Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cows, pigs and, um, porkiness

I'm on the road for the next couple of days. Let's do a fast roundup before I go:

-- Proffitt Family Farms believes that a calf born to one of their cows is the first USDA Certified Organic beef cow born in the Carolinas. Their pastures were certified organic in September.

-- Good pork is a terrible thing to waste. So Grateful Growers Farm is adding the Porkalicious Cooking Academy, for classes specifically about cooking pork. It's a 5-week series, held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays starting March 18 at the Friendship Trays facility near SouthEnd, 2401 Distribution St. Classes are $45 each or $200 for the series. Class size is limited and registration is required. Get information at

-- Fit City Challenge, the Mecklenburg County Health Department's weight-loss program, is starting its annual 12-week Lose Weight Donate program: For every pound you lose, Lowe's Foods will donate $1 for Second Harvest Food Bank. The challenge starts Thursday, but you can join any time before March 26. The person who loses the most wins a $500 gift certificate for USAirways. Get details at