As the main growing season starts to wind down, we at Appalachian Sustainable Development are keeping busy! We have been doing site visits whenever time allows and talking to some amazing gardeners. We are also working on our plan to grow the Grow Your Own program for next year!
We recently hosted a “Tomatoes and Tunes” event. We used tomatoes from our demonstration garden to show the difference in taste among varieties. People brought instruments and had a jam session right there in the garden. It was a really fun way to introduce some gardening basics and get people involved.
We also went to TriPride this past month! TriPride was an exciting event with over 13,000 attendees. We talked to a lot of people about our work in sustainability and helped some kids plant seeds in their personally decorated pots. We are working hard to reach audiences that are on the margins of agriculture in the region. This was a great way to connect and get the word out about our programs!
As a fairly new member of the SWVA/NETN community, these events are really empowering. Everyone loves to plant seeds in their own little pot to take home, and I meet amazing people every time we have events. It really goes to show that connecting with people is the way to go.