Farm-City Committee looks back, makes plans

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Farm-City Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday to look back at Pike County Farm-City Week 2012 and make initial plans for 2013 Farm-City Week activities and events.

Committee Chair Randy Hale said last year’s Farm-City Week featured the annual awards banquet that recognized outstanding members of all segments of agriculture, the Farm-City Swap, the Pocosin Tour, agriculture promotion booths at the Pike County Fair and the Peanut Butter Festival and student participation in the Farm-City poster and essay contests.

The Pike County Farm-City Committee received state awards for the Best Farm-City Tour and is the second overall best Farm-City Committee in its division, Hale said.

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“The Pike County Farm-City Committee has traditionally been strong and has won many state awards,” said Kathy Sauer, Chamber president. “We are looking forward to Farm-City Week 2013 and will approach this year’s events and activities with the same dedication and commitment that we have in the past. There is a strong connection between our rural and urban communities and we want to explore that connection through this year’s Farm-City theme, ‘Alabama Agriculture: Growing for You and Me.’”

Farm-City Week 2013 will be Nov. 22-28 and will be designed Farm-City Week in Pike County via a proclamation signed by the mayors of all municipalities and the chairman of the Pike County Commission.

Hale said every resident of Pike County benefits from the partnership between the farm and city communities.

Farm-City Week activities include the Farm-City Swap, where a member of the farming community and a member of the urban community swap jobs for a day, mini-farms at local elementary schools, the poster, essay and multi-media contests, participation in the Pike County Fair Oct. 1-5 and the Peanut Butter Festival Oct. 25 and the annual awards banquet in November.

Hale said other activities under consideration are a partnership with the Agriculture Academy at Goshen High School, volunteer speakers for civic clubs and visits to agricultural sites by Junior Ambassadors and Leadership Pike participants.

Anyone who would like to be a member of the Pike County Farm-City Committee or would like to volunteer to assist with any of the activities and events is encouraged to call the Pike County Chamber of Commerce at 334-566-2294.