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Build It Up East TN

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What were your biggest successes this season?

It's only the start of summer here, but our families and youth gardeners have already grown over 1200 lbs of food! We support low-incomes families to grow gardens in their backyards, children's gardening lessons at our community food forest, and at-risk youth entrepreneurship at the Topper Academy in Johnson City.

What challenges did or does your project face?

We are very fortunate to have a lot of community support for our projects. We've been operating for 5+ years, and while we do face a lot of challenges great and small, we have an awesome network of support that has always come through for us. Honestly, our biggest challenge this year has been the weather, when weeks of rain delayed us from getting the tiller out to our families' gardens.

How are you working to overcome them?

Staying positive and working with our community to overcome any issues we face!

What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?

We've finally gathered a good network of volunteers to provide childcare at our monthly workshops. We work with a lot of families who have small children, and this is a big help for them. We host our workshops at a public library and various community groups have volunteered to keep the kiddos entertained each month.

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Build It Up East TN

Project Location:

Johnson City, TN, USA

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