About Casey Smith

Casey is originally from NW Ohio. She has been coming to the Settlement with a mission team since 2002. In 2016 she moved to Henderson Settlement to work and volunteer. Managing the Greenhouse Operations, as a volunteer, is her passion. Casey's goal is to get the GH Operation up and running in such a way that it will be able to function year around. Also for it to generate enough income to hire a paid staff. The bonus to all this is to be able to assist the Grow Appalachia program. Check out www.hendersonsettlement.com

Great Gardens!

By |July 6th, 2021|Henderson Settlement|

A few pictures from one of our multi-generational gardens. Four generations are now tending garden together. Grandpa, his kids, his grandkids, and his great grandkids are working and sharing the rewards of their garden. This warms my heart. The garden pictured is primarily the grandkids garden but everyone shares not only produce but experiences.

And Then…

By |June 4th, 2021|Henderson Settlement|

"Best Job Ever" is my response when asked how I feel about our Grow Appalachia/Berea program. Serving our gardeners is very rewarding. We really enjoy seeing the appreciation they have for what is being done for them. While our fearless leader, Tim, was temporarily assigned elsewhere, for 2 weeks in May, we got all

The Excitement Builds

By |May 10th, 2021|Henderson Settlement|

Our early distribution of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onion sets and seed potatoes went extremely well. We were able to chat with people and catch up on the latest news. We also handed out materials from our county extension office and answered a lot of questions. Everyone was excited and looking forward to this years garden

On Our Mark, Get Set, WHOA!

By |April 5th, 2021|Henderson Settlement|

We were ahead for a moment, then we were neck and neck, then ahead again, and then full stop. Whoa. We were able to order our tools and found canners early on, no scrambling at the last minute this year. We were so excited. Food dehydrators became an issue though, but just in the nick

As We Come to an End…

By |October 3rd, 2020|Henderson Settlement|

…we enjoy the cooler days and maybe not so much the even cooler nights. We work on finishing out this year's garden season. Turning our harvests into sustenance for the winter months consumes a great deal of our time and effort, like gardening, is ultimately worth it. Canning, freezing and dehydrating are the most

This is what it is all about…

By |September 3rd, 2020|Henderson Settlement|

The harvest is the reward for the labor you invested in your garden. As we are gathering the harvest reports and adding up the numbers. We are hearing the triumph in the voices of those who worked their gardens into a bountiful harvest this year.  So many of our participants are starting from lawns,

A Garden is a Garden, Right?

By |August 3rd, 2020|Henderson Settlement|

Hello! We are here to look at your garden. We have said this greeting numerous times in the past few weeks. Garden visits are one of my favorite parts of Grow Appalachia. I am amazed and sometimes amused at the different ways people plant their gardens. No two gardens are alike, just as varied

Now More than Ever

By |July 3rd, 2020|Henderson Settlement|

Despite the challenges and downright difficulties we have faced we are doing great! Our gardeners are all set, at the moment. We will be starting garden visits soon. I enjoy these visits because the gardeners are so excited to tell us about the good (and the not so good,) stories of their journey. We have

As the World Turns

By |June 3rd, 2020|Henderson Settlement|

We hear the news of how the world struggles. It is pulled one way and another by what ever current issue is taking the headlines. We feel for these issues and are concerned for the people of the world. Here in our small part of the world we seem very calm compared to what we

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