It’s harvest season, and we’re finally getting to reap the benefits of the growing season together! We’ve had tomatoes coming out our ears, and the taste of fresh summer sweet corn is the best. This month is a marathon of cooking classes, canning classes, fall garden preparation and cover crop workshops, and potlucks! It’s good to share both food and knowledge together.
This week we have a new Americorps VISTA coming on board. Two, actually! Ashton Huxtable will be joining us from Tennessee to work directly with our Grow Appalachia program. She brings a background in nutrition and experience with farm-to-school programs, and we’re excited to welcome someone to our team with these added skills and expertise! Rebecka Fugate is also joining the Hindman Settlement School team, to focus specifically on supporting our market growers and expanding/managing the Knott County farmer’s market. Rebecka is from nearby in Emmalena, just down the road from the Settlement (and is one of our very own existing Grow Appalachia members!). We’re so excited to have dedicated hands working on our market! They join us this Friday, the 19th, and we anticipate them being fantastic additions and helping us serve our members better than ever.
As for the gardens, something new that’s been especially fun for us here has been growing our own garlic! We’ll definitely be doing this again next year. We used some of it to make a garlic-scape pesto with the Summer School program students, which they loved! The rest is drying/curing in Verna May Slone’s old cabin.
Our members have been sending us a few photos of harvests and gardens over the course of the season, and we want to include a few of those here. Our favorite caption? With a photo of bell peppers, “Growing organic does work!” Changing hearts and minds, folks!