We want more home gardeners! Grow Appalachia: Upper Ohio Valley is a yearlong garden training program for families in the Northern Panhandle of WV. No experience? No problem. Participating families will receive all the supplies and instruction necessary to successfully grow food in their own backyard, totally free. Application deadline is February 10, 2021. The application can be found here.
Who is organizing this program?
This project is a collaboration among Grow Appalachia, Grow Ohio Valley, WV Family Resources Networks, WVU Extension, and Try This WV.
This season, Grow Ohio Valley became a Grow Appalachia partner site. Grow OV is an agricultural nonprofit that has been building community through local food since 2014. We envision a region where farmers flourish and local, healthy food is a way of life, and to that end we operate several urban farms and gardens - including a 1-acre vegetable plot, a geothermal hothouse, two high tunnel greenhouses, and an apple orchard - all on previously vacant, reclaimed land. Additionally, we host a full slate of educational programming designed to build resilience and encourage nutritional literacy in our community.
This project was developed as a result of the Try This West Virginia Northern Regional Network, and we look forward to their ongoing collaboration and support. Learn more about Try This at trythiswv.com.
What is Grow Appalachia?
From their website: “Grow Appalachia seeks to impact food insecurity in central Appalachia by helping as many Appalachian families grow as much of their own food as possible through grant making to nonprofits throughout the region. Grow Appalachia partners with nonprofit organizations throughout central Appalachia to administer the Grow Appalachia program at the local level–delivering organic production resources and technical assistance through a hired partner site coordinator so that families truly have all they need to grow their own food. Since 2010, Grow Appalachia has partnered with more than 60 nonprofits in central Appalachia who have worked with over 6,000 families to grow 4 million pounds of organic food for themselves and their families.”
Who can participate and what will they get out of this program?
Families residing in Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock Counties are invited to apply for the program.
Participants need to have access to a yard or area accessible from their home that they have permission to use for garden space. Each family will receive seeds/starter plants, hand tools, fertilizer and mulch, and access to a tiller in the spring, and ample training and coaching to successfully complete the growing season.
As part of the Grow Appalachia program, participants are asked to attend six (6) gardening classes. Classes will be held virtually and/or socially distanced outdoors while COVID-19 still presents a risk in our community. Dates and details are to be announced, but a month-by-month schedule is as follows:
Garden planning (February)
Garden planting (March)
Garden maintenance (May)
Season extension (August)
Fall-planting perennials (August)
Heart-healthy cooking (TBD)
Additionally, participating families will be asked to track the food that they produce during the 2021 growing season for reporting purposes. Additional details will be provided.
How do I get involved?
As a participant:
Fill out our application online or call Hannah at (304) 233-4769 and leave a message to request a paper application.
The application can be found here.
The deadline to apply is February 10, 2020.
Participants will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2020.
As a partner:
If you are interested in recruiting families, sharing your skills, or donating resources, please contact Hannah at email@example.com. We’d love to work with you!