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 Workshop post
  • Feb. 21st 10:00am - Early Spring Veg. Planting Class
  • 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 - How to Build a Raised bed for gardening
  • April 18th - Class TBA
  • May 16th - Summer Vegetable Planting
  • 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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Giving Thanks

Harvest of Hope wishes to recognize recent philanthropists who contributed to HOH projects:

Shed, current photo
For the newly expanded shed: Shingles & felt paper were donated by Saxon & Clark Enterprises -- Andrew Allen 765-8858 (see article)
Guttering was from Holtsclaw Guttering 423-357-6056.

Also pizzas donated for the HOH Clean Up Day were from
Rush Street Neighborhood Grill

These donations, and others throughout the year, helped HOH tremendously in achieving some of our goals, completing our projects :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Fall" in the Garden

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

— Claude Monet

....enough said



Recent shed expansion
See 'before' photos here:  Shed Foundation and in Mary Mary ... post


Local tree


Photos taken today at HOH.

Here is a link to Fall Vegetable Gardens. Look for links to NETMG training videos soon.

Happy Fall! Happy Gardening :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Broccoli Recipes on a Budget $

With 17% of the general Kingsport population considered 'hungry' (, it seems that there must be easier, cheaper ways for people to feed themselves.  It is now the season for broccoli, so below are a few recipes and/or links to broccoli recipes that are easy on the wallet.  Note, if you are able to grow your own at a community garden, it's quite a bit cheaper :)

Broccoli with Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Serves 4

1             head broccoli
($2.40 Walmart, less if grow own)
1/2 jar     15 oz jar Light Alfredo Sauce
(Bertolli, $2, Walmart)

Steam broccoli until fork tender.  Warm 1 cup Alfredo Sauce and serve over broccoli.

Cost is about 85 cents per person (calculated by adding $2.40 for broccoli, $1 for sauce to give $3.40. Divide that by 4 to get about $0.85/person.)

See some other budget friendly  recipes

Happy Gardening & Cooking :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Kingsport Pepper Festival PHOTOS

Here are a few photos from the1st Annual Kingsport Pepper Festival (website)
held Sept 13th at the Farmers Market.  Enjoy!

Ghost Pepper Plant - one of the hottest peppers you can grow

Buffalo Wild Wings

Pepper Class

H.O.P.E. Teen Volunteers

Dobyns Bennet FFA (Future Farmers of America) Volunteers

Pepper Pot Toss

Pin the tail on the pepper (above photo & below)