In Hillsboro, WV we sit around 2,300 ft in elevation and at High Rocks we are at an even higher elevation. We currently grow in one 30 ft x 96 ft high tunnel in Hillsboro and are set to build another high tunnel of the same size at that same location. We also grow in
Lately at the Ruby Grow farm at High Rocks, we've been dealing with our fair share of downpours followed by unbearably sticky hot days. Prime weed growing weather. The Dog Days of summer have come and sometimes things on the farm just don't seem to be going right. Weeds are out of control, some
Having passed the Summer Solstice, our Local Foods Team has recently sat down and done some reflecting about the first half of our season. . In the whirl of the summer it can easy to be caught up in the work demanded by the garden, but I think it's a good time to step back
It’s that time of year again- between rain and high temps it seems everything is growing all at once in the garden, including the weeds. We’ve been very busy at High Rocks maintaining our crops, staying on top of the weeds, and prepping for market. That’s where it all feels worth it, getting to
Just last week here at High Rocks' Ruby Grow site, we planted tomatoes and peppers. But not all by ourselves, we had some help from kids that go to a nearby school. The kids have been coming by every Friday to learn about growing food and garden care. This is a new development for
Keeping Traditions Alive Here at High Rocks, we’ve been quite busy with the Berea Folk Arts and Culture Workshop Series the past few weeks. Our Local Foods team, with our paid high school ‘growers’, have been helping to facilitate this series which focuses on preserving and teaching about food traditions in Appalachian culture.
Breaking Ground Has everyone thawed out yet? This winter was quite the cold snap, but now that it’s March, I’m it won’t be long before we’re wishing for cooler weather! A new growing season is upon us, so it’s time to get out of the office, away from the production planning, and back
As Fall gets underway and our production continues to slow down, it’s important to give thought to our soil for next year. After all, that’s where it all begins for our veggies, right? An old farm mentor of mine once said “healthy soil grows healthy food, healthy food nourishes healthy people, and healthy people
Many Hands Make Light Work Sometimes work on the farm or your garden can seem overwhelming, with tasks piling on one another, especially near the end of a long, hot summer season. In times like this, it's always helpful to have a few extra hands around to make the workload a little lighter!
As we roll toward the months of fall, the time has come to begin canning. We held two Grow Appalachia Canning Workshop sessions on Tuesday, August 10. The first, at 2:30 pm was packed with eager, Grow Appalachia participants. Along with cucumbers, our gardens have been producing the sweetest, crispest beans at an extraordinary rate.