Monday, June 15, 2015

Gross! Camp

  Rural Resources' second session of the 2015 Farm Day Camp  wrapped up on Friday with "Gross! Camp." First through 3rd-graders spent the week learning about bugs, dirt, worms, poop, pigs, wallowing in the mud, snakes, and even cow farts! They smelled, tasted, looked at and touched all manner of gross things. They enjoyed lots of traditional Farm Day Camp fun, too, like playing in the creek and milking the cow. Click on the video below to see some of the fun!

Soundslide Production: Lorelei Goff
Photos: Emily Greenier and Lorelei Goff
Music: Heftone Banjo Orchestra via Creative Commons Music

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Farm Day Camp: Little Sprouts!

 The 2015 Farm Day Camp sessions have begun! Summer camp season kicked off June 1-5 with a flock of Rural Resources' Little Sprouts campers frolicking in Holly Creek and learning about farming, food and sustainability. The week provided 4- and 5-year-olds with abundant opportunities for exercise in the farm-fresh air and sunshine, crafts, planting seeds and an all around good time! Take a look at some of their summer fun below. There is still time to register for the second Little Sprouts session next week. Click here to go to the link.


Craft Time

Feeding Time!

The Garden!


 The Creek!

Happy Campers!

Photos: Lorelei Goff

Friday, May 15, 2015

Grazing for Soil Health Worskshop

     Rural Resources spring season is in full swing and April and May have been busy months! We celebrated the ground breaking for the new facility and enjoyed the annual meeting and land blessing with great food and music (Check out the last post!). The teens on the farm have been busy and so has farmer Melissa. The plant sale took place on May 2nd, some veggies and herbs are already being harvested and sold, and the Soil Workshop – take a look at the pictures below – was a huge success. The farm is gearing up for Farm Day Camps and registration is open. You won't want to miss any of the goings on, so be sure to checkout and like our Facebook page for events and updates!

Rural Resources Grazing for Soil Health Workshop

The beautiful Wilder Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of Greene County, hosted the Rural Resources Grazing for Soil Health Workshop on May 7th, in cooperation with several local and state agencies, and assorted experts. 

 A shuttle provided transportation from the designated parking area to the red barn for check-in, and was available for those who needed transportation between workshop stations throughout the day.

Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Mike McElroy was master of ceremonies for the day's events.

 Farmer Wilder welcoming area farmers to the workshop.


Greg Brann, National Resources Conservation Service State Grazing Lands Specialist demonstrates the effects of rain on different pasture types.

John Snider, seed rep for PGG Seeds, answers questions for participants.

   John Snider answering questions for participants.


Anthony Kheil, NRCS and Kelly German, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist

Mike Hubbs, TN Assoc. of Conservation Districts

Webb Flowers, Grazing Specialist with Clinch Powell RC&D

Milton Orr, UT Extension

Gary Moore, Middle Tennessee Project Manager with The Land Trust for Tennessee

Yummy dinner catered by Top Dog.

Rural Resources' own Paul and Sally!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rural Resources' Land Blessing

Folks arriving for the blessing of the land on April 23, 2015.

Last night, Rural Resources' staff, volunteers, board members and supporters gathered on the grounds of Holly Creek Farm to bless the land and celebrate moving forward with the construction of a new facility.


As you may remember from an earlier post, the Rural Resources staff have been working out of a small trailer, without indoor plumbing, since a fire destroyed the building in 2009. Thanks to funding from the USDA and generous private donors, a new building is in the works! Greeneville architect David Wright designed the new facility pro bono and the groundbreaking was celebrated last Wednesday.

Thursday evening's land blessing was offered by Dr. Dan Donaldson of First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville. Other speakers included Rural Resources' Executive Director Sally Causey, Board Chair Joyce Doughty and Meredith Clebsch, land director of the Foothills Land Conservancy.

Burgers, from locally-raised beef, sizzled on the grill and there was an abundance of tossed salad from the Holly Creek Garden. Cole slaw, potato salad and a scrumptious cake created by Rural Resources' Farm and Food Teen Training Coordinator Debbie Strickland rounded out the menu.

Cherokee musician and artisan Danny Bigay provided a unique musical experience for the evening, with traditional style melodies played on handcrafted rivercane flutes.

A great time was had by all!!!

Watch our Facebook page and website for upcoming events.