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!

Seasonal Smells

By |September 11th, 2018|Rural Resources|

Hello there!  It has been a while, but I still exist.  Debbie Strickland here in Greeneville, TN, kicking it up with Rural Resources!  My co-worker, Kathleen Lokey, has been keeping you all posted with our gardening program involving our at-risk teens.  She has come on board this growing season, and has been doing an amazing

Reaping and Sowing: Meet Cheyenne

By |August 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Our garden remains robust with tomatoes getting canned, delicious smelling basil, and.....our very first Asian Winged Beans! This was an experiment for us and I am excited to say that we have two whole beans so far. I have a close farmer friend who lives in Uganda. When I visited her in 2015 she had

Wait, what is kohlrabi?

By |April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Spring 2018 has brought continuous showers here at Rural Resources! Typically we welcome needed spring showers, however, this has been quite the wet spring so far! Perhaps we will become jealous of the rainy weather during the summer. Every dry day has been swept away by a feverish swarm of tilling, bed preparation, and planting. Instead of

Seedlings, logs, and ‘shrooms – Oh my!

By |March 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It is hard to believe last week we were wearing short sleeve shirts! Thankfully our spring seedlings are still safe and warm in the greenhouse. We have lots of spring starts including cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuces, onions, celery, and more! This year we will start onions from seed as well as supplement with onion slips. Our

Just having fun!

By |September 11th, 2017|Rural Resources|

Debbie Strickland saying "hi" from Rural Resources in East Tennessee!  Greeneville has been enjoying some fall temperatures this past week.  We have had enough cool fall like mornings that I have to stop and wonder what this winter will be like.  In talking with people who have lived here all their lives, and scouring Facebook,