Hello again! This is David Cornette at Hindman Settlement School Grow Appalachia, and aren’t those peas looking pretty?

It’s been a busy and productive couple of weeks for us here, as I’m sure it’s been for you. A lot of ground to be broken and a lot of seeds to start! My favorite part of this program is driving to every edge of the county and meeting with our families; the people are nice, their dogs are excited, and more times than not someone tries to feed us!

Our Garden Planning Workshop had a great turnout. We enjoyed seeing everyone again and welcoming a few new faces to the mix.


We also bought a few sacks of seed potatoes and gave a few pounds to everyone who came to the workshop. We heard a lot of talk about planting potatoes under a few inches of straw, so we decided to give it a go! I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes!


One of our primary goals for our own garden plot here at the Settlement School is to coordinate our garden plans with the meals that we will provide to our Family Folk Week and Writer’s Workshop participants, which will both save us money and give our guests the satisfaction of knowing their food was grown right in the backyard. We bought some beautiful plants from a greenhouse in Letcher County (36 plants for 10 dollars!) and have transplanted the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli into our garden. Can’t wait to see what our kitchen staff can do with all this delicious food!