Grow Your Own empowers families to grow their own fresh, healthy food in home gardens. Some families share food with neighbors, while others freeze or can it for winter months.  Others supplement their income by selling their excess veggies at market with hopes of becoming market gardeners. We provide training, technical support, seeds, plants, tools and tilling services if needed. Since 2012, families of the program have grown more than 60,000 pounds of food. We’re proud to be 1 of over 30 sites funded by Grow Appalachia! Thanks Grow Appalachia! Click the image below to learn more about Grow Appalachia.

 

 

 

The program is full this season, however, we want to help as many Appalachians as possible grow their own food, so we’ve opened our workshops to the public. 

Grow Your Own 2017 Workshop Schedule

Registered participants will receive plants, tools, and seeds. If you’re not registered, please DON’T take anything with you from the workshops. 

Workshops are held at Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Teaching Garden located beside Faith in Action Food Pantry located at 798 Hillman Hwy in Abingdon, VA (unless stated otherwise). This year we are partnering with VA Cooperative Extension to provide nutrition education and culinary training (Separate Schedule).

Every workshop has two dates—Monday evenings at 5:00PM and Thursday mornings at 10AM.

  • Come to the one that works best with your schedule! Come to both if you need more help.
  • Each workshop will host a walk around the ASD Teaching Garden located at Faith in Action in Abingdon, VA.
  • Great time to ask questions and see first-hand what crops, weeds, and insects look like.
  • Make sure to bring your garden manual to every workshop! We’ll refer to pictures & pages. If you’d like an e-copy, email Michelle at mmorgan@asdevelop.org and she will send you one.
  • Bring your harvest records to each workshop for collection.
  • Each workshop is designed to offer you something to take home to plant. Make sure you have space to plant.

 

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Seed Starting and Transplanting Techniques: Greens, Peas & Root Crops

Monday, April 3 @ 5PM & Thursday, April 6 @ 10AM

*These classes will demonstrate hands on techniques of planting. Come prepared to help and learn in the garden.

  • Discussing proper care of greens, peas, and root seeds
  • Transplanting Techniques – keeping your small plants alive
  • Distribution of row cover for early spring crops
  • Planting & watering basics
  • Caring for plants in seed trays

Brassicas, Onions & Potatoes

Monday, April 17 @ 5PM & Thursday, April 20 @ 10AM

*These classes will demonstrate hands on techniques of planting. Come prepared to help and learn in the garden.

  • Review Transplanting Techniques – keeping your small plants alive – Planting demonstration
  • Spacing your plants for healthy growth
  • Identifying garden pests and encouraging beneficial insects
  • Demonstration of spraying techniques for Cabbage Moth and Potato Beetles
  • Identifying Weeds and using Mulch to suppress weeds
  • How to properly harvest and wash your produce

Spotlight on Tomatoes and Peppers

Monday, May 8 @ 5PM & Thursday, May 11 @ 10AM

*These classes will demonstrate hands on techniques of planting. Come prepared to help and learn in the garden.

  • Discussion on how to properly plant and care for Tomatoes and Peppers; proper spacing and mulching
  • Trellising techniques – keeping tomatoes and peppers off the ground
  • Tomato pruning 101
  • Demonstration of tomato sprays for blight

It’s Safe to Plant the Summer Crops

Monday, May 15 @ 5PM & Thursday, May 18 @ 10AM

*These classes will demonstrate hands on techniques of planting. Come prepared to help and learn in the garden.

  • Discussion on how to plant and care for Cucurbits (squash, cucumber and zucchini) and Beans.
  • Overview of pests and distribution of sprays used to reduce damage
  • Compost and Fertility; keeping plants healthy – Making Compost Tea for success
  • Demonstration on how to properly harvest and wash your produce
  • Summer time cover cropping with Buckwheat

Onion and Garlic Harvest; Planning for Fall Crops and Season Extension

 

Monday, June 26 @ 5PM & Thursday, June 29 @ 10AM

 

  • Garden mapping for the fall crops incorporating crop rotation
  • Seed saving – How and Why
  • Onion and Garlic harvest & storage (for 2nd-3rd year participants)
  • Time to sow Fall Peas!
  • Distribute pea seed
  • Mid-Year Evaluation – how are we doing so far?

Seed Saving, Fall Planting and Cover Crops

 

Monday, August 14 @ 5PM & Thursday, August 17 @ 10AM

 

  • Discussion and Hands on Methods of collecting and preparing seeds for saving
  • Distribution of fall brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, kale)
  • Distribution of fall lettuce seedlings
  • Distribution of fall seeds: carrots, turnips, beets, radish
  • Discussion of Cover Cropping; benefits of seeding crops to protect soil during the winter months
  • Distribution of Cover Crop Seeds

Garlic Planting and Season Extension Techniques and Tools

 

Monday, October 16 @ 5PM & Thursday, October 19 @ 10AM

 

  • Discussion of how to plant and protect garlic.
  • Distribution of garlic seed.
  • Methods of Season Extension – Using row covers and cold frames
  • Late cover crops
  • End of the Year survey

Email the Grow Your Own Program Coordinator