Lots coming up!
Lots coming up!
CFI Newsletter, February 2024  
Seasonal Rhythms and Working for Change  

We’re two months into 2024, and it feels like spring is in full swing here in Appalachian Ohio.  Robins sing like crazy just before dawn and colors are beginning to pop in the hills.  We’re eagerly anticipating the bloom of redbuds and dogwoods, planning and prepping our gardens, and starting seeds.  In February, too, CFI attended the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association [OEFFA] conference, joining hundreds of other individuals with a similar interest in, and commitment to, local and sustainable food.  All these actions, recurring year after year, never get old.  On the contrary, they leave us re-inspired each year – by nature, by the people we meet, by the work others are doing, by abundant affirmation that the work we do is critical.  Together we’re moving forward into a better future where everyone is nourished by a just and thriving food system.
We recently released our Annual Report — and wow, what a testimony to the power of community!  Please take a couple minutes to look through this snapshot of the past year.  There is much to celebrate, and still much to do!  Thank you for being in community with us.

With gratitude,
The CFI team

Seed Potato Giveaway 2024
Spread the word!  Community Food Initiatives’ Annual Spud-tacular Seed Potato Giveaway is around the corner!  CFI will be distributing over 35,000 pounds of potatoes, including seed potatoes and baking potatoes.  All are invited to come grab as many as you can handle, plus some for your friends and family.
The community distribution will take place on Wednesday, March 20th, 11am-6pm, at the Nelsonville ACEnet Business Center, 296 S. Harper Street in Nelsonville, Ohio.
This is a free event and all are welcome.  Individuals picking up more than 200 pounds of taters should please contact CFI to reserve their order: 740-593-5971 or vista@communityfoodinitiatives.org.
Upcoming Workshops!
We’re planning a packed season of Community Garden workshops this year!  These events are posted on our website Events Calendar and we’ll share them on social media.  We’re kicking off the season with Cold Frames and Seed Starting.  Register by clicking on the fliers below.  See you there and reach out with questions! 
Plant Parents Wanted
Following a successful pilot year in 2023, this year we're again inviting community members to grow plant starts for our upcoming Plant Start Giveaway.  Do you have a greenhouse or other way to start plants?  Sign up to be a Plant Parent!  Plants need to be ready to distribute at our giveaway in mid-May.  Interested folks should please fill out our Plant Parent form.  Reach out with questions!   
Join Our Team
The COMCorps application period is open! COMCorps is an AmeriCorps program through the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and members may serve at many different amazing sites throughout Southeast Ohio, including CFI!  We'll be hosting 2 COMCorps members this coming season.  Click the flier below for more information, and please help us spread the word!  
What Else?
Donation Station is at the Athens Farmers Market  every Saturday, and we happily accept produce purchased at market! The Athens Farmers Market takes place at the Athens Community Center.  Note that the market includes a space inside the Community Center during winter months.    
There's always more happening at CFI than we have room to share here.  Be sure to follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram
Looking for different ways to help the CFI garden grow? Visit our website for information about our programming and to see how you can get involved. 
Donate today!
We had a great time at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference!  Thank you to the OEFFA team for putting such an amazing event together every year.