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SEEED would like to express deep gratitude to Nancy Taylor, Director of Sales and Marketing at Dalen Products, for donating a stackable garden, trellis netting, and other gardening products to our organization this past week.
Nancy eagerly sat down to talk, February 2nd, 2017, after watching the WATE Channel 6 News interview of Stan Johnson, Co-Founder and Director of SEEED, and Taria Person, Community Engagement Specialist and blogger.
While walking the community’s edible forest and campus grounds, Stan and Nancy discussed the limited amount of healthy food options for residents located in food deserts within Knoxville, the benefits of urban gardening, and SEEED’s Grow your Garden event.
Standing in the garden, looking out into the city of Knoxville, Stan explained, “If you look, you’ll see some community projects right there, and another over here. So you talking in this area, within a two miles radius, no fresh foods and vegetables. The Weigle’s and Quick Stop are the only places where people can go get food. We want to make sure that fresh fruits and vegetables are accessible to this community, so what we’ve done is planted thirty-five fruit trees, and in the raised beds we have exotic stuff. Ultimately, we want the community to grow and get food from SEEED’s edible forest.”
Before leaving, Nancy demonstrated the stackable garden, and gave information about maximizing smaller spaces for gardening. “When you can’t grow out, you gotta be able to grow up,” Nancy said.
She explained the benefits of some of Dalen’s gardening products; for example, the trellis netting which is essentially a nylon net, but strong enough to handle the weight of fruits and veggies, such as cucumbers and tomatoes. She mentioned draping a trellis netting over an A-frame in order to harvest directly through the squares, which prevents rot damage and rust, and allows for growers to train healthier produce.
To get more information about products like stackable gardens and trellis netting, come to Nancy’s workshop at our next Grow your Garden Series event on February 22, 2017. You won’t regret it!
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Grow your Garden Workshop Series
When: February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
1617 Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
Tickets: $5 for 37914/5 Neighbors
$15 for KGBA members
$20 for non-members
Tickets available @ http://knoxgarden.org/classes-events/growyourgarden/
Our next Career Readiness program, will begin March 21st, 2017. Any individual between the age of 16-28, come to SEEED and fill out an application with Mandy Proffitt. Contact her via (865)766-5185
Job Listing (May change the header)
KEAP Green Church- Green Jobs Project is working with contractors who are training SEEED graduates to weatherize church member homes, while obtaining a living wage.
“This unique project works with church members and contractors who want to support living wage green jobs for SEEED’s young people, while doing their part to reduce climate warming,” said Rick Held, Co-founder of KEAP Green Jobs (Knoxville Energy Alliance and Partnership for Green Jobs).
For more information contact:
Rick Held via (865)936-4492
Scott Noethen via (865)300-3335