Together We Can Grow Appalachia
Hindman Settlement School is proud to be serving its third year as a Grow Appalachia site. The program, a partnership with Berea College, seeks to solve persistent food insecurity issues in the Appalachian region by restoring the historic relationship between people and land. Grow Appalachia’s central mission is to help as many people grow as much food as possible using organic methods and to encourage more growth of food for local markets.
Knott County Grow Appalachia Members have access to:
- Seeds, plants, organic soil amendments, and organic pesticides
- Physical assistance with starting a garden from a local gardening expert
- Technical assistance with garden planning, including raised beds and alternate gardening plans
- Local farmers markets
- Ways to share surplus foods with those in need
- Quality hand tools and other gardening materials
- Educational seminars and hands-on activities dealing with food preparation, preservation, healthy living and agricultural issues related to home farming
- In exchange for technical assistance and other resources, members agree to track their food production, participate in workshops, and share what they learn with others. All of our Grow Appalachia meetings are free and open to the public.
You can read more about the program and what we have accomplished in our Annual Report. If you are interested in becoming involved, you can stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook at Hindman Settlement School – Grow Appalachia and by following the Grow Appalachia Blog.
Grow Appalachia Resources
To learn more about the Grow Appalachia program, take a look through the resources we’ve provided below.