Lexington County Farm City Week Featured by the National Farm-City Council

Posted on July 14, 2010. Filed under: General Information |

SPOTLIGHT ON LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C.

Lexington County Farm-City Committee is consistently one of the most active Farm-City groups in South Carolina. A committee of dedicated volunteers representing the County’s Farm Bureau, Extension Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, Young Farmers and FFA chapters work  to pull together a variety of events. Their work is supported by a group of local businesses and organizations who each donate $300 to be sponsors.

Farm-City Tour
Working with Leadership Lexington County, the Farm-City Committee sponsors one day of a week-long discovery tour and learning program designed to show the 35 high school juniors and seniors who have been selected to participate the diversity of business in the county.

The Farm-City Committee arranges for tours of two farms and two city businesses to demonstrate the independence of farm and city. In 2009, the group toured Wingard’s Nursery, James Sease Farms, U.S. Foodservice and Roof Basket Works.

Banquet & job exchange
Approximately 150 city and farm residents attended the annual Lexington County Farm-City Week Kickoff Banquet. “The highlight of the evening was our Job Exchange, “says Lori Rikard, Lexington County Farm-City Committee Chair. “Stanley Shumpert, owner of Shumpert’s Dairy, exchanged jobs with Jim Kinard, Manager of the Gilbert-Summit IGA grocery store.

Each participant was showcased in a video that narrated their experiences walking in each other’s shoes.” The group also collected the farmer’s share of the meal (74¢ per person) and donated the funds to Lexington Interfaith Community Services for their food bank.

Grocery store manager Jim Kinard gets a taste of what it’s like to be a dairyman when he switched jobs with Stanley Shumpert, owner of Shumpert’s Dairy.

Scholarships
In conjunction with National FFA Week, the Lexington Farm-City Committee holds an FFA Appreciation Night to recognize and thank the FFA students who assist the committee throughout the year. Four $500 scholarships were awarded.

Broader exposure
The Committee’s good relationship with local media spread the Farm-City message far beyond just the people who attended their events. The local newspapers provided pre- and post-event coverage of their events. They also asked a local TV anchor to narrate their job exchange video. She mentioned the job exchange program on the air during Farm-City Week, and also aired some of the video.

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