Home » Local News » Life » Farm-City Week celebrated heartily

Farm-City Week celebrated heartily

Farmers and city slickers alike joined together at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Tuesday night to celebrate Farm-City Week.
“It is a time of appreciation,” said Kevin Starr, director of the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension. “It’s a time to appreciate one another and the society we live in and how we depend on each other.”
Farm-City Week has been celebrated for 50 years. It was first created to give thanksgiving for food and the agriculture that produces it.
This year’s celebration held true to that tradition in the face of a drastically altered world.
“Today, farmland is being changed into shopping centers . . . at an ever increasing rate,” said Richard Reich, the North Carolina assistant agriculture commissioner, and the event’s keynote speaker.
Reich, who worked for Lincoln County’s Cooperative Extension in the 1970s, told his audience how much things have changed since then.
He noted fast food chains popping up and farmland disappearing.
“Lincoln County’s changed so much and it’s really typical,” he said. “If you go across the state, you’ll see North Carolina has changed so much.”
Reich emphasized the importance of agriculture and encouraged farmers to continue their work and to keep traditions alive.
“Do it for your grandchildren, do it for your children,” he said. “These are important things for us to not lose from our lives.”
The evening wasn’t simply focused on farmers. Reich and other speakers also talked about the importance of educating the general public about the importance of agriculture.
“A lot of people think their food comes from a grocery store,” said Starr. “And there’s an awful lot more to it than that.”
When one percent of the population feeds the other 99 percent, it’s not something that should be taken for granted, said Reich.
This sentiment was echoed throughout the evening.
“Farm City Week is a time for us to remember where our food comes from and how lucky we are to get the food we have,” said Josh Beam, an area agriculture agent.
by Sarah Grano

You must be logged in to post a comment Login