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Gardener Story: The Beasley Family

Gardener Story: The Beasley Family

Gardener Story: The Beasley FamilyGardening has always been a part of our lives. Jared’s family and mine have always had a garden - it was just part of the memories we had growing up. Even as a kid, we can still remember the little and big jobs we had working in our...

Gardener Story: Jeremiah Key

Gardener Story: Jeremiah Key

Gardener Story: Jeremiah Key “What do you see when you look at the world? What do you hear when you listen?”                 I heard this line repeated in a sermon by Beth Jarvis years ago. I typed and taped it to my work computer. I have shared it, prayed it and...

Gardener Story: Linda Hendricks

Gardener Story: Linda Hendricks

Gardener Story: Linda Hendricks Our family moved down to beautiful Northeast Tennessee almost 3 years ago. I always called myself the girl with the purple thumb up north and that if I looked at plants the wrong way they would wither and die. And then about three years...

Gardener Story: Mike and Claudia Langley

Gardener Story: Mike and Claudia Langley

Gardener Story: Mike & Claudia LangleyWe are now in our second season as members of Build It Up Tennessee. Our original reason for joining in 2018 was to give Claudia’s father a project and motivation to help with our gardening. He was 91 years old at the time and...

Gardener Story: Liz Smith

Gardener Story: Liz Smith

Gardener Story: Liz SmithI am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the “Build It Up” program. Gardening is important to our family because....... well, because we moved to a farm with zero farming experience. The nearest grocery store is about 25 minute...

Gardener Story: Rick and Dawn Hess

Gardener Story: Rick and Dawn Hess

Gardener Story: Rick & Dawn HessThis is our 2nd year with Build It Up, and we have learned so much! Our first year we started a brand new garden from scratch. Brought in compost, covered the grass, then covered with a tarp for a couple weeks to discourage the...

Gardener Story: Louise Bailey

Gardener Story: Louise Bailey

Gardener Story: Louise BaileyGoodness, it’s mid-April and the weather suddenly went from flip-flops and tank-tops to furry boots and sweaters! Once upon a time, things like this kept me from even trying to garden; however, since I’ve been in the Build It Up! gardening...

Gardener Story: Natalie Olsen

Gardener Story: Natalie Olsen

Gardener Story: Natalie OlsenI never garden truly alone. At the very least I'm accompanied by the songs of birds when I venture outside this time of year. As my garden soil has improved with time, every turn of the shovel reveals a wriggling worm and it isn't long...

Gardener Story: Georgia Sinko

Gardener Story: Georgia Sinko

Gardener Story: Georgia Sinko My name is Georgia and I've been growing plants most of my life. From family gardens up to container gardens while getting my degrees. I've always loved to have something green to take care of. Right now, I live with my partner, Elliot,...

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