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!

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,

Life’s Success

By |August 11th, 2017|Rural Resources|

Debbie Strickland here, saying hello from Rural Resources, in Greeneville, TN.  As I surfed facebook, I came across a post from one of our past teens that I want to share with you all today.  The young lady is Rhiannon Williams, but she was Rhiannon Campbell during her time at Rural Resources.  Here is a

Over the Mountain to Berea, here she comes!

By |July 11th, 2017|Rural Resources|

Produce is starting to come in, and preservation classes are beginning here at Rural Resources, in Greeneville, TN.  Debbie Strickland here, reporting in on our classes and activities, and on a future Berea student.  Gardens are beginning to produce food, and harvest numbers are beginning to come in for the teens.  With the anticipation of

Victory Gardens

By |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 |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,