The Northfork Local Food Grow Appalachia Garden Program jumped into March and April feet first!  Participants were able to welcome Spring with cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, collards, pea seeds, onion sets, seed potatoes, and fertilizer!  We were overjoyed to offer a community seed swap during our March meeting – THANK YOU to our member, Kendra Dixon, for donating a literal BOX filled with a variety of seeds!  Diane Whitehead, who initiated our community seed swap, provided cookies and apple cider (which was a welcome warm up on what ended up being a VERY cold day).

Our March meeting was also our first plant pick-up!  We gathered to ooo and aww over the beautiful plants from Rudolph’s Greenhouse!  Connie is our favorite green thumb, and the quality of her plants is undeniable – our Grow App folks are growing gorgeous food already!  As mentioned, the day was chilly, so Connie wore Kiristen’s jacket for a photo op!  It was a busy day, but, thankfully, Cyan was on deck to help organize and distribute plants for everyone!

As we moved into April, things just kept growing!  We welcomed Storey Slone of Grow Appalachia to share resources and information!  Folks were particularly interested in high tunnels – and Connie Sizemore was able to provide guidance on applying for those programs.  Connie is the Leslie County Conservation District representative and has been a vital part of our program.  She graciously allowed our program to store the two pallets of fertilizer on the NRCS site so participants could schedule pick-ups.  We have an amazing group of participants that are really a TEAM – all working together to make our program spectacular!  I am so thankful to be a part of such an exciting program!