Looking forward to a great turnout for our upcoming March community workshop. What a great opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life hear community elders share their experiences and tell their stories. This should be quite engaging with lots of questions from the audience. Nothing like bridging the gap between the different generations!
Our self-management diabetes workshop is going extremely well. Trained facilitators are covering topics such as making an action plan, healthy eating, fitness, stress management, and the list goes on and on! Space is still available, so if you're interested give us a call for more details. 910-568-5809
Looking for local musicians, songwriters and performers to participate at our farmers market this summer. Help us enhance our local community, create good vibes and a venue to showcase local talent. For more info, call 910-568-5809.
Our Summer season at our farmers market ended Saturday, September 26. We accomplished what we said we would....to enhance community-based income opportunities for local farmers and vendors, create a welcoming community gathering place, and provide our community with healthy, locally grown fresh produce. Thanks to Harpo Farms for providing a wide variety of fresh produce and baked goods, Symphl Creations and their unique handcrafted soaps and affordable jewelry, Eva's Creations for such tasty homemade jellies and apple strudel, and Brooklyn Express for their mouth watering grilled items.
Our market definitely ended up being a community hub and a place to meet up with friends. Every third Saturday was kids' day, which allowed them to burn energy making homemade ice cream or create one of a kind vegetable stamp art. We were so excited to partner with "BOOK Your Next Adventure" to provide free books for kids to help retain and enhance their reading skills during the summer months. Chef Judy (owner of Let Me Cater to You) graciously offered free cooking demos for customers using fresh produce from our market.
Don't worry, if you weren't able to visit our market this summer, you can still take advantage of the rich and bountiful harvest during the Fall season. Come enjoy fresh produce at its seasonal peak! The market will be open through December 19 from 9am-2pm. We also gladly accept SNAP benefits. For more information, please call 910-568-5809.
Spring 2015 Press Release
Sandhills Sankofa Festival – May 16, 2015
Spring Lake, North Carolina – The Sandhills Family Heritage Association in partnership with the Spring Lake Recreation Department will host the Sandhills Sankofa Festival and the Art of Gospel on Saturday, May 16th from 11am-6pm. The festival will feature Tabernacle of God Ministries from Dillon, SC which will provide immediate access to food for people in need through its mobile food distribution pantry. This one day event will be held at the Spring Lake Recreation Center located at 245 Ruth Street in Spring Lake, NC. This festival is a celebration of rural African American cultural heritage.
This FREE, family friendly event will feature gospel artists, various genres of African American music to include jazz, blues, and contemporary R&B. The festival is proud to showcase the local talents of accomplished vocalist Kia Williams of the Blue Violin Music Education Center, contemporary R&B musicians Soul Decree, and blues artists Puncho & Friends. The Heritage Restoration Chorale, Christian Jubilee and Johnsonville Male Chorus will help us celebrate our spiritual heritage. Come discover the fun and excitement of the Powerhouse Tumblers, a well-known exhibition team of power tumblers from Raleigh, NC. Accomplished dancer, director and choreographer Shea-Ra Nichi along with her drummers will perform a combination of folkloric dance styles. A wide array of fitness demonstrations will also be included spotlighting Zumba and line dancing. Spectators will enjoy a powerful performance by the high stepping heartbeat of Westover High School’s Power House Marching band, as their drumline kicks it up several notches. A variety of food and retail vendors will be on hand to exhibit and sell their products.
In celebration of our military community, the Honorable Judge Lou Olivera will be on hand to help thank and acknowledge soldiers, veterans and their families for their sacrifices. The 82nd Airborne Band will provide patriotic and spirit lifting performances as they seek to inspire us all.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and their community partners will offer health and wellness screenings, exhibits and educational materials to encourage healthier communities.
Everyone is invited to come out and share in this celebration of rural African American cultural heritage.
For more information contact 910-568-5809 or 910-309-2198.
Promised Land Project: Family Visioning for Your Land
SFHA is looking for minority landowners, farmers, and heir property owners from Cumberland, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties to provide FREE knowledge and resources for using their land to help meet their financial and conservation goals. Services also include executed wills, power of attorneys, and/or healthcare power attorneys to those who qualify. This FREE event will be located at:
Spring Lake Library
101 Laketree Blvd.
Spring Lake, NC
For more information contact us at 910-568-5809, 910-497-0628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Healing from the Land book is our attempt to document and preserve the history of that special connection between African American families of the Sandhills and their use of the land for medicinal purposes.
“I have been impressed by the elders’ deep knowledge of our natural environment; their ability and skills in identifying poisonous and non-poisonous plants, locating plant habitat, knowing the correct time to harvest, methods of preparation, amount of dosages, and frequency of usage. Their awareness of the natural environment and their struggle to hold on to these traditions have prompted the writing of this book.”
"To us, our land is not just soil, it is our food supply, our home, our source of income, medicine, recreation, and spiritual reminder of God's provision for His people. Our land is the center of family and community life." -Ammie Jenkins
Below is the website link for Healing from the Land, which includes a short documentary and photographs.
Click here to get your Healing from the Land Book Today
Contact information: (910) 568-5809 or email@example.com
SFHA Health Wise Program is aimed at reducing the health risks that are associated with poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and stress. Join us and help build strong healthy families throughout the Sandhills region of North Carolina.
We are dedicated to improving quality of life through education and workshops that focus on reducing obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases associated with diet, stress, and inactivity.We are also dedicated to sustaining a healthy living environment through the protection of our food, air, water, and land resources.
Presenting the African Heritage Diet
Claiming Your Health by Claiming Your History
Diabetes is not part of your heritage. Neither is heart disease.