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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Sunday, November 30, 2014

2015 Calendar of Events

The Harvest of Hope (HOH) 2015 Calendar of Events is detailed below.  Unless otherwise noted, all classes/events are to be held at:

Harvest of Hope Community Garden, 130 W Charlemont St, Kingsport, Tn

  • Feb 7th  8:30am - 12:30pm - Vegetable Gardening 101: Family Fun, Healthy Foods
    Location: First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport.  Registration is encouraged. To register contact  or call Robert at 276.492.1722 or Dave at 423.929.2233.  More details on event are posted on Vegetable Gardening 101 post
  • Feb. 24th 6:30 pm - Meeting for MEMBERS to discuss bed assignments, rules/regulations to garden or work in HOH gardens (all should attend).
    Location: First Presbyterian Church
  •  March 21st 10:00am - Early Spring Veg. Planting Class at HOH
  • April 18th - Class TBA
  • May 16th - Summer Vegetable Planting at HOH
  • June 20th 10:00 am - Cooking Your Vegetables ( by TN Agricultural Extension)
  • July - TBA
  •  Aug 15th 9:30am? - Fall Vegetable Planting class
  • Sept. - TBA
  • Oct. 24th 10:00am - Clean up & Cook Out (Members Only)

Possibly more events on April-July-Sept to come TBA. There will be a How to Build/Use Rain Barrels one month.

A garden requires patient labor and attention.  
Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions
 or to fulfill good intentions.  They thrive
because someone expended effort on them.
-- Liberty Hyde Bailey