Floyd County Grow Appalachia inches closer to growing season

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – The Floyd County Grow Appalachia program held its second meeting on Friday, March 17 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).

Chris Steele, a former Grow Appalachia participant who oversees the Floyd County Farmer’s Market, spoke to participants about her positive experience with the program and the need for additional growers to join the Farmer’s Market.

Students from the human services program at BSCTC helped facilitate the meeting. They prepared an Irish Stew and made a salad with greens provided by 4-Pedal Farm in Banner, Ky. and John and Cathy Rehmeyer.

Tammy Ball, the Floyd County Grow Appalachia coordinator, met individually with participants to discuss results of soil test, scheduling of tilling and a plan of action for the upcoming growing season.

“I want to thank the University of Kentucky Extension Office for their assistance in helping us with the soil test,” she said. “This is truly a community effort, and anytime I have a question or need, our extension offices are always there to help.”

Grow Appalachia, which is funded by John Paul DeJoria, seeks both to educate communities and to learn from communities and works to preserve the past, build hope for the future, and empower Appalachians to live healthy, productive lives.

Through the Grow Appalachia program, Ball can provide seeds, fertilizer, soil amendments and supplies to help participants grow a successful organic garden.

Families can still sign up for the Grow Appalachia program. For more information, contact Ball at (606) 369-2057 or email tammy@stvincentmission.org.

Photo: Students from the Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Human Services program helped coordinate a meeting of the Floyd County Grow Appalachia program on Friday, March 17 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Shown are: Ladonna Griffey, Janiel Franklin, Sydney Randall, Tammy Ball, Floyd County Grow Appalachia coordinator, and Destiny Showalter.

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