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Posted on October 18, 2021

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The DeLeon Carter Foundation presents a $2,000 grant to the Nash County Farmers Market in Nashville for programs like “How ‘Bout Them Apples?” Members of the foundation's board of directors are pictured from left: Lank Dunton, Pam Larimer, Sandy Hall, Gus Tulloss, Maurine Brown, George Whitaker, Joe Edwards and Vince Durham.

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The DeLeon Carter Foundation presents a $2,000 grant to the Nash County Farmers Market in Nashville for programs like “How ‘Bout Them Apples?” Members of the foundation's board of directors are pictured from left: Lank Dunton, Pam Larimer, Sandy Hall, Gus Tulloss, Maurine Brown, George Whitaker, Joe Edwards and Vince Durham.

NASHVILLE — The Nash County Farmers Market received a $2,000 grant from the DeLeon Carter Foundation that funds events like “How ‘Bout Them Apples?”

This event focuses on North Carolina apples and fall produce grown locally. Children who attended the market on Saturday had the opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt and shop for items on a market list. Lists, bags and instructions were obtained from a market information booth.

The scavenger hunt was free to all participating children, and the DeLeon Carter Foundation grant paid for all supplies.

The foundation was established in 1987 by the late Myrtle Henry Carter. Since 1997, the DeLeon Carter Foundation has awarded roughly $900,000 in grants.

As written in the original DeLeon Carter Trust agreement, “This trust is created and shall be operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Mrs. Henry’s expectation (is) that the trust’s focus, and the continuity of directorships, is to be linked to her history and her pattern of concerns for Rocky Mount, Nashville, and Nash County, but not to the extent that those concerns constrain the board’s discretionary powers.”

The farmers market strives to teach children about agriculture and how food is produced locally. Grant money paid for an information and demonstration table.

Starting next spring, the market will host events that include cooking demonstrations from Regina Mosley, the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s family and consumer science agent for Nash and Edgecombe counties. Local chefs will be invited to participate in the demos.

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