Home Grown for the Hungry

Things are moving fast at the Home Grown Garden. Volunteers have planted 60 tomato plants, 300 sweet potato slips, bell pepper, eggplant, and basil plants and corn, beans, and squash seeds. Our first produce donations of lettuce, mixed greens, and snow peas were made this past week to Manna and Beloved House. We are very grateful to Carolinas Irrigation Association who will be installing a pro bono irrigation system for us this week. The new system will eliminate our need to carry buckets of water from the creek that flows below the Garden.

There are still many seeds to get into the ground and more peas to harvest. Come feel God’s good earth in your hands and get a good feeling from knowing you are providing healthy food for the hungry. All produce at the Garden is grown organically. You don’t need to know how to garden; our experienced leaders will show you what to do. Bring drinking water and remember that there are no restrooms at the Garden. Join us any Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

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Home Grown Garden Update

Dear Volunteers,

The garden is growing nicely now that the rains have let up some and temperatures are getting a little warmer. We have been harvesting peas and lettuce for a couple weeks now. The tomato plants that Ann grew from seed are looking healthy and husky and are so awesome that they need to be contained in cages. The challenge it to build a an effective but cost-efficient system. We are open to your ideas – we have 60 tomato plants to trellis!

The sweet potato plants are in the ground but there are still seeds to be planted. There is always something that needs to be done and your hands and strong arms are always welcome.

Look for the Home Grown Garden on Facebook and like us!

Jane

 

Directions to the Home Grown Garden at Black Mountain Home

From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Highway 70. At the next traffic light turn left onto Whitson Ave and then right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

Reminder: There is no bathroom at the garden. Please bring your own drinking water. Wearing a hat and sunscreen is a good idea, too. We have tools but you might want to bring gloves.

Home Grown Garden!

Volunteers needed this Saturday!

If you haven’t been to the Home Grown Garden in a while, this is the Saturday to come. We need a lot of hands to plant 250 sweet potato “slips” between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. The field has been plowed, but we will need volunteers to create hills, plant the slips, and water them.

Last year we planted 500 slips in 2 hours with 17 volunteers so we know it can be done but we need your help. There will also be snow peas, lettuce, and greens ready to be picked. The weather forecast is calling for no rain and cool temperatures so it should be a great morning to do a great deed at the Garden. In the fall, the sweet potatoes will be donated to food pantries and organizations that feed the hungry.

Bring drinking water and remember that there are no bathrooms at the Garden. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook

Directions to the Home Grown Garden at Black Mountain Home

From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Highway 70. At the next traffic light turn left onto Whitson Ave and then right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

Jane Laping