On March 10, we had our annual apple grafting workshop, which was the most successful one we’ve ever had, thanks to our partnership with Southwest Virginia Museum. This isn’t exclusively for Grow Appalachia, but several of the GA families always take part. We had over a dozen apple varieties this year, thanks to Mullins Orchard. (At one time, Wise County was the third largest apple producing county in Virginia, but Mullins Orchard is the last one standing.)
Moving forward from here, we’re going to be forced to offer the Garden Planting workshop via Zoom webconferencing, but hopefully we can get together again in May. The silver lining is that I’ve finally learned how to navigate my way through Zoom, a skill that can have other applications once the virus precautions have been fulfilled.
We’ve hired a technician, Rick Colley, who will be able to help with plowing and supply pick-up through early June. And we’ll be doing (Zoom) interviews next week for our summer intern.
All things considered, it’s been a good start.