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Come on Down to our Party

Need to get out and enjoy some sunshine? For lack of a word the encompasses what we are doing, we'll call it a party. Tomorrow, at the ASPI Rockcastle River Demonstration Site (5 miles south…

Reflections on the Market

The Mt. Vernon Farmers Market wrapped up its season a couple weeks ago. I spent nearly every Tuesday and Thursday at the market for over two months; so I spent a lot of time at…

Volunteers at the Nature Center

ASPI is very grateful to have had help from the Appalachian Challenge Academy. There were a few groups from the Challenge Academy and they each spent a day volunteering at our Nature Center by the…

Preparing for Fall

Now that summer is almost over, we've been working on getting our gardens ready for fall and winter. As plants are finished producing in the community garden we've been cleaning out the plots and sowing…

Farm to School Event

Last week ASPI set up a table at the Farm to School event at Jackson County High School. The event brought in students from surrounding elementary and middle schools. Various organizations had tables set up…

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…