Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Recent Harvest, Mini-Maker Faire, etc

Below are photos from yesterday's harvest at Harvest of Hope Community Garden..... a whole wheelbarrow full! Photo was taken just before produce was transported to Kitchen of Hope and St. Paul's Food Pantry, just two of the many local charities supported by Harvest of Hope produce.  Learn more about the Feed Kingsport at

Cucumber, Green Onion, Cabbage, Potatoes, Zucchini,  and Green Beans

1st Cauliflower this season

New pathway and step to shed; keeps mud out :)

New raised bed for:  future Rasberries, Blackberries, etc.

1st Corn of the season

YMCA volunteers hard at work

HOH Master Gardeners harvesting crops

More YMCA Volunteers

On a side note, the Harvest of Hope Community Garden will have a booth at the:

Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire,
Sunday, July 13th from 1-6pm

Learn more about community gardening, hear about the upcoming Pepper Festival that HOH is organizing, and more!  See Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire for more info on the Faire.

Happy 4th and Happy Gardening!

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




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!