Locally Grown Meal in Louisburg NC to Raise Funds for 4-H Club
By Kay Whatley, Editor
To raise funds for the local 4-H children, a farm in Louisburg NC is holding a Farm-to-Fork dinner the evening of May 12, 2016.
This is a great opportunity to support a 4-H event, make some farm-friendly friends, and enjoy farm-fresh food.
Austin from Cook Shack in Louisburg, an accomplished cook, will be preparing the meal. It includes a steamship round of beef from Ray Family Farms. Bunn NC’s Vollmer Farm and other local farms are providing berries, asparagus, spring lettuce, local sweet potatoes, and more tasty local produce. Locally made cheese and harvested shrimp may end up on the menu too. Like the weather, the menu may change slightly based on the available harvest.
Only 100 dinner tickets will be sold, with each $100 ticket admitting two people for the Farm-to-Fork meal. That’s 200 people.
Come for the 6:30pm dinner, but arrive early to network with others interested in the 4-H and small farms. At the dinner, an auction is planned with a variety of items — art work, race tickets, furniture, wine baskets, and more. Door prizes will be awarded during the dinner.
Tickets can also be bought at www.rayfamilyfarms.com/shop or contact the farm at 919.422.1372 — they may be able to deliver tickets. Checks should be made payable to “RFF The Dirt 4-H Club.”
Says farmer Jodi Ray, “We all spend money on events and give money to help causes. I promise you these 4-H kids will be the very best investment you ever make with your hard earned money.”
For six years, Chad and Jodi Ray have been working with the 4-H kids in the “RFF Dirt Club” from their farm just outside of Bunn NC. Their 4-H is active in raising animals, visiting other farms, and learning farm maintenance too. Their small family-owned farm has been working with the 4-H for many years, helping the kids learn about animal husbandry, crop farming, and running a farm-based store. The RFF Dirt Club has several dozen children, and their families, involved in learning and working at the farm.
A 2013 article (PDF) in “Leader” magazine, a Carolina agriculture magazine, has more information on the farm and their support of the 4-H, which began in 2010.
The Farm-to-Fork dinner is a private, ticket-required event to raise funds for the 4-H. Hosted by Chad Ray’s uncle at his Louisburg NC farm, the dinner will include fresh offerings from the farm and hand-prepared meals with meats and produce grown locally. Family and friends of the 4-H and the farm will be joined by other ticketed diners for this private meal. This type of fundraiser fits into the lessons about eating real food that is part of the 4-H teachings.
For those who cannot make it to this fundraising dinner, the RFF Dirt Club is a nonprofit that may accept financial contributions and appreciates whatever may be given. All donations to the 4-H nonprofit activities are tax deductible.
The farm’s motto is just what you would expect with a farm-to-fork dinner offering, “Pasture Raised from Conception to Consumption.” They say it and they mean it! Their efforts in organic farming and humane animal treatment have been noticed, too.
Ray Family Farms was selected as the NC Piedmont 12 county region 4 recipient of “Farm Family of the Year,” an award given to the farm with the highest level of water and soil conservation possible. The farm was also selected to be a part of the Farm Aid: XXIX: North Carolina documentary and participated during the 2014 concert in Raleigh NC. In 2012, Jodi and Chad were selected as one of President Obama’s “Champions of Change” for their commitment to sustainable farming and energy conservation practices. Says Chad Ray about the experience, “Our trip to Washington DC and to the White House will be one we never forget. Although humbled and proud of the honor, the real honor was representing all of wonderful friends and customers here at Ray Family Farms.”
The farm and farm store are located at 6913 Pearces Road, Louisburg NC — just outside of Bunn. Visit them online at www.rayfamilyfarms.com. Call the farm at 919.422.1365 with any questions about the farm-to-fork dinner, to join 4-H, or find out what’s available today.
** UPDATE – New auction item addition announced on April 14th — beach house get-away! Spend July 4th week at Carolina Beach! Beverly Harris has graciously donated her 2800 square feet beach home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths to raise money for the RFF Dirt Club! The high bidder will have to go the week of July 2-8, 2016. **