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Quantitative vs. Qualitative

Quantitative vs. Qualitative
This has been an fruitful year for the Grow Your Own program; as our workshops and our garden take permanent shape, we analyze what has worked and what needs to be trashed.  There is no doubt…

Harder Soil, Harsher Climates

Harder Soil, Harsher Climates
In recent weeks I have noticed that the soil in one of our fields has become increasingly stiff, making it near impossible to plant.  Our newly planted spinach seedlings have had difficulty rooting in these…

Why Grow Your Own?

Why Grow Your Own?
This is an excerpt for an article I wrote in the Bristol-Harold Courier, explaining the benefits of growing your own produce... There are a number of reasons why families choose to buy local – supporting…

Garden Makeover

Garden Makeover
As many of you know, Grow Your Own hosts a demonstration garden at the Abingdon, VA Faith in Action food pantry.  Up until recently, it has been difficult to maintain a clean and attractive aesthetic,…

Healthy Living Initiative

Healthy Living Initiative
My fellow Appalachians, This past Thursday, Grow Your Own was able to participate in our final workshop partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and were able to show off the great work we are doing.…

Fuel for Adventure Workshop

Fuel for Adventure Workshop
Good morning my fellow Appalachians, Recently, my friend, and fellow VISTA, Brady Adcock, contacted me about participating with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) for a healthy food initiative.  The project consists of four workshops, promoting…

Fall crops, already?

Fall crops, already?
I am astounded at how fast this year is whizzing by, planting summer lettuce and seeding fall brassicas already.  Yesterday we had our first workshop in a month, and we had a few new participants…

Harvesting by the tons

Harvesting by the tons
I would just like to point out that our participants are astounding and super dedicated; many of them work multiple jobs and have children to take care of and they somehow manage to still take…