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Gardener Story: Kirstin Blackburn

Gardener Story: Kirstin Blackburn

Gardener Story: Kirstin BlackburnGardening always brings certain thoughts to my mind. Mostly, thoughts about my ability to survive in pioneering days. I always wonder if my vegetable patch would be enough to feed my family of six, or if we would succumb to starvation...

Gardener Story: Meme Ansbro

Gardener Story: Meme Ansbro

Gardener Story: Meme Ansbro Thyme to Turnip the Beet! My name is MeMe and I'm 34. I am from Northern California but I've lived in East Tennessee for 13 years on one and a half acres of farmland on the Greene County line. I am a stay at home mom and caregiver to a...

Gardener Story: Kelly Foster

Gardener Story: Kelly Foster

Gardener Story: Kelly FosterThis was not our first year “doing a garden” but it was really our first time trying to systematically learn how to garden properly. I think, for our family, a lot of this was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and fueled by a lot of time...

Gardener Story: Audra Holmes

Gardener Story: Audra Holmes

Gardener Story: Audra Holmes Our family moved to Tennessee this past fall (October 2020).  We knew we wanted to have a large and productive vegetable garden at our new home. This seemed like a daunting task and was something we began researching shortly after we...

Gardener Story: Craig & Mikaela Lewis

Gardener Story: Craig & Mikaela Lewis

Gardener Story: Craig & Mikaela Lewis Thanks to the Build It Up Program we had the opportunity to create our first garden in 2021. We didn’t have much growing experience, so we started with a small garden and grew herbs and hot peppers. Since we also were starting...

Gardener Story: Andrew Presnell

Gardener Story: Andrew Presnell

Gardener Story: Andrew Presnell Hello! This is year two for the Presnells with Build It Up. We continue to learn more about our garden and how to keep it going. In the new year, we have added four more raised beds to our garden. We now have four 3ft x 10ft beds and...

Gardener Story: Hannah Kiger

Gardener Story: Hannah Kiger

Gardener Story: Hannah Kiger The Build It Up program came into my life at a crucial moment. I suffered a miscarriage in December 2020, so I came into the spring feeling emotionally and physically broken. I think because of the miscarriage, I felt both a compulsive...

Gardener Story: Justin Delp

Gardener Story: Justin Delp

Gardener Story: Justin Delp          This was our first year doing a garden and while it has had some hardships, we have absolutely loved it. There’s so much we’ve learned throughout this experience, like de-weeding early and often, putting fencing up to keep the...

Gardener Story: Paula Butcher

Gardener Story: Paula Butcher

Gardener Story: Paula Butcher WOW this year has flown by. It is my second year working with Build It Up and I was excited to expand on what I learned last year. Last year I used landscape fabric to keep my weeds at bay and decided that was my best option this year...

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