Organic Gardening is catching on…

By |May 9th, 2022|Henderson Settlement|

We had a great workshop today! More than 20 people were in attendance for our Organic Gardening Workshop. Our brand spanking new Bell County Extension Agent, Aaron Redmond, was our instructor. The handouts he worked from were clear and concise. He did a wonderful job answering questions. Previously most of our gardeners didn't care

Playing Catch-up and Making New Friends

By |May 8th, 2022|Community Matters|

After weeks of unpredictable temperatures and precipitation, our late-April weather finally decided to be a bit more cooperative! We've spent these last few weeks playing catch-up and filling our schedule with volunteer days, workdays, and workshops. We hosted a series of small group workdays so that our neighbors could work on garden plans together,

By |May 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Changing seasons and changing lives... As I write this in early May I can hear a soft rain hitting the porch roof. I know this is a welcome sound for the farmers in the Bullskin Creek Grow Appalachia program. We’ve had a pretty good spring so far – not too wet, not too

Material Distribution Day!

By |May 5th, 2022|Build It Up East TN|

Material Distribution Day! Whew! What a busy first week of May! We started the week off with our biggest material distribution of the year. Due to some things being backordered and coming in late, we weren't bale to do our normal mid April pick up and instead had to wait until May. This distribution included

“Seeds, Plants and Hoes”

By |May 4th, 2022|Scott County|

April 21 was The “Organic Gardening” class. Instructors topics were: Techniques, Pros and Cons, Mulching and Composting/Composting Barrells. We had another full house, including some young ones. Participants have received plants, potato seed, corn, green beans and hoes! We hope everyone has their plants and seeds in the ground. With a blessing of abundance to

New Beginnings All Around

By |May 4th, 2022|ASD|

Having recently moved to a climate zone several degrees warmer than my home state, I have been appreciating the spring in SW Virginia and NE Tennessee and sharing that joy with our participants this year at Appalachian Sustainable Development. The sun is warm, the trees are blooming, and we are getting our cool season

April beginning with St. Vincent Mission

By |April 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|

The fourth month of the 2022 garden program is right around the corner at St. Vincent Mission! We have monthly meetings with participant aid, tilling jobs, fertilization of new gardens, and a class discussing the “how’s” and “why’s” of garden maintenance. At this month’s meeting, participants were presented with plants, seeds, and greenhouse vouchers. Some

Bamboo bad, BUT…

By |April 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|

It's interesting how badly you can hate a particular invasive species and yet still acknowledge its utility.  Such is the case with bamboo.  Bamboo can be categorized as clumping or running.  The clumping bamboos don't spread as widely, but they aren't very cold-tolerant and often can't survive our winters.  The running bamboos are another story


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