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
Plant distribution day is a great time to meet everyone One on One. We had 3 varieties of Cabbage, 2 varieties of both Broccoli/Cauliflower, and 40 50lb bags of seed potatoes. I forgot to mention Onion sets, both White and Yellow. Lots of good
As we patiently await the outcome of our proposal for 2022, we reflect back on this year as it has seemingly flown by again. Our journey started with 44 gardeners and only had 1 that did not participate. We felt she had a really good reason since she fell and broke her knee caps.
Previously a good share of our gardeners would be done with their gardens by now, but this year their gardens are not done with them yet. The August harvest reports turned in have shown great results. The canners, dehydrator, and vacuum sealers, that were provided by the Grow Program, are getting a workout. It
A few pictures from one of our multi-generational gardens. Four generations are now tending garden together. Grandpa, his kids, his grandkids, and his great grandkids are working and sharing the rewards of their garden. This warms my heart. The garden pictured is primarily the grandkids garden but everyone shares not only produce but experiences.
"Best Job Ever" is my response when asked how I feel about our Grow Appalachia/Berea program. Serving our gardeners is very rewarding. We really enjoy seeing the appreciation they have for what is being done for them. While our fearless leader, Tim, was temporarily assigned elsewhere, for 2 weeks in May, we got all
Our early distribution of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onion sets and seed potatoes went extremely well. We were able to chat with people and catch up on the latest news. We also handed out materials from our county extension office and answered a lot of questions. Everyone was excited and looking forward to this years garden
We were ahead for a moment, then we were neck and neck, then ahead again, and then full stop. Whoa. We were able to order our tools and found canners early on, no scrambling at the last minute this year. We were so excited. Food dehydrators became an issue though, but just in the nick
It has been so busy here that it seems like we just barely finished up 2020 and here we are plunging into our 2021 season. Our parent facility, Henderson Settlement, like a lot of places has had to reduce staffing to make ends meet. That means those of us that are left have to wear