December at Pine Mountain- Pine Mountain, Kathleen Powers
The first official day of winter is December 21st, and up until the last few days that seemed to be holding true here at Pine Mountain. We have had several days in the 60’s these past few weeks and though the nights are cold, it really just hadn’t truly felt like winter until Wednesday when the rain finally turned to snow for a short bit (I may be biased seeing as I am a Minnesota native). Maggie and I went out to check the lettuce in both of our gardens on Monday, and despite numerous frosts and lots of rain the lettuce that has been covered with row covers is still alive, looking well, and tasty to boot.
In other news we have recently been in the process of deconstructing an old greenhouse in London to use for some of our Grow Appalachia participants in Harlan County. The greenhouse is a 25 X 60 foot high tunnel that was used at the old Mink’s Nursery. Because it is a large greenhouse we hope to separate it into several sections so that multiple families can have small greenhouses on their property to experiment with starting crops earlier in the season and growing throughout the winter. Had it not been for Wayne Riley, the Grow Appalachia coordinator for Laurel County African American Heritage Center, we would not have had this opportunity to get a relatively inexpensive greenhouse which will be a great asset to our program. Wayne not only let us know that the greenhouse was for sale, but he also helped us to deconstruct the entire frame and haul it back to Pine Mountain. After our first trip to check out the greenhouse Maggie and I talked about how great it was to be able to collaborate with other Grow Appalachia leaders and how much we would all benefit from knowing each other and communicating about our respective programs throughout the year. Hopefully sometime in the near future we can all get together and share the successes and challenges of Grow Appalachia!
I hope December is treating you all as well as it is us here at Pine Mountain
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