Recently Red Bird Mission was given the chance to hire interns through a program called Prosper Appalachia. Young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 could apply for summer employment at the Mission in various departments. When asked how many interns I would like to employ, I jumped on the chance to have 6.
Our third harvest from this season's companion planting was a success. The sweet potatoes grew so big and plentiful this season. We've already begun meal planning to make sure everyone living at our shelter will enjoy the harvest -- roasting, baking, mashing, making soup. And delicious sweet potato pies, of course! The sweet potato beautifully represents
As the temperatures start to cool and preparations for the winter begin, this month has been one of transitions and testing on the farm. Weekly shares of our Flower CSA end this week. And it's been a wonderful season! We added a couple of new pickup partner locations and 101 members registered this year. That's
Wendell Berry wrote, "When despair for the world grows in me ... I come into the peace of wild things." Isn't this the truth? Our farm offers beauty, sustenance, and lots of life connections in the peace of the fields. This month we're sharing five reflections written by survivors participating in our farm stipend program.
We love companion planting for its practical benefits -- pest control, improved pollination, maximizing use of space. And we also appreciate the approach because of its connection to our mission of ending intimate partner abuse. Although many tried and true companion combinations exist, the "Three Sisters" of corn, beans, and squash are well known. Grown
June is the loveliest of months! The deep summer heat isn't yet relentless, a rain shower seems always to be around the corner, and the birds sing just a little louder. All this loveliness sure has kept us hopping this month, but we captured plenty of photos along the way! So, we thought we'd share our
A member of our Board of Directors recently made a generous memorial gift to our organization to support the purchase of a new greenhouse on the farm, and a second long-time supporter of our farm made a gift to help with construction costs for the structure! We're planning for a dedication ceremony soon, so we
By Carli Stuart Farm Intern at GreenHouse17 As spring finally arrives in Kentucky, the flowers at GreenHouse17 are in full bloom! We have begun filling wholesale florist orders with anemones and ranunculus, and it has us all so excited for the amazing season ahead. We have also begun seeding and planting several varieties of sunflowers,
By Carli Stuart, University of Kentucky Intern When I was first offered an internship at GreenHouse17, I was extremely intimidated. I had no experience working with victims of domestic violence, and I was worried that I would not be able to connect or help clients in a meaningful way. I wanted to branch out in
By GreenHouse17 October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our agency's goal during this year's special month was to engage the community in activities that support survivors. In addition to providing healthy food and nature-based healing, this is also a goal of our farm program. So, it only made sense to encourage the community to