Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program
By R.

Working in the garden this past week has been wonderful.  Even though yesterday was the first day of spring, the weather has been ‘interesting’ to say the least.  Temperatures dipped into the teens last night and we have some snow flurries today.  Unfortunately, this prevented us from doing some gardening that was previously planned. But, we still made some progress.  The two beautiful blocked- in rose bushes out front were freed and given a wonderful new home.  Weeds were taken out and new mulch was put down… a much needed new and improved spot!

Another day was spent watering the hoop house and the newly arrived trees that were planted.  Of course that would normally be a simple chore but not when I somehow got soaked in the thirty-something degree weather! Luckily, it all turned out great because I also got to learn how to make and can homemade raspberry jam! It turned out delicious and I even had extra to save for next year’s cold, snowy days. So, to sum up…. Even though the weather has been frightful, the garden (and jam) is simply delightful!  (22 March 2013)

This post is part of a series written by survivors of domestic violence who are participating in our farm stipend project.