From snowflakes to seedlings

By |March 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Here in the mountains of rural West Virginia we are still in the middle of a winter wonderland and garden planning seems like a pipe dream. Although the snowflakes keep falling we are excited to prepare for spring and the upcoming gardening season. My name is Alissa and I am new to the Grow Appalachia

Seedlings, logs, and ‘shrooms – Oh my!

By |March 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It is hard to believe last week we were wearing short sleeve shirts! Thankfully our spring seedlings are still safe and warm in the greenhouse. We have lots of spring starts including cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuces, onions, celery, and more! This year we will start onions from seed as well as supplement with onion slips. Our

Fall Time in Abingdon

By |November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Greetings from Appalachian Sustainable Development! Fall is a magical time here in Abingdon, Virginia. Honestly, fall is a pretty magical experience anywhere in the Appalachian Mountains. Delicious food traditions, like apple butter and fresh cider, to the deep orange and vibrant red mosaic of the hills, this time of year is a gift. For the

Exploring Our Roots with Leslie Schaller

By |October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

For the past 25 years, Community Food Initiatives has been an integral part of the local food economy. In celebrating this milestone for our organization, we are reconnecting with some of our past staff, and we will be sharing their stories over the next several months and “Exploring our Roots.” Leslie Schaller, currently the Director

Syrup-making as a winter activity

By |October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Back in December 2015, we offered a workshop on beginning maple-syrup production.  There were two families in our county already making maple syrup on a small scale, and there had been folks across the border in Letcher County doing that for years.  We had 30 people at the workshop, and several went home afterwards, ordered