Farm & Food Teen Training Program Blog

Fun With Horse Manure!

Check out our blog with Grow Appalachia .  The teens were busy filling fresh raised beds with leaves, soil, and horse manure in preparation to plant lettuce and fennel.  All this work is through a grant with Grow Appalachia.  We expect a lot of work and growth this year!

OOPPPSSS Time flew by

Wow, time has flown by!  I am just now realizing how long it has been since our last blog.  We have been so busy this past year I was not able to keep up.  I am going to make every effort this year to stay on top of the blogs and keep everyone posted on the wonderful works with youth in Greene County, TN.  So, as this year begins, we have added 10 new teens who are biting at their nails to get started.  They came out this past weekend to tour the farm and see where they will be playing this season.  We are looking forward to introducing these new minds to how to grow their own food and help them grow their own food in their own back yards!

Black Gold

We have a couple of teens who have been working very hard at making the rabbits productive.  They have had their first litter this spring, finished their last rabbit cage, are expecting five more litters by mid-April, and have a lot of black gold available for sale.  They have been bagging all the rabbit manure.  Rabbit manure makes a wonderful fertilizer for your vegetables or plants.  The nice thing about rabbit manure is it is not a hot manure.  What does this mean?  You can apply the fertilizer right to your plants without worry about burning roots or passing any pathegons on.  You can put the manure on and harvest produce the same day, the next day, the day after, and after, and after, and after, etc.  You will not get sick.  Rabbit manure contains high level of nitrogens that a lot of vegetables need to grow.  If interested in purchasing some, contact Debbie at 636-8171 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We are selling bags of it for $10.  The bags are recycled feed sacks.  Wonderful stuff!

Teen Orientation for 2013

2013 is here and we are raring to go!  If you, or someone you know, may be interested in taking part in our Farm and Food Teen Training Program, we will be having an orientation Monday, February 18, 2013.  It will be at First Presbyterian Church from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Come out, check us out, meet and greet other teens who are already involved in the program, and make your mind up.  Don't miss an opportunity and wish you could have and should have.


Adopt a Teen for the Year!

What better gift can you give for the holidays than to allow an at-risk teenager the opportunity to increase his or her food security?

Your donation will allow an at-risk teenager to experience a farm has to offer: gardening, animal care and usage, land preservation, composting, and organic farming practices.  In the Farm and Food Training Program they will gain a better understanding of what food is through growing and raising the ingredients themselves, then learning from local chefs how to prepare it.  Some teens move on to the next level of the training and learn to run their own small food-related business.  Through teaching our youth both where their food comes from and how they can grow and prepare it at home in a more limited space, we empower them to become more self-reliant in providing food and income for themselves and their families.


For $1100 (or $550 will get us 1/2 way there), your generosity will sponsor one teen to participate in our program for a year. You’ll ensure that one lucky young person from East Tennessee gets to learn these valuable life skills, improve eating and health habits, and become more effective young adults in society.

In return, we’ll keep you posted on the progress of both the teen you sponsor and the Farm & Food Training Program in general.  You will receive a bi-yearly newsletter informing you of the impact your donation has had on this young life.  Consider how you want to invest in the future of the region, and make a donation today.

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