About Chelsea Goulding

Chelsea lives in the outskirts of Washington County, Virginia, on a small plot with a backyard brimming with food. Familiar with both home and market gardens, she has managed multiple farms and greenhouses. Chelsea holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Horticulture from Virginia Tech.

When Did I Last…?

By |June 1st, 2020|ASD|

When Did I Last….? Anyone who knows me even a little knows of my obsession with planners, calendars, all things date-oriented, not to mention my strict adherence to lists. However, when it came to my gardening, my record-keeping was spotty to use the kindest term possible. I would write things on slips of

SNAP Into Victory Gardening

By |May 1st, 2020|ASD|

SNAP into Victory Gardening Everyone keeps talking about Victory Gardens, but how do you get started? Even if you have never had a garden before that’s alright, Appalachian Sustainable Development has your back, we are creating a blog series to walk you through your Victory Garden step by step. In our first Victory

Bringing Back Victory Gardens

By |April 1st, 2020|AmeriCorps VISTA, ASD|

Bringing Back Victory Gardens History has shown that in dark times people come together to support one another and through trials, our communal strength often rises above what we are confronted with.  A prime example of communities banding together in times of trouble is through gardening for food production.  During the hardships of

Asparagus as an Investment

By |March 1st, 2020|ASD|

Asparagus as an Investment Asparagus is undeniably one of the most anticipated crops at the farmers’ market. Bundles sell out early, usually purchased by giddy customers that show up well before the market opens. In the home garden, however, this same giddy anticipation can jeopardize future harvests. With years of waiting ahead, beginning

Managing for Consistent Yield in Fruit Trees

By |November 1st, 2019|ASD|

Managing for Consistent Yield in Fruit Trees The hills of Appalachia are dotted with old homesteads and forgotten orchards, fruit trees left to grow wild. Without management, these old orchards often carry inconsistent yields from year to year. While partially a factor of old age, trees fall into the habit of bearing fruit

The Trick to Growing Carrots

By |October 1st, 2019|ASD|

The Trick to Growing Carrots Carrots are in the Umbelliferae family, meaning they’re related to celery, dill, and parsley. They were first cultivated as medicine, not food, 5,000 years ago. Though they are hardy biennials, most growers treat them as annuals for root crop production. Carrots are categorized into groups by root length

Community-supported agriculture as a scalable marketing model

By |September 1st, 2019|ASD|

Community-supported agriculture as a scalable marketing model Enthusiastic home gardeners often find themselves producing far more than they need for themselves. In an effort to try out interesting new varieties of a diverse range of crops, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with more produce than one family can handle. With some planning, productive

Grow Your Own

By |July 1st, 2019|AmeriCorps VISTA, ASD|

Grow Your Own When I was a kid, I helped my grandfather harvest his garden on the weekends. I always knew where in my neighborhood the apple trees were so when I needed a snack, I didn’t have to come in from playing. I once tried planting sweet potatoes in the backyard, but

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