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Gardener Story: Mary Kate Williams

Gardener Story: Mary Kate Williams

Gardener Story: Mary Kate Williams Greetings Green Thumbed friends, and those who aspire to be. My name is Mary Kate Williams and my family and I are first year gardeners and excited to be accepted into the Build It Up program. I have to admit, gardening abilities and...

Gardener Story: Brandi Eveland-Sayers

Gardener Story: Brandi Eveland-Sayers

Gardener Story: Brandi Eveland-Sayers Hi BIU friends. This is my first year as a participant in this amazing program. My kids and I are enjoying the quick changes happening in the garden. Tomatoes are the most exciting right now as we like to pick a few Sun Golds each...

Gardener Story: Carolyn Andrews

Gardener Story: Carolyn Andrews

Gardener Story: Carolyn AndrewsThis year has been an exciting gardening year for me. Up until this first year of my participation in Build It Up, I had grown a variety of vegetables in my backyard garden space—but my efforts were basically uninformed. I needed to...

Gardener Story: Emily Tillinghast

Gardener Story: Emily Tillinghast

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...

Gardener Story: Rebecca DeLong

Gardener Story: Rebecca DeLong

Gardener Story: Rebecca DeLong        "2021 is my family's second year in the BIU program. Last year was a whirlwind with the pandemic and adjusting to life differently. Part of that adjustment involved substantially more time learning how to grow vegetables in a...

Gardener Story: Joy Lyle

Gardener Story: Joy Lyle

Gardener Story: Joy Lyle "Hello BIU friends!  I am excited to share a little bit of our story with you! My husband and I have a large family and decided last year to make a big change for our family. We moved from a little house on a city street, to a big old farm...

Gardener Story: Rachel Butler

Gardener Story: Rachel Butler

Gardener Story: Rachel Butler "Hello fellow BIU gardeners! My husband, daughter, and I relocated to East Tennessee in 2019 from New York state. Last summer, we spent our days in the sun in our rental. We had the urge to grow our own foods and to become as...

Gardener Story: Mel Perry

Gardener Story: Mel Perry

Gardener Story: Mel Perry Hi Garden Friends! I’m Mel and this is my first year in the Build It Up program. I have been a garden learner for most of my life, and I’m looking forward to the new lessons this year with Build It Up will bring.  We have about 3 acres, which...

Gardener Story: Kitty Michael

Gardener Story: Kitty Michael

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...

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