Week One:  It was not “business as usual” for the fifth and ninth graders at Red Bird Mission School.  For them, it was pulling weeds and preparing the raised beds for late summer planting.  Mrs. Smallwood’s students partnered up to students in Ms. Gordon’s class for our new Grow Appalachia Club at Red Bird Mission School.  Weeds were flying.  Dirt was flying (on my head incidentally) and all were getting their hands dirty with the nature that the Lord has created. 
Week Two: Karen Dial, Grow Appalachia Coordinator, brought a sack full of a variety of seeds for planting.  The students planted cabbage, beans, peas, beets, lettuce, carrots, squash and onions.  They wanted to plant corn, but Karen told them it was a bit late for that. 
The students showed an interest in planting experimental vegetables after this harvest, such as tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic.  Did you know that garlic is in the daffodil family? I just learned that and thought I’d throw that in. We are looking forward to our Friday meetings and keeping updated on the garden.  This week we will be learning gardening terminology.
Pictures are forthcoming.  It is so fun working with eager youth.  What a blessing.  God bless you all and Happy Planting!
Karen Dial-Red Bird Mission