Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fall Planting with Dave Rogers Master Gardener Class of 2014

Dave engaging the crowd on Fall Planting Saturday August 15th

Great Turnout for the seminar
 All fall plants donated to the Harvest of Hope garden by Good Hope Garden in Blountville. Product donated were broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower for HOH.

Dave did a great job showing seminar attendees the correct way to plant and water fall plants to stride during fall and winter months. Special attention must be given to the care of plants due to less sunlight and water.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kingsport Pepper Festival September 26th 8-4pm

Kingsport Pepper Festival
Fall for Downtown Folk Festival

September 26th - 8:00 - 4:00

Vendors & Demonstrations

 Pepper plant growers ~ hot, cool, sweet
 Pepper products ~ salts, rubs, jellies, etc.
 Gardening, Canning, & Salsa Workshops

Competitions ~ All Ages
 “Peter Piper” Tongue Twister Contest
 “Pepper Pot” Bean Bag toss
“Bragging Rights” Battles

“The Best…” Pickled Pepper recipes, Pepper Plants
“The Best Pepper Popper” Restaurant Judging
“The Best Wings” Restaurant Judging
“Chili Cook-Off “
( Starts at 8 AM - Judging at Noon – Samples at 12:30)

***“Miss Pepper Festival Pagant”***
***(Canceled due to lack of participation)***
“Iron Stomach” Hot Wings Eating Contest”
(Starts at 3 PM)

More info visit or Doug at (423)239-9433

Fall Planting at Harvest of Hope Garden Saturday August 15th 10 am

Join us on Saturday August 15th 
10am for Fall Planting at the Harvest of Hope Garden

Master Gardener 
Dave Rogers
Class of 2014
will present this years' class.

Please bring a pen, notepad, and chair for this fun filled
educational event at the garden.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tent is set and ready for the show

Doug Hilton, Jerry Ramey and Dave Rogers helped get the tent setup for today's event

Jennifer Banks, RD 

Covering Food Safety, Canning, and preserving the harvest

for summer vegetables and fruits.

Great turnout today and good food samples!!!!!!!!!

Large Crowd for Cooking Show Saturday June 20th at Harvest of Hope Gardens

Large Crowd for the Cooking show

Ready for Cooking time as the crowd samples some Mexican Chop Salad Jennifer and Linda had brought for today's event

Jennifer Banks Family Consumer Sciences Agent UT Extension Office Sullivan County

Preserving the Season

  1. Canning the harvest
  2. Freezing the harvest
  3. Drying the harvest

Jennifer Banks, RD covers ways to preserve the harvest and reap the benefits of storing food.

Always stressing food safety in food prep is always first rule of thumb before starting any type of preserving. If you are a beginner canning recommended reading is Principles of Home Canning

Some of the recipes passed out for the show


Cooking with Jennifer and Linda

Saturday June 20th
Harvest of Hope Gardens
UT Extension Office Sullivan County 

The video is short due to the length allowed on the blog and download time

Simple Skillet Green Beans
serves 4-6

  • 1 teaspoon oil or butter
  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 3/4 cup of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add green beans and cook 2-3 minutes stirring often. Pour broth and bring the beans and broth to a simmer. Cover skillet and cook 6-10 minutes on how soft you like your beans. Keep an eye on the liquid in case you need to add a little more to cook. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Finish green beans
Very tasty and great cooking show

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lee Apartment project

Jerry Ramey Master Gardener lays out the walk way for the new gardens at Lee Apartments in Kingsport 

United Way volunteers help layout the garden at Lee Apartments

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lee Apartment Raised Garden Project June 17th 2015

Lee Apartments

Raised Gardens Project

Partnering with United Way of Kingsport and Harvest of Hope

Project Managers

Doug Hilton and Jerry Ramey

On going program please visit the HOH Blog for next work day

Lee Apartment raised garden

Materials for the Project purchases from Lowes Home Stores from a recent grant received from Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association and Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom from Farm Bureau.

Squaring up the walk way and the raised garden. Master Gardeners Dave Rogers and Jerry Ramey

Laying the foundation for Lee Apartment raise garden project

Master Gardener Jerry Ramey lays out walk way at the gardens at Lee Apartments

United Way volunteers work on gardens at Lee Apartments. Taller raised gardens for handicapped access.

Harvest of Hope Gardens

Spring planting reaps great rewards

Dave and Carla Rogers Garden

New Scales for Harvest of Hope

New Scales donated by Randy Neal

Weighs in pounds and a great addition to the garden

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cooking with Jennifer Banks June 20th Harvest of Hope Gardens..................

Your invited!!!!!!!!!!!

Cooking with Jennifer Banks
UT Extension Agent
Sullivan County

June 20th @ 10am and Harvest of Hope Gardens
Kingsport, TN

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Photos from March Workshop and Future Plans

Early Spring Vegetables Workshop

Here are some photos from the HOH March 21st Class on Early Spring Vegetables.
 Instructor: Phil Ramey.

There was a great turnout! Master Gardener Phil Ramey (center, with tool) instructed the class.

Jim checks out the seeds & seedlings before they are planted
Potato Planting

Seed potatoes are cut before planting

Onion Planting
Closeup of onions before planting

Broccoli, Cabbage, and Kale planting was demonstrated too.

Jerry, behind the scenes, going over paperwork.


Hoop Houses

 Doug Hilton showed gardeners how to make raised bed Hoop Houses.  Hoop Houses act as temporary greenhouses to keep frost from killing seedlings.


Future Happenings at HOH

Future:   Planter for an Herb, Sensory Garden for children of all abilities & disabilities.

Future:    Water Line to run from middle of garden to the west, so that gardeners will have access to hose and water from that side of the garden. 

Also possibly in the future....
HOH, along with United Way, Kingsport Housing, City of Kingsport, D.B.H.S. FFA Volunteer Agriculture class, and others hope to help Lee Family Learning Center build a children's garden near Lee apartments. This garden would be a great interactive and learning activity for children as well as providing families with fresh produce. This idea fits perfectly into Harvest of Hope's mission

Harvest of Hope Community Garden helps individuals and families in Kingsport, Tennessee grow food for themselves and their community.

Thank You's

Home Depot donated these :)

Evergreen helps HOH with seedlings for HOH :)

Thank you to all those who donated or discounted items for today's workshop. Thanks to alll of the HOH sponsors too!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

'How To Garden' CLASS: Hoop Houses & Early Spring Vegetables

early spring vegetables

How to Garden Class:

Hoop Houses &
Early Spring Vegetables

10am, Saturday, March 21st

at the Harvest of Hope Community Garden
130 Charlemont St, Kingsport, Tn


Topics to be covered:
  • What exactly is a Hoop House?... and how to build one.
  • How, Why, and When to plant veggies
    • Broccoli
    • Onions
    • Brussel Sprouts, etc

  • Get your questions answered on these topics and more.

Bring a chair if you wish.

See CALENDAR for more events

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Grandmother's Flower Garden" Quilt Block Links Harvest of Hope Garden to Quilt Trail

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt & Quilt Block with family members, gardeners
Original 1950s Quilt (bottom left) made by Pauline Taylor; Taylor's Descendants (left);
Quilt Block (middle); HOH Master Gardeners (right)

On Wednesday, February 4th, the Harvest of Hope Community Garden hosted the unveiling of their new quilt block, thus becoming the 17th member of the Downtown Kingsport Quilt Trail. Maybe, while traveling, you have seen quilt blocks located on barns in the midwest. The idea for quilt trails had originated in Ohio, many years ago, as a way to honor family & their heritage, and include artistry in the landscape.  Now Kingsport, and the greater Northeast Tennessee have one!  See

Quilt Unveiling:  Before & After Photo
BEFORE & AFTER  The Quilt Unveiling

The painted, wooden quilt block, shown framed and standing upright in photos, was inspired by the original "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt, sewn by Pauline J. Taylor back in the 1950's. Taylor's Family and granddaughter, Jill Taylor Parsons, wanted to honor their grandmother by using her quilts to inspire quilt blocks for the trail.  

Pauline Taylor was not only a quilter and seamstress, but an avid gardener. In addition she was involved in the early Kingsport Farmers Market, which was located across the street from where Harvest of Hope is now. 

quilt block next to Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
Quilt Block (left) painted by Jill Taylor Parsons (holding quilt) & Faye Boushley (not shown)

Although Harvest of Hope (HOH) Community Garden's main goal is involving the public to grow their own food (and some for the community soup kitchens and food pantries), its natural beauty made it also a perfect home for the "Grandmother's Flower Garden" Quilt Block. According to Master Garden Doug Hilton, gardeners can grow whatever they would like, but a portion of everyone’s harvests should be donated to help feed the hungry (

Master Gardeners at HOH have designed a landscape plan to embellish the surroundings of the quilt block.  Over the next few months, stepping stones will be placed in front of the block so viewers can look up close.  Mulch and flowers will be added of course, for further beauty.  

HOH Garden LANDSCAPE PLAN for area surrounding Quilt Block (View from Top)

Be sure to stop by the garden at 130 W. Charlemont St. in downtown Kingsport to see the quilt block and the gardens!  Please check our  2015 Calendar of Events for future activities.

quilt trail sign

Grandmother's Flower Garden is a quilt pattern.  The quilt is made by cutting small hexagon fabric shapes, then piecing and sewing into a flower/diamond shape.  It was a style very popular in the 1930's and led to other quilt pattern blocks styles. Want to know more about the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilting style and its history?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Quilt Trail Dedication, Feb 4th, 4pm at HOH

4pm, Wednesday, February 4th
at Harvest of Hope Community Garden
130 W. Charlemont St, Kingsport, Tn

Exciting News!

The Harvest of Hope Community Garden will soon become part of the Downtown Kingsport Quilt Trail! Join the Harvest of Hope Community Garden at 4pm, Wednesday, February 4th for the official Quilt Trail Dedication.

Friday, January 16, 2015

'Vegetable Gardening 101' Workshop: Sat, Feb 7th

Be sure to read the bottom of this blog article for listing of radio
 & TV shows to be aired soon; shows will feature info about the workshop.


The Vegetable Gardening 101 workshop is designed for new vegetable gardeners in East Tennessee but will offer learning opportunities for everyone. The workshop will include an opening speech, "Vegetable Ventures-Early Consideration for the Home Gardener," by Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, the University of Tennessee Residential and Consumer Extension Specialist.

Sessions will follow on Raised Bed Gardening, Container Gardening / Small Space Gardening, and Growing Super Vegetables; Earl Hockin (MG), Phil Ramey(MG), and Jennifer Banks (Nutritionist) will be leading these sessions, respectively. Sessions will cover soil, the basics of plant requirements, site selection, garden design and layout,…

Space is limited to first 120 participants, so early registration is encouraged; see flyer above for contact info. Workshop location is the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Kingsport, TN (directions)

Registration packet pickup is at 8am, followed by the workshop sessions which will run from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Participants are invited to view the Harvest of Hope Community Gardens, located across the street, after the workshop from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. 

 Look for more information to be aired on television and radio in the coming week(s), various channels:

  • Jan 22nd - WKPT, TV Ch19 (ABC) 6-7am NEWS, "How to" Segment 
  • Jan 22nd - WKPT RADIO, Station AM1400 10am, The "Dave Light" Show   Listen
  • Jan 26th - WCYB, TV Ch5 (NBC) 12pm Noon NEWS
  • Jan 28th - WKPT RADIOStation AM1400 10am, The "Dave Light" Show   Listen
  • Jan 29th  - WKPT, TV Ch19 (ABC) 6-7am News, "How to" Segment 
  • Feb 2nd:  WJHL, TV Ch11 (CBS), Daytime Tri-Cities Show

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