Gardener Story: Emily Tillinghast

This is our first year in BIU and our first year in Tennessee! Our family (Emily, Nate, Morgan age 6, and Willa, age 3) moved from New Mexico in 2020. We bought our first house in Jonesborough and planted apple and pear trees.  My father in law came down from NY and planted blueberry bushes and peach trees.       

This has been also been our first year trying an in earth garden and it is awesome. We’re so excited to be a part of a community of people growing their own food. The information from BIU has been indispensable. It has been such a help to be able to know the insects specific to this area.

This year is our first time trying vertical gardening and we are so thankful for the time put in selecting disease resistant varieties. We are starting to harvest snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, and the varieties of lettuce, which is exciting! We are loving East TN, gardening, and the summer weather!

More images from Emily’s garden!