My name is David Cooke and I am the director of Grow Appalachia. I have not posted on the Grow Appalachia blog for quite a while, reasoning that the real stories of Grow Appalachia are…

Rockcastle County

Two exciting things happened at Appalachia--Science in the Public Interest in our Grow Appalachia program this past week.  First, there was a special meeting on Tuesday night to gather participants, talk gardening and follow up…

Hello everyone.  Last Friday, June 8, I made a few visits to some of our participants garden sites.  I have decide to show some of thes sites through photos that I took on Friday.  These…

Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival

Greetings from the Cowan Community Center!The shared stand.This past weekend in Whitesburg, a local media organization, Appalshop, hosted a festival called Seedtime which is devoted to celebrating Appalachian people and traditions.  Part of the festival…

Early Appalachian Childcare

Greetings from the Cowan Community Center!Last Monday, the Cowan Community Center planted the daycare center's garden with the help of ten enthusiastic daycare attendees.  With daycare workers, community center workers, and some more experienced gardeners…

Little Green Thumbs at High Rocks

This week youngsters got their hands dirty in the High Rocks community garden.  A the “Use Your Noodle” day camp, elementary school kids learned that gardening can be fun and healthy.  Planting peppers and tomatoes,…

Fun Times

This week we expanded our garden. We tilled up another 1600sq ft+ patch. It was super satisfying--no tiller problems, and I trained a participant on how to use the tiller. Slowly we are expanding the…