Franklin County farmer and extension agent Martha Mobley is trying to fulfill the wishes of her late mother and late husband.
Both wanted to help small farmers, especially women in agriculture. When both died in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the family asked for donations in lieu of flowers to create a nonprofit to benefit small farmers. Mobley is trying to raise more money for that charity with an event later this month.
From 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Mobley is hosting an event called, “ Dinner in the Meadow,” at Meadow Lane Farm, her 1,000-acre goat farm in Franklin County.
Mobley and several other farmers are donating food for the feast, including organic vegetables and pasture-raised beef, pork and goat. Several chefs from across the region, including Charlie Deal of Dos Perros and Jujube and Carrie Schleiffer of G2B, are cooking for the event. WUNC “State of Things” radio show host Frank Stasio is emceeing the affair. White Street Brewing Co. in Wake Forest and Benjamin Vineyards in Saxapahaw are donating beer and wine.
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Tickets cost $100 per person. To purchase tickets and for more information about the event, go to dinnerinthemeadow.org.
Mobley, who works with livestock farmers, said she sees young farmers struggling and hopes to create a nonprofit that can provide advice and resources to help those farmers. “I see the need every day,” Mobley said. “Steve and I saw the need every week at farmers markets.”
Proceeds will benefit the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, which is named for Mobley’s mother and husband. Her mother, Marjorie Leonard, was a home economist who taught for years in the Franklin County school system. Her husband, Steve Mobley, was a farmer who sold at the Durham Farmers’ Market. He died unexpectedly last summer. (Read a News & Observer story about him HERE.)