Friends of Agriculture Breakfast kicks off its season

Published 10:00 pm Monday, September 19, 2016

Tomorrow, Sept. 21, the Friends of Agriculture begins its monthly 7 a.m. breakfast meeting at the 4H Center in Columbus on Locust Street. A core program of the office of Agricultural Economic Development and sponsored by Polk County Farm Bureau, the Friends of Ag breakfast is open to everyone in the immediate region with interest in agriculture and community. There is no charge.

The breakfast begins at 7 a.m. with a formal program that wraps up by 8 a.m. for those who need to get to work. Community building and visiting with neighbors continues past then.

This month’s breakfast features a discussion about the benefits of seed saving by Chris Smith from Sow True Seed in Asheville.

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Sow True Seed, now in its seventh season, is a company founded to encompass more than the idea of selling seeds. It embraces the corporate philosophy of honoring people and planet as well as profit. While profit is necessary to sustain a company and to help it meet growth goals, equally important to Sow True Seed is supporting the people who work there, while trying to make the world a better place for farmers and gardeners to have access to the seeds that are best adapted to where they live, without fear of corporate ownership of those seeds, and the food they produce.

Are corporations able to care about the people who produce their products and the people who purchase their products? Are they able to never let profit take precedence over stewardship of the land of the environment that feeds us all? Come hear what Sow True Seed has to say at the breakfast.