About debbiestrickland

I am from a farming community in Indiana where my family farmed over 200 acres. As a teen, my family moved to Florida where I became heavily involved in 4-H and developed a love for service and passing knowledge onto others. I graduated and began working at the local girls club while attending college for a Business/Administration degree. I realized that teaching youth was my passion and stayed at the girls club for 12 years before moving to East Tennessee. In East Tennessee I was able to reconnect with my farming roots and began a home garden. In growing, I tapped further into my roots and began canning and freezing food for my family. Really enjoying putting to use all the long hours working on the farm in my youth and realizing how important that was for me to learn, I wanted to get back into teaching youth again! Skimming help wanted adds, led me to Rural Resources who was looking for a coordinator to run their Farm and Food Teen Training Program. All my loves in one - youth at-risk, farming, gardening, cooking, and business planning! What a wonderful life to share my passions with others, play on the farm, enjoy local home cooked food, and advance these youth to a better future! Here I have been for 6 beautiful, happy, and productive years!

Victory Gardens

By | 2017-05-11T11:56:11+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Rural Resources|

Hello from Debbie Strickland in beautiful Greeneville, TN!  Taylor Boles, our Garden and Grazing manager who is an AmeriCorps member, is writing to you today from Rural Resources' world.  Please enjoy her writings: Greetings from May! Here at Rural Resources we are as busy as soldier bees! We have several events coming up including our

What Dreams May Come

By | 2017-04-11T13:00:48+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Rural Resources|

Rural Resources is alive and well, in Greeneville, TN!  Hello there, Debbie Strickland here, reporting in.  We are in full gear to put gardens into our homes of our at-risk teens.  We have been building beds, hauling dirt, hauling more dirt, and hauling yet more dirt, tilling, having classes, touring greenhouses and a local college,

Feelings of Thanksgiving and Heartaches!

By | 2016-12-01T22:17:17+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Rural Resources|

The difficulty of feeling thankful and blessed when such a tragedy has hit our mountain home in East Tennessee.  Debbie here from Rural Resources in Greeneville, TN.  Last time I reported about playing hide and seek with Mr. Rain.  We ran into him briefly a week ago, right before our smokers started running for Thanksgiving.