Through a cooperative effort of BSCTC and community groups, we are in our second
year of growing vegetable gardens. We began in the spring of 2012 with a grant through
Berea College and the "Grow Appalachia" program (www.growappalachia.org
). Funded through the generosity of John Paul DeJoria, CEO and co-founder of Paul
Mitchell Systems, Grow Appalachia is a service, educational and outreach program.
This spring we expanded the garden through a mini-grant from Kitchen Gardeners International.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people from 100 countries who are growing
their own food and helping others to do the same. KGI is based in Scarborough, Maine
Also, the BSCTC office of Embracing Cultural Heritage Opportunities, (ECHO) has partnered
with "Growing Warriors" headquartered in Mt Vernon, KY. This group consists of local
veterans and volunteers who have proposed to construct and maintain ten additional
raised beds in our campus garden. To learn more about this group go to www.growingwarriors.org
The crops in our campus garden have included beans, sweet potatoes, zucchini, peas,
tomatoes, onions and more. Most of the harvests are donated to the Food Pantry at
St. James Episcopal Church next to campus. A cooperative effort of the BSCTC Care
Club, college administrators, maintenance and operations, faculty and staff has made
this a fun and productive project. Kathy Curtis, director of the St. Vincent Mission
Grow Appalachia Program offers her assistance with grant requirements, training, and
"working in the dirt".
Several faculty/staff members along with various community members are working together
to grow a garden for hunger. All the harvest goes to the food pantry. We are looking
for volunteers to assist in the garden and any new ideas you might have for future
crops. The attachment is about the grants and the people involved in the garden. We
had more pictures to show but at this time they are unavailable. As the project grows
more information and pictures will be sent your way.
If you have interest in joining with us, please contact Tammy Ball, Paula Preece,
Joe Campbell, or Tom Vierheller.