The snow has been flying and the mercury is dipping, but for gardeners it is a time of planning. A time to look back at past successes and failures in the garden.
Here in Scott County, we are gearing up and laying the ground work for a very productive year. We have been working with new participants to help plan their gardens, meeting new friends, and getting reacquainted with old friends.
This year our program has grown by leaps and bounds. We are excited for the new projects we have planned.
New Community and school gardens are on the horizon. A lot of focus will be put on educating our new gardeners and the children in our community, teaching them not only how to produce their own food, but to share with others what they learn and grow.
We have lots of hands-on workshops planned. We will be teaching new and young gardeners to not only grow, but to preserve their harvest. Our participants will be involved in canning bees, seed swaps, and Sr. community food production.
We will also be teaching seed-saving and sharing. We look forward to adding gardens to our local schools and day care centers. We will be reaching children who would otherwise never experience a garden. We are doing this in hopes of planting not only vegetable seeds, but a love of gardening and producing food in these young minds.
The excitement is building as we wait for the season to begin. Meanwhile, we are preparing our participants for their gardens by helping with garden plans and dreaming. We are urging each of our gardeners to be adventurous and to learn and create their own gardening traditions. We want them to learn to feed their families and help feed their neighbors. We want to build community bonds and HAVE FUN with it!
~Written by: Waynette Harness, TN Master Gardener