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BIU Backyard Gardener: Leighanne Bailey

My blog is just like most things in my life. Late. As was my garden. Most things in my garden bloomed late and at first I thought we were doing something wrong. As most folks around here, our soil quality wasn’t great. Can we even call it soil? Lol. I have minimal gardening experience from […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Michelle Gray

Water, water, and more water My husband and I would never call ourselves gardners. Four tomato plants and 1 squash are typically the extent of what is put out. A few batches of salsa and some fried squash was all we hoped for. This year, we decided to expand. We heard about this project and […]


BIU Sowing Seeds Program

  Two Sowing Seeds programs ago opened with one of our junior teachers offering a meditation for the group. A junior teacher is a new role we have created for Sowing Seeds students who are older than 10 years old, who have been in the program now for one year, and who have demonstrated both […]


BIU Backyard Gardeners: The Linkous Family

The Linkous Family                 First let me introduce our family and then I will tell you a little bit about us. My name is Stephanie and my husband is Jason. We have 4 wonderful children Madison 14, Dakota 10 , Brooklyn 5, and Jaxson 3. We also have 48 chickens which provide us with eggs, two […]


SS Kids Plant Tators & Make Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

  Two Sowing Seed program days ago, along with learning how to make tomato-basil grilled cheeses, the kids uncovered the great treasures that have become all too rare as gardening and farming has become less culturally prevalent—foods hiding just below our feet! This day’s find was potatoes that they had planted a few months ago. […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Billie Anderson

  July 27, 2017 by Billie Anderson Today Lexy came to visit our garden and I asked her about writing my blog entry.  She answered questions and gave us some valuable tips.  She is a fantastic mentor and I am very grateful for her help. We are thrilled to be a BIU Gardening family this year.  Our […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Jocelyn & Family

My grandparents gardened in their suburban yard many years ago, and my grandmother was a great nourisher of indoor plants. My parents, however, had different hobbies and skills. I wanted a garden. I enjoy cooking, and also have to supply myself with healthy food to manage an autoimmune disorder. I knew that I knew very […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Stephanie Bernard

Give Peas a Chance… This has been my first year in the Build It Up program and the benefits have been amazing. Do I have it all figured out? Of course not. I’m years away from mastery of anything! However, the methods I have learned and the resources the program   has provided (specifically the people!!) […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Areanna Curley

I have always loved gardening but I never really had the time or resources to do it. I found out about Build It Up when I saw the application on Facebook. I applied because I thought “Why not? The worst they can say is no”. To my surprise a few weeks later I got an […]