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Winter Preparations for Self-Sufficiency

Simple Living: Reducing Consumption while increasing Self-Sufficiency. This is the definition you will see on our ASPI website homepage. Sometimes it seems an overwhelming (or even worse, distasteful) task. Most everyone - even with one…

Drying Herbs

It seems like we’ve had quite a bit of success growing herbs this year. We have a variety of herbs and tons of basil and dill. There have been days at the farmers market when…

Baking for the Farmers Market

Baking for the Farmers Market
ASPI has been selling at the Mt. Vernon farmers market for the past month and a half. The market has been a little slow for us this year, but we recently started utilizing our home-based…

Brussels Sprouts

The small little balls looked ready to harvest. Our community garden manager, high school intern, and I looked at them for about a week. "I've never grown Brussels sprouts before," we confessed to one another.…

Last Day with Intern

Last week our high school intern finished up his intern program. He spent the week working in his community garden plot and selling at the farmers market. On his last day we had a celebration…

There’s Garlic and Potatoes

At ASPI we dream about big things from small-ish movements. While it is no little thing to grow food for your family, it is not feeding the world. It contributes to feeding the world, and,…

Harvesting Corn with Family

Harvesting Corn with Family
When I’m not working in the ASPI garden and Mt. Vernon community garden I’ve visited my grandparents several weekends this summer. I like to visit them but also help in their garden. They always have…

Rockcastle County Farmers Market

Our farmers market starts tomorrow so today is our last day to get ready. I'm ready for the great tasting locally home grown veggies but not sure where to start ot get prepared. I have…

Radishes!

I’m so excited to harvest something that I planted this year. I started at ASPI at the beginning of June so not much of what I actually planted is ready to harvest. I’ve never even…

In Search of Nitrogen

Most of the plants seem to be growing pretty slowly in the community garden.  The tomato and pepper transplants that I planted a couple weeks ago have hardly changed at all and what we planted…