Carolyn Anderson picks through a variety of peppers as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of �local foods,� whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That�s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A first-time farmer in South Knox County, Jonathan Buchanan sells what he can at farmer's markets downtown and on the University of Tennessee campus.
What he doesn't sell, he donates to a new initiative kick-started by two UT Institute of Agriculture staffers called "Give More, Grow More."
The program, dreamed up by human resources administrator Amy Caponetti, was initially meant to glean the extra fruits and vegetables grown by backyard gardeners and donate them to local charities. The initiative since has grown to include vendors at the university's Wednesday farmer's market at the UT Gardens and patrons who purchase extra produce for the cause.
Caponetti says a grant is being proposed that would allow the university to expand the campaign into the community and to other UT campuses and extension offices across the state.