Monday, September 24, 2012

Listen in!

My friend John gave me a heads-up that Sam Jones will be on NPR this week.

I first encountered Sam through a local voluntary simplicity group, and since then have mostly waved at her as she bikes and I run by on the Greenbelt, but every chance I get to interact with her I'm wowed by her faith in action and her wealth of knowledge. She's as friendly as she is smart.

Anyway -- Sam is a community activist who was integral to the founding of the Carver Community Garden in Johnson City. This week she's the guest on NPR radio show Religion for Life. Here's the link, and, in case you don't want to link, here's the bit about it:

My guest this week on Religion For Life is Sam Jones who blogs at Tennessee Transitions. She is a community activist and advocate for transitioning our communities and our lives to the post-petroleum reality that is coming.  She speaks candidly about the issues that we are facing as well as the importance of living simply.

Thursday, September 20th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, September 23rd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, September 23rd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, September 24th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7..
Via podcast beginning September 25th.

If you can, also check out Sam's blog (see link to Tennessee Transitions above). Good stuff; I need to read it more often myself.

Go, Sam!

In news of our garden, I'm sorry I'm not being more bloggy these days -- a lot of unrelated stuff going on for me. Watch in the next couple of weeks for more info about our October 27 celebrate and clean-up day. Anything you'd like to see or do that day? Let me know!

Happy day.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Raising the beds

Yesterday, Doug and I met with Bradley and his mom. Bradley is a local Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout award, and he's chosen Harvest of Hope to be his project. Through the winter, he's going to be raising the sides of our beds to approximately 15 inches, so that we have deeper beds all around. We're thankful Bradley's chosen us, and look forward to working with him! If you see him in the garden, be sure to thank him yourself!

Here are some pictures from yesterday afternoon -- Bradley and his mom, Suzie:

Doug talking to Suzie and Bradley about composting:

And just because it was so lovely, one of the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church's fall plantings, starting to grow:

God bless your day!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Meet Doug!

We have a new master gardener working with us at Harvest of Hope, and he is super. Doug is a former force recon Marine who grew up in Gate City but has been in Kingsport for quite a while. He's going to help us do great things. Thanks to Nancy, who recruited him to our cause, and to Doug himself for joining us and being so ready to help.

Here's the garden -- we're starting to clean some beds and ready for fall. If you are planning on a fall garden, it's time to get it going if you haven't already. We're working on clearing some beds now.

If you're in the garden, please harvest what's ripe and take it to share!

Happy day.