Our Annual Reports

Check out our annual year-end updates on our work throughout the region.


Cultivating community wellness hubs, launching our beekeeping initiative, supporting families across central Appalachia in growing their own food through the second year of the pandemic, welcoming a new cohort into our beginning farmer series, and personalized production planning for producers.


Navigating food insecurity during a pandemic, launching a strategic plan, and preparing for an upcoming leadership transition.


Folk arts and culture with farmers markets, John Paul & Eloise DeJoria visit Berea, and our Berea Kids Eat Coordinator, Martina Leforce, receives the Rural Spirit Award.


Publishing the results of a 2 year evaluation of our Garden Grants program, updates from the field, and impact numbers.


Federal commercial kitchen grant awarded, a spotlight on women in the food movement, the Appalachian Food Summit, and intergenerational gardening.


Value added products from Garden partners, the heirloom bean project, our online literary journal Pollen is released, and reflections from the field.


5 years of food security programming, our 2014 partnerships, looking ahead, and updates on our high tunnels.


Impact numbers, our approach to gardening, the full list of partners, and our geographic expansion over the last 4 years.



September 26th, 2023|0 Comments

In September, Backyard Gardener Colleen volunteered to write a blog post about the loofah plants she'd been telling us about all season. Colleen has her own homemade soap and natural products business, and I

A Change is Coming

September 22nd, 2023|0 Comments

  With the days becoming shorter, we are starting to reflect on the abundance of food our gardens have produced over the growing season and what the future holds for when the temperatures begin to

lesson’s learned

September 20th, 2023|0 Comments

This month we did our finally pot luck get together. Everyone had a blast visiting with one another and sharing some good food and stories. At the end of the dinner we gave out supplies

Canning time in Lee County

September 19th, 2023|0 Comments

Recently in the Grow Sustainab-LEE program, we went over heart healthy cooking and food preservation in our classes.  Andrea Haubner, the Family and Consumer Sciences agent at the Lee County, Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, taught

Production Extension with David!

September 19th, 2023|0 Comments

As our summer season winds down there is always a sense of sadness that the joy and peace found in the garden are slipping away with the shortening days...BUT NO MORE!!!  The beloved David Cooke