beginning farmers start their cattle farms. As of today, WCSHC placed 200 bred heifers with 32 co-op members with 15 families waiting for pass on heifers. This gift from Heifer International continues to multiply and generate sustainability in rural communities through sales of heifer and bulls. WCSHCs Heifer Program contributed more than one million dollars to the local economy over a seven year period. Under this initiative, WCSHC added 15 beginning famers who purchased farmland, wire, posts, tractors, hay equipment and other implements to manage their farm enterprises.

    Winston County Self Help Cooperative will continue Heifer Internationals principles and ideology of helping their fellowman by giving

    back to the less fortunate and stimulate hope in impoverished rural communities according to founding Member Omerio Dotson. WCSHC Membership conveys thanks to former HPIs South Central Staff including Roger Jones, Jessie Strassburg, Sharon Satchel, Lisa Biglane, Elaine Wolverton, Michael Ashanti and current staff member Emily King for helping WCSHC create a successful heifer project and organization.

    NEWS FROM RURAL AMERICAPage 2 - AUGUST 2010THE GREENSBORO ECHO

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  • WCSHC Conducts Canning Workshops in July

    Winston County Self Help Cooperative continued its spirited efforts of eliminating hunger, promoting leadership and stimulating interest in Mother Earths natural resources in the month of July via canning workshops. Veteran canners Ozolla Eichelberger and Mary Coleman displayed an array of canning methods to influence young mothers to engage in the practice of preserving fresh vegetables.

    Eichelberger and Coleman focused their energies on preserving a variety of vegetables which included peas, okras, squash, green & lima beans, tomatoes, corn on the cob and making jams. Mary highlighted techniques of maintaining quality and using proper equipment to ensure safety. Mother Ozolla engaged participants in making apple jams from local grown apples. Joyce Harrington said I am elated to learn this process of making jams from scratch. In my childhood, I watched elderly women carry out this communitys ritual and today I am receiving hands-on lessons from 91 year old Mother Ozolla Eichelberger. Yes, we are learning how to

    survive under the stewardship of experience and faith. Thomas Coleman elaborated on procedures for harvesting and preparing vegetables for direct consumption. Thomas harvest method starts early (in the) morning around 6:00 am and continues until no