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Posted 7/22/2013 3:44pm by Mark Walden.

2013 Newsletter, Edition 11




Zucchini  * Chard * Cucumbers 


Cylindra Beets 


Onions * Chard * Cucumbers * Basil * Arugula 


June Apples 

Dozens of Recipes Now On Our Website

We created a page with dozens of recipes specifically for vegetables included in this week’s basket. We chose quick and easy recipes with few ingredients or master recipes that can be used with many different kinds of vegetables. We also included some vegetable basics including storage and preparation tips. You can search the recipes by clicking on the vegetable’s name on the left sidebar. We have access to a database of thousands of recipes from C.S.A. farmers around the country so if you are not seeing what you need, please let us know and we will track something down for you. Also, if you have a recipe to share please send it our way so we can pass it on. You’ll find the recipes page under the C.S.A. tab of our website or you can go to  


I know that some of you may be heaving a anguished sigh at the sight of these two appearing in the basket again. Being a C.S.A. partner means riding alongside the farmers and this is what nature is giving us these days. Our warm weather crops are coming along but the frost on and off through May gave them a rough start so we ask you to bear with us. Here’s a recipe that pairs beets and greens in a tasty way to help ease the ride.

 Greens with Beet Vinegar

2 large or 3 med. Beets

1 c. rice vinegar

3 tbs. sugar or honey

½ tsp lemon juice

Sour cream or yogurt

1 large bunch greens (chard, arugula, beet greens)

Cook the beets and remove skins. Puree with . rice vinegar, sugar or honey, lemon juice and pepper. Simmer puree 5 min in saucepan and cool. Meanwhile, chop & stem greens. Steam until tender and drain. Toss with butter and a little pepper to taste. Arrange the cooked greens on serving platter, spoon over some of the beet vinegar (to taste) and garnish with a generous dollop of sour cream or yogurt.

Eating Locally All Year Long

For those of you who have joined AoH in order to buy more of your food locally, a reminder about the lean months of January-March. Because of the poor light quality during that time of year, it is quite difficult to grow food in Kentucky even in a warmed green house, an expense very few local farmers can afford. So, now is the time to prepare for those lean winter months.

June apples are coming in and our friend, Darrell Harrison has a bumper crop. Besides being in the C.S.A. box this week, they will be available in the Buying Club this week-end at bulk discounts.

Fellow C.S.A. farmers from Breezy Willow Farm in Maryland claim that you can freeze  apples whole or sliced to be used in pies, baked goods and sauce later in the year. Saucing apples is very easy where you do little more than peel, core and heat the apples with a little water until they get mushy. Applesauce can be canned or frozen. Instructions for both freezing and saucing apples are on our website on the recipes page.


Anyone who has spent time in Berea will certainly know Darrel Harrison who is supplying C.S.A. members with June apples this week. I’m from Richmond so he was new to me and I naively asked about his life. He modestly described himself as care taker for Owsley Fork Lake. Seeing that this is Berea’s main source of drinking water, this role is vitally important but as the interview progressed, it became evident that he has played many other roles beyond the reservoir. And I mean many roles…in local and regional theatre, in voiceovers and in movies.

 If you worked at or attended Berea College you may have known him in another role as director of campus security or perhaps as P.E. instructor of martial arts.  Having had a few aggressive P.E. teachers in my past, I found that pairing  a little  intimidating until he told me that he is now retired and runs Cedar Haven Wellness and Arts Center in Berea. As I perused through the website ( I saw offerings of banjo & guitar lessons, tai chi and yoga of which Darrel is an instructor.

 So your apples this week are from a martial artist, P.E. instructor, security officer, actor, yogi, wellness advocate…and orchardist. Now, how ‘bout those apples!

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Posted 6/6/2013 2:10pm by Mark Walden.

Memo:  Growing Warriors e-newsletter                                         Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of the monthly Growing Warriors e-newsletter!  

Growing Warriors from Madison and Rockcastle Counties (Kentucky) have been meeting since Janurary.  Finally, the ground is broken and the beds are in place.  Last week we finished filing them with compost and now we want to INVITE EVERYONE to


The Dedication of Berea’s new

Growing Warriors Veterans’ Garden

Support our Veterans - Join us:

Monday, June 10th

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Local Salad with all the fixings for Supper – Donations support Growing Warriors’ projects.

Pauline Drive, Berea, KY

From I-75 take exit 77.  Turn west onto 595.  Go 0.7 miles and turn right on Pauline Drive.  The new garden will be on your left.


Call 606-392-3312 or email for more information.  RSVP for groups over five.


June 14th Growing Warriors will be breaking ground with our partner Grow Appalachia site - St. Vincent's Mission, buidling 10 new beds at the community garden on the Big Sandy Community and Technical College campus.  Up to four unemployed veterans will receive paid internships to learn gardening and tend the beds with Todd Howard.  The produce will be donated to a local food bank.

Want to see what is happening at all of the Grow Appalachia sites - including Growing Warriors?  Check out the blogs at!

GW also broke ground at Peacemeal Gardens at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  This is a great location for us because it borders the Lexington VA.  The response has been enthusiastic to fill the beds.  Volunteers from the University of Kentucky assisted in the initial ground-breaking (quite literally) and last week we finished framing up the beds.  Thanks to Peacemeal Gardens for donating the site.

Earlier this spring GW assited Joey Fields' family in raising a high tunnel for growing cut flowers and dug beds and planted onions with volunteers from Loyla college for Gaining Ground farms.

Did you know that you can donate a CSA to God's Food Pantry?  Go to our website: for more information.

The Growing Warriors Project is a program to train, assist, and equip veteran families with the skills, tools, and supplies needed to grow high-quality, naturally-grown produce for their families, their communities, and their country. This is an opportunity for veterans to serve their communities in a new roll - as true nation builders - literally from the ground up - family by family and region by region.

Posted 4/22/2013 10:15am by Mark Walden.

Through a most generous donation of plots at the Peace Meal Community Garden in Lexington, Growing Warriors has added a new community garden site. The Garden is right next door to the Leestown Road V.A. facility and accessed through the Bluegrass Community Technical College. Read more..

Posted 4/22/2013 10:12am by Mark Walden.

On March 13th, Growing Warriors and Grow Appalachia held a high tunnel workshop at the home of Joseph and Heather Fields from Berea. “Joey” is a veteran of three (3) service tours in Iraq. Along with his wife Heather their young son (and one on the way) they are step by step developing their homestead into a sustainable production farm and a revenue generator that would allow Joey to spend more time on the homestead. Read more…

Posted 4/18/2013 6:04am by Mark Walden.

How did Growing Warriors get started and why? Mike Lewis speaks to University of Kentucky News 16 about the Growing Warriors program. Look for Acres of Harvest farmer, Jane Herrod, setting up the green house where they have begun growing micro-greens for area restaurants. 

Posted 4/14/2013 6:05am by Mark Walden.
Acres of Harvest, C.S.A and Buying Club, the local food market of Growing Warriors, is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Madison County Food Bank to make it possible for you to purchase fresh, local food from area farmers and donate it to God’s Outreach Food Bank. This joint effort will help  farmers find a more stable market for their products and get highly nutritious food  to those who need it most.
You can direct all or part of a C.S.A. share or a Buying Club order to God’s Outreach. Purchase a share on your own, with a group of friends or encourage your church or other organization to sponsor a share. One share will provide a weekly basket of fresh, seasonal produce in a quantity that would give a family of four a healthy daily serving of fresh vegetables and fruit.

The Buying Club gives access to our on-line store where you can order a wide variety of locally produced seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as the much needed protein of fresh eggs, grass fed beef, pastured pork or dry beans. You can place your order on-line and we will coordinate the rest. See our "Hunger Relief" section of this website for more information about the “Help Farmers Help the Hungry” program.
Posted 2/17/2013 3:42pm by Mark Walden.

I attended a press conference at Boone National Guard Center yesterday. The press conference was called by the Kentucky department of Agriculture and commissioner James Comer to launch two new programs in Kentucky. Grow Appalachia was well represented at the conference: Suzi Van Etten – Director of Appalachian Science in the Public Interest (ASPI) – Mike Lewis – director of the Growing Warriors Project – Mark Walden – Assistant director – Grow Appalachia and assistant director of the Growing Warriors Project. Also in attendance were 3 program participants in the Growing Warriors Project who will also have the opportunity to use the new labeling.

Click here for the full blog entry.

Posted 2/17/2013 3:40pm by Mark Walden.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Today, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement of support for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and the effort to re-introduce industrial hemp into Kentucky agriculture. Leader McConnell’s office issued the following statement:

“After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real, and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times, that sounds like a good thing to me.”

Click here for the full article.

Posted 2/17/2013 3:39pm by Mark Walden.

Former Army Sgt. Adam Burke, 35, prefers to view the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal as recognition of the war-weary veterans who are healing and learning how to make a living at the Veterans Farm he founded on the Westside.

Continue reading here.

Posted 2/17/2013 3:34pm by Mark Walden.

HIPPO, Ky. — This winter has been a busy time for Floyd County farmer Todd Howard.

Like any farmer, he has been busy starting seeds in his greenhouse and plotting his strategy for the upcoming growing season.

As reported previously, he has been working with Appalachian Roots and Community Farm Alliance to conduct a local foods assessment that will identify strengths and weaknesses in Floyd County food production and consumption...Click here for whole article.