By: Hannah Bingham
On Thursday May 29th, Stinking Creek residents participated in a work day at the Dewitt Community Garden. After a short meeting at the Lend-A-Hand Center for the Grow Appalachia participants, we moved down the road to do some much needed work in the community garden. The workers took turns using the tiller to till between the rows that were already planted, and also to till fresh patches to plant more. The remainder of the garden was planted this evening, including the eight raised beds. The participants planted a wide variety of plants in the garden and the raised beds. The tilled patch was finished off with five rows of beans, which consisted of two different types: the Tennessee Tick Bean and the Rattlesnake Bean. One raised bed was filled with sweet potatoes, another with tomatoes. The other beds were each filled with a variety of plants including: peppers, eggplants, okra, zucchini, squash, carrots, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, and onions. Participants proudly hung the banner for the newly planted Dewitt Community Garden. The night was finished off by watering the freshly planted garden while participants had conversations that lasted far into the evening. It was evident that the work day not only benefited the garden, but also the relationships among the community members that helped out.