Local Foods and Wellness Education

The Local Foods and Wellness Education Program at High Rocks teaches people how to think about healthy food choices, and how to grow their own food.


 In 2017, 5,881 healthy meals and 5,188 healthy snacks were served.  We harvested 1,322 pounds of produce from our campground garden and high tunnel.

 


High Rocks is also a site for a Grow Appalachia program, an outreach education and service project of Berea College. It is funded by the generosity of John Paul Dejoria, co-founder and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, Inc.

Grow Appalachia is dedicated to helping mountain families plant a healthy future for themselves and their communities by:

  • Providing them with skills and resources to grow sustainable, nutritious food
  • Teaching them how to prepare and preserve food in a healthy way
  • Empowering them to share their knowledge in the community
  • Creating programs to provide food to elderly and disabled residents in need
  • Developing local farmers’ markets to sell surplus food

In 2017, the High Rocks Grow Appalachia program supported 35 gardens, in which over 30,000 pounds of produce were grown and harvested.

“I’ve always wanted to have a vegetable garden, and the program gave me assistance in planning, preparing, planting, and harvesting a garden. I was able to do much more with the guidance and group support that I received than if I had tried to start a garden on my own.” -Grow Appalachia Participant

20151016_104905 We are looking for more families, individuals and community gardens who are excited about gardening and want to be part of this project to increase their production and the quality of their produce. Whether you are a beginner or ready to go to market this year, Grow Appalachia has a lot to offer you.


GARDEN PLANNING WORKSHOP HANDOUT

GARDEN PLANTING WORKSHOP HANDOUT

GARDEN MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP HANDOUT

SEASON EXTENSION WORKSHOP HANDOUT

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR GROW APPALACHIA BLOG

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QUESTIONS or ready to SIGN UP FOR 2017? 

CONTACT GROWAPPALACHIA@HIGHROCKS.ORG