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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…

Time to pull the plants?

Time to pull the plants?
Tom here from Stone Soup. The attached picture was taken today.  It is a picture of a cucumber plant without powdery mildew, without bacterial wilt, and still producing on August 30th. One of the things…

Pigweed – The Spiny Kind

Pigweed – The Spiny Kind
Greetings from Park Place! Deni here -  at the Vance Garden, we're fighting mile high spiny amaranth or spiny pigweed.  This nasty weed is tricky to work with because of it's long, hurtful spines.  We've…

Farewell Old Friend

Farewell Old Friend
Tom Fields here with Stone Soup.   Squash casserole, sauteed squash, squash and onions, steamed squash, squash and corn, mashed squash, squash pancakes, diced squash, sliced squash, and pickled squash.  It seems we have found…

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,…

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins
Hello folks!  Tom Fields here with Stone Soup.  Thanks to the fine folks at Friendship Baptist Church in Jonesville, VA, many will soon be harvesting pumpkins from the community garden for the first time.  What…

Spicy Kale Chips

Spicy Kale Chips
Greetings from Park Place Over the past few weeks, Grow Your Own has been partnering with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, holding workshops once a week to promote healthy living.  Grow Your Own was asked to…

Beets in Buckets

Greetings from Park Place! On July 25th Devan Crabtree, my fellow summer VISTA, and I went up to the Vance Community Garden. It was a light work day as it was River's Way's last day…

Quick and easy pickled beets

Quick and easy pickled beets
Tom here from Stone Soup. Try this quick and easy recipe to preserve those beets. You can use large beets and slice or quarter them, small beets whole, or a combination. We like the small,…