Despite Mr. Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction, March is going out as a roaring lion this year. With another snowstorm closing in on the mountaintops of Pocahontas County, WV, I can’t help but remember the hundreds of seeds promising new
life that arrived on our doorstep just short couple of weeks ago.
Upon arrival, we assembled envelopes, tape and a black marker to begin dividing seeds among our Grow Appalachia participants. Chinese cabbage, rainbow carrots, arugula and tomatoes were just a few of the vegetable
varieties that our participants ordered.
While dividing the seeds, we also began starting seedlings for our participants. We grabbed over ten varieties of green peppers and a dozen more varieties of tomatoes and began planting into several trays. As a new gardener, this was my first time planting seeds and it was definitely my favorite part. As I held the little seeds in the palm of my hand, I realized that these little seeds would eventually grow into fresh local vegetables to feed families and communities. So, as the winter melts away and the seasons change, I look forward to growing together with our families and communities towards a healthier future.