Welcome to the first blog post for Grow Appalachia Upper Ohio Valley 2021!
Phoebe here to bring you news from Marshall County, the bottom of the four WV Northern Panhandle counties.
While I am a native to the region who tells “outsiders” not to underestimate the culture and diversity within Appalachia, the unincorporated community of New Vrindaban was beyond my wildest expectations. Nestled in the rolling hills of Marshall County, WV, New Vrindaban is an ISKCON intentional community founded in the late 1960’s. Five of our families participating in the Grow Appalachia program live within the community. Each of these families have different needs and are located in different parts of the 1200 acres within the unincorporated area. There is a sense here of returning to the communal aspects of agrarian living.
The Seven Gates Reopen
In the former 7 Gates Garden, a young family is planning on tackling a 20×60 garden plot that has been out of commission for some time. This space was originally intended as a homestead. It was designed to have housing surrounding the fence and have 7 access gates to the garden.