April Showers bring May Gardens. Now that the sun is starting to hang out with us longer, the ground is warming up. Spring showers are coming and going. The seeds are becoming very happy. All of our participant’s gardens throughout the county have popped up and making all our hard work pay off. They have
A New Journey Good morning, all, As I embrace this new journey in Grow Appalachia, I'm excited to watch the process of my gardener’s crops grow along with me in the program. A little history about myself I have a big heart for animals and helping animals that don’t get a fair chance
Spring! I can smell it! Spring is in the air! We’re enjoying a few 75º+ days lately and Daylight Savings Time is right ar Just a glimpse of the Shepherd families cover crop growing beautifully! ound the corner. I think everyone is ready to get our hands (and toes) in the soil.
We've come to the close of a Beautiful Season! The year ended with our gardeners collecting over 32,975+ pounds of fresh produce that they either ate, sold, preserved, or gave to friends and family. We had 3 new families sell produce at the farmers market and become what we call Market Gardeners! One previous
The Days Go By Slowly, but the Years Go By Fast. When people say time flies, believe them. The older I get the more I realize that time really does fly by. We're already at the end of our garden season and it's October of 2021. Harvest time is here and we're bringing in
GRADUATION DAY! Months ago I joked about Graduation Day not being in May for the Gardener. Well, its finally here in September for our bunch. They've planted, grown, tended, and now harvested tons of great fruits and vegetables and for most it's time to rest for the winter. Some will plant fall crops
We're finding the gardens are BURSTING with ABUNDANCE in JULY & AUGUST! In past years, folks are saying they had one or two crops produce like crazy, but this year all of them are over producing and they're canning as much as they have jars for. Jars can be found, but not as abundantly
Every spring we hold graduations, but is spring a time for endings or new beginnings? Graduation or Renewal? Every spring we hold graduations for people who are finishing up their years of schooling, but spring is also a time of new beginnings. As gardeners, we plant young plants into the soil and allow
Independence from Food Insecurity Some look at independence as not having to rely on anyone or anything. In Appalachia, that includes our food. We've become a generation of families relying on big box stores and grocery chains for our nutrition and sustenance. Our youngest generation hardly knows where their food comes from anymore.
We're getting into some serious gardening, finally! We've had a slow start to the season with spring rains, frosts, snows, and flooding, but we're finally moving forward. Folks are anxious to get their hands into the dirt now and plant those seeds, but we're still cautioning them to wait. The soil needs to be warm