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Growing Warriors e-newsletter Issue 1

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.

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