Since 2012, Build It Up has offered gardening education and installed over 150 new gardens in East TN. We offer support to backyard gardeners, market gardeners, and school and community gardens. Learn more about what we do by clicking below!
Backyard Gardeners Program
We take 30-40 families through a year of organic gardening education and support. Families recieve plants, seeds, tools, fertilizer and more to help grow healthy, fresh food right in their own backyards!
Market Gardeners Program
We encourage entreprenuership through agriculture and support market gardeners up to a half acre in size. We have a growers coop that sells to restaurants and a multi-farm CSA.
Our gardening experts would love to help you design a backyard, community or school garden! We also do food forests, perennial fruit & nut trees, and native edible plants.
Over 150 Families Served
Wish your kids knew where their food comes from? Gardening provides so many opportunities for kids (and adults!) to learn about food, nature, and the joys of dirt under your fingernails! Learn more about our Backyard Gardens Program:
We teach how to grow organically and in harmony with our ecosystem. Our workshops focus on gardening in ways that prevent pest and disease issues naturally without relying on chemical fertilizers and sprays.
Pounds of Food Grown
"I truly believe that growing your own food is an activity that makes us more human. Working the land and facilitating the growth process connects us with nature in a way that is deep, elemental, and soulful."
– Matthew M, 2nd Year Gardener
"Last year I grew my first ever lush year-round garden, and whilst I did experience a few frustrating moments, overall it was one of the biggest and best accomplishments of my life."
– Louise B, 2nd Year Gardener
"The knowledge that I have gained from Build It Up...has allowed us more success in the last two years than I had imagined possible."
– Emily P, 2nd Year Gardener
"In consideration of all the times in my life that something has been too good to be true: Build It Up some how exceeded all of my expectations."
– Jenna U, 1st Year Gardener
BIU is a fiscally sponsored project of Appalachian RC&D. Learn more about their other great programs in the region!
We are one of 21 Grow Appalachia partner sites. Click to learn more about GA and our sister programs.
Latest from the Blog
We try to feature blogs from each of our families 2-3 times a month. Read all about their gardening adventures this season:
Gardener Story: Kitty Michael Hi, garden buddies! My name is Kitty Michael and this is my family’s first year in the Build It Up program. This is also our first year with a true garden. I (along with my husband, Bobby, and my teenager, Oz) am looking forward to all...
Gardener Story: Samantha Bellavance Our family was thrilled when we found out we were accepted to the Build It Up East TN Program. We spent three years living in an Airstream traveling the country while working. The thing we craved the most during our travels was a...
Gardener Story: Tim Ross This is my second year in the program. The first year was great—the perfect activity for the “Year of Covid.” I established a new garden last year using raised beds. I learned a lot about organic gardening through our sessions, and by trying...