Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cucumber Salsa Recipe

With summer in full swing, it's time to put those fresh veggies to good use.  Here's a recipe you're sure to enjoy.


2-3 Tbsp     reduced fat sour cream
1/2             garlic, minced
1/2 tsp        lemon juice
1 tsp           lime juice
Dash           cumin
Dash           sea salt

1 cup          seedless cucumbers, chopped
1/4 cup       tomatoes, seeded, chopped
2 Tbsp        sweet onions, chopped (variation: use green onion)
1 Tbsp        parsley, finely chopped
1/3 to 1/2    jalapeno, seeded, and minced
                   (adjust amt to your heat tolerance)
2 tsp           cilantro, minced

(note: use fresh herbs when possible)


Combine sour cream, garlic, juices, cumin and salt in medium sized glass bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (vegetables, herb, hot pepper) just mixing lightly. Serve with baked pita chips (suggest Stacy's brand) or baked.corn tortilla scoops (suggest Tostitos brand).

Makes approximately six(6) 1/4cup servings
Calories:  approximately 14 calories per serving (not including chip calories)

Recipe submitted by HOH volunteer gardener

Happy Gardening and Cooking, too :)

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Storage Boxes

Good things do indeed come in small packages, or containers... as shown below.  Volunteer gardeners -- also handy with carpentry -- have been busy at work making storage boxes to hold:  Weigh Scale Forms and Storage Bags.  These red boxes were recently built and installed on/in the new Weigh Station Shed.  See Weigh Station Ahead post for more photos.

weigh scale record forms box
"Record Forms" Storage Container, complete with pencils.  Note the left holds the blank forms, and the right side holds the completed forms.

Storage Container for plastic bags
Storage Container for Plastic Bags

Again, bags container shown on front of shed.

On a gardening note, the community garden is booming with produce like this zucchini

Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Y HYPE Teen Camp Partners with HOH

YMCA Hype Teen Camp and Harvest of Hope Community Garden

On May 29th, the Kingsport YMCA 'HYPE Teen Camp' visited the Harvest of Hope Community Garden.  The teens' service work included: weeding, digging, moving soil, and generally making the garden a welcoming place for all.  There certainly was a lot of service, leadership, and learning, but most of all they look like they just had fun!

Thank you Y Hype Teen Camp for all your efforts and making HOH Gardens beautiful !!

Here are some more photos :)

Y Hype Teen Camp
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Y Hype Teen Camp




Read more at Kingsport Times News community online article.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weigh Station Ahead !

New Weigh Station (scales)
Harvest of Hope Community Garden now has a sheltered weigh station complete with bucket and scale!   Volunteer garden members will use this scale to measure their veggies prior to donating to food pantries, soup kitchens, etc.  Last year Harvest of Hope harvested & donated over 475 pounds.

Below are photos during construction...

BEFORE and DURING construction

Thank you to the volunteers who constructed the new weigh station with scales :)

Members can fill out the type and weights of produce on a sheet of paper located in wall-boxes next to scales. Then they can put completed forms in a "completed" wall-box also near scale. See entire completed weigh station in below photo.


Happy Gardening!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A 'RAD' Workshop

A pair of RAD kids with a pair of RAD-ishes.
ps. RAD means 'cool'

On May 17th at HOH, a Gardening Workshop was held to demonstrate the planting of summer vegetables and to help members plant various seedlings.  Vegetable seedlings planted included cucumber, tomato, and bell peppers.

Tomato Seedlings root/stem can be planted horizontally
 to provide better support for plant stem (ie. deeper).

Cucumber Tree
Cucumber Seedling

Bell pepper seedling's roots are loosened before planting.

Members also harvested various Spring crops such as radishes (top photo and below), kohlrabi. [Also peas, broccoli, etc. - not shown]

Radishes (without the cool kids)

Can you say Kohlrabi?             kohl·ra·bi
Kohlrabi being peeled; can be eaten raw...yum!

Below, member gardeners harvest their crops, plant their seedlings, and weed and maintain their beds. 


Other interesting crops!

Celosia flowers


Early Blackberries

 Happy Gardening!   Keep it RAD :)