2022 Grow Your Own Beginner Gardener Program Recruitment

By |February 9th, 2022|AmeriCorps VISTA, ASD|

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), is now recruiting participants for their 2022 Grow Your Own food access program. Experience is not necessary and residents of Buchanan, Tazewell and Washington counties in Virginia are encouraged to fill out the intake survey at: https://www.asdevelop.org/programs-resources/grow-your-own. Space is limited and applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 2/13/2022. For more information,

Appalachian Sustainable Development Welcomes New VISTAs

By |July 1st, 2021|AmeriCorps VISTA, ASD|

ASD welcomes four new VISTAs to our Agriculture Education and Groundwork programs! "Volunteers in Service to America" Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is an anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps

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

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

Adventures in Tilling

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

Adventures in Tilling I’m the kind of person who likes to learn to use new power tools and fancy machinery. I took both wood shop and electrical shop way back when and I was the only girl in classes like that. I’m generally pretty good at mastering new tools, but sometimes I get

Gardening as Self Care

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

Gardening as Self Care Everyone knows that gardening can provide your body with great health benefits from all the exercise and nutrition, but what you may not realize is how beneficial gardening can be to your mind. One of the ways the brain heals itself from stress is by entering a sort of

Eastern KY Farmer Conference 2019

By |March 8th, 2019|AmeriCorps VISTA, Hindman Settlement School|

Our participants had a great time learning about small-scale farming at the Eastern Kentucky Farmer Conference! The third annual Eastern Kentucky Farmer Conference was held on February 22 and 23 at the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Center in Jackson, KY. Five of our site’s Grow Appalachia participants received scholarships to attend. These participants want to

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