Here in the mountains of rural West Virginia we are still in the middle of a winter wonderland and garden planning seems like a pipe dream. Although the snowflakes keep falling we are excited to prepare for spring and the upcoming gardening season.

My name is Alissa and I am new to the Grow Appalachia team this year. I’m excited for this new chapter and to be a part of such a wonderful community based organization. As a native of Pocahontas County I’ve always admired the surrounding natural beauty and resourcefulness of its residents. My family and I have a passion to strive for self sustainability by living off of the land and gardening plays a pivotal role in accomplishing that. I’m definitely not a professional when it comes to gardening so I’m inspired to learn and gain new skills. Our participants are equally interested and excited to start seeds and planning out their gardens. We have several new participants this year who are either just beginning or just want to expand on their knowledge. This community  is brimming with hard working people that regularly come together to ensure the success of our little ,yet vast, mountain valley. Our group has already begun starting seeds; broccoli, cauliflower, red and green cabbage so far. With plans to start parsley, rosemary, peppers and eggplant in the coming days. As Easter approaches we plan to start a variety of kale, Swiss chard and tomatoes.

So when winter finally decides to give it up we will be ready to roll up our sleeves and dig in!

Cant wait for Spring!