Gardener Story: Kirstin Blackburn

Gardener Story: Kirstin Blackburn

Gardener Story: Kirstin Blackburn Gardening 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...
Gardener Story: Kelly Foster

Gardener Story: Kelly Foster

Gardener Story: Kelly Foster This 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...