My name is Marlyn and I am the new assistant coordinator here at High Rocks in Hillsboro, WV for the 2016 Season. While this is a new position for me with High Rocks Grow Appalachia, I am not new to the program. Four years ago I was a beginner gardener in Grow Appalachia. I had never planted a garden in my life, much less knew how to keep any of it alive. But the time that I spent in my garden, starting seeds, watering, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting fused a deep connection to nature and to my food. Since my first garden, I’ve continued that journey – expanding into cooking from scratch, then preserving foods by fermentation, like kimchi and kraut, canning goods – like tomatoes and jalapenos. I think the most exciting and defining parts of my life over the past four years have been because I started a garden. I think that’s why I continue to be a part of Grow Appalachia. I want to be a part of helping others connect with gardening, food, and other nutrition related issues. I believe it is one of the most important journeys anyone can take on. I believe that food is medicine and it can heal a lot of physical and mental ailments. So the more good nutritious food people can have access to, the better!
Next week we have our first meeting with the 2016 gardeners! I am looking forward to meeting our new participants and talking to them about their gardens.