Home Grown Garden: help us feed our neighbors!

Ann, Sandy and Jane got a lot accomplished despite a misty drizzle. They harvested a nice load of carrots and beets and thinned them so that the remaining plants would have more room to grow. They didn’t plant any seeds because the soil was so wet, but they did tie up two rows of tomato plants and remove infected leaves from the bottom of the plants. The 11 pound harvest of carrots and beets was donated to Manna Food Bank.

The tomato plants are setting fruit although it doesn’t look like it will be a bumper crop. The beans are battling beetles and the eggplant appear to have lost the fight. The sweet potatoes and squash are looking good.  Please join us this Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am to harvest, hoe, and provide hope for the Home and the hungry. Bring plastic grocery bags for the harvest – we need them!

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.

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Home Grown Garden

Four courageous women braved a cloudy morning at the Home Grown Garden last Saturday. Mila, Ann, Martha and Faye got a lot accomplished before a brief shower passed quickly through at 11:00.  They harvested the last  of the cold weather crops (lettuce, kale, and peas) and then planted a large  variety of cucumbers and a second plantings of radishes and zucchini.  Since it still wasn’t raining, they lightly weeded the sweet potatoes in hopes that it would reduce the weed takeover that we experienced last year. All in all, the four women felt it was another wonderful  morning at the Home Grown Garden.

Please join us this Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am to raise fresh produce for the Home and the hungry. The more hands that help, the more we can harvest.

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 and please bring your own drinking water. Wearing a hat and sunscreen is a good idea, too.

JULY CHALLENGE!!!

Protect your family and the environment with nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning products

An average home generates over 25 pounds of toxic, hazardous waste each year.  Much of this waste can be attributed to household cleaning products.

The EPA says that only a fraction of the more than 75,000 registered chemicals have gone through testing for human health concerns. More than nine out of ten suspected poison exposures occur at home with household products.

According to a 15 year study, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home.  The study concluded that this was a direct result of the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in common household products.

If there is only one thing you can do: You can make a positive impact on the planet as well as the health of your family and your budget by using nontoxic, concentrated, biodegradable green cleaners in your home. It is possible for the average household to eliminate 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills, and 248 pounds of greenhouse gases.  That’s the equivalent of planting 10 trees!

Take small steps: Baking soda is a non-toxic cleanser that is safe enough to eat. Begin your switch to green cleaners by trying baking soda in place of cleanser for cleaning your kitchen or bathroom sink this month.

Inner simplicity: So when you start to run out of some of your cleaning products, research the market for safe, non polluting green products.  And when you go outside and look at our beautiful mountains, lakes and streams, you can feel good about doing your part to keep God’s creation clean and green.

Outer simplicity: Toxic products create air and water pollution during manufacture and use.  Nontoxic, concentrated biodegradable cleaners have less of a negative impact on drinking water and the air we breathe in the U.S and around the globe. By switching to nontoxic cleaning products you will be loving your neighbor as yourself.