Gardening the Next Generation
Felicia and Daniel Adkins decided to join the program this year so that they could also share the experience with their children. The kids have spent a lot of time working alongside their parents learning about plants and maintaining the garden. They even got to witness a rarity….the potato plants baring fruit. The girls are home schooled and this has been quite the hands on learning that the Adkins were looking for with Grow Appalachia.
Kassandra Spaulding, Crum, WV has a beautiful garden and has put up peaches, green beans and will have a bunch more to put up here soon. I enjoyed visiting with her and her family.
Adriene Spaulding, Wilsondale, WV has harvested and preserved food this summer for her family. She checked in with twenty-one quarts of canned corn, fifty quarts of potatoes, and 50 quarts of green beans. She has also given away 500 ears of corn and two bushels of green beans. She is very impressed with the garden this year and is looking forward to canning lots more including her tomatoes soon as they are a bit late this season. Her cornfield looked amazing!!!
Phyllis Brumfield and her son Benton were hard at it when I stopped in to visit with them last week. Benton gave me the grand garden tour and the best part of the visit I left with homemade strawberry pie! Benton is also a very active 4H member here in Wayne County.
Lori Mills, who also happens to be my sister, has been keeping us all updated on the garden daily by posting wonderful pictures of the gardens. She and I planted three garden spots this year but our potato garden didn’t do all that well so Lori dug the small harvest and planted those wonderful Ozark strawberries that Dawn Streets donated to the program. Lori’s peppers have produced an enormous bounty. She canned for the first time this summer and preserved the peppers. She also put up corn freezing 7 gallons.
Farm Box Program
The ACCESS WV Grow Wayne Farm Box Program has had an enormous response and we are ecstatic about the success. We are at the halfway point (week 9) for the season and here is the latest update:
16 Farms found outlets for their products in the midst of a global pandemic
280 Farm Boxes have been sold and donated to families across our region
$10,000 in revenue has stayed in our local community to circulate and have an even greater impact
This local foods movement has made all the difference in our community and we look forward to many more successes to share with you in the future!