Magic Moments Newsletter: July 2017

Magic Moments Newsletter: July 2017

Jul 2, 2017



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Celebrate agriculture this summer!

Do you ever wonder who created those crazy food and agriculture holidays? Not that we are complaining; we are always up to raise a cone of ice cream in honor of July. This month we celebrate ice cream, blueberries, the infamous baked bean, hot dogs, and picnics in general.

We hope agriculture is an integral part of your summer, from Fourth of July picnics to breezy cotton summer dresses. There is a lot of work done behind the scenes to make sure we can eat, clothe, and build while protecting our planet for future generations. Now, that's a reason to celebrate.

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Cul2vate Nutrition and a Brighter Future
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Food is all about nourishment. Outside the Ellington Agriculture Center in Middle Tennessee, a farm is doing its best to both nourish the hungry and sustain those with unique employment needs. Joey Lankford began his agriculture ministry in South Africa following the call in Matthew 25:35 to feed the hungry. After five years, Lankford returned to Middle Tennessee to serve his neighbors here. Cul2vate serves the mission of engaging poverty by delivering nutrition to the hungry and providing full-time employment for farmers who need business skills training. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Samantha Jean spoke with Lankford to discover just how Cul2vate is engaged in breaking the generational cycle of poverty through agriculture. Listen now.

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July 2017 Events in TN

July 4: Midnight Independence Day Parade
July 4: Knoxville Festival on the Fourth
July 13: Mid Summer Night's Swing
July 13: Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show
July 14-22: Fun Fest
July 28-30: Grainger County Tomato Festival

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Agriculture making headlines

Have you ever tried to buy fresh blueberries at your local farmers market in September, only to find they're not available? That's because although you can find blueberries year-round in grocery stores, they're truly in season in the summer, between June and August. Use this helpful Tennessee produce calendar to find when your favorite fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year. Read More »

Is it possible to create a magazine-worthy garden on even the most challenging sites? Speakers at the Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show say, yes! On Thursday, July 13, they'll provide garden inspiration with an emphasis on solutions. Read More »

Now through August is prime berry picking time in Tennessee. Blueberries are already available in abundance across most of the state, but domestic blackberries are also beginning to show up on farms and at farmers markets in warmer areas. Read More »

Congrats to our June Dairy Month contest winner, @amyloumarysue! Thanks for sharing your favorite ice cream flavors as a tribute to the dairy farmers that make the sweet treat possible! @amyloumarysue will enjoy another cone or two on us!

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