Paying It Forward

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Celebrate with me and win a $100 gift certificate!

Mother of a Hubbard has much to celebrate this holiday season. This blog just turned a year old last month, and many exciting things have been happening behind the scenes since its inception. Blogging has been a fantastic vehicle for me to meet people, including many extraordinary folks who are shaping an agricultural future for eastern Kentucky and the greater Appalachian region. Through my winter gardening workshops and a handful of guest spots on radio, television, and social media sites, my experiences in four-season gardening are beginning to be shared broadly and people are trying it out for themselves. Let me tell you… it’s incredibly exciting to see low tunnels popping up in my community’s backyard gardens, and to receive pictures of low tunnels and winter harvests from people around the world.

Not my winter garden, but that of dear friends who attended one of my workshops. Picture taken today, December 22, 2013.

Not my winter garden, but that of dear friends who attended one of my workshops. Picture taken today, December 22, 2013.

 

My First Giveaway

If you are a frequent visitor to this site, you know that this is my very first giveaway (Hurray!). I’m showing my thanks to YOU — my friends — for your encouragement over the past year, and more recently, for your support of a very worthy charity, Grow Appalachia. Grow Appalachia is one of the most unique food charities of its kind, providing seeds, tools, and training for hundreds of Appalachian families and community gardens in four states. Rather than a hand out, it is a sustainable help up. Founded by entrepreneur John Paul Dejoria in 2009, Grow Appalachia participants have since produced over 574,000 pounds of fresh, organic food!

In case you aren’t following my Facebook page, you may not know that I have volunteered to conduct winter gardening workshops for Grow Appalachia over this past year, visiting with wonderful people in Floyd, Pike, Letcher, and Harlan counties (Kentucky). I also recently competed for Grow Appalachia in the King Arthur Flour Holiday Cookie Decorating Contest, which offered a chance to win donations to food charities across the United States and Canada. I entered two cookies — a gingerbread scarecrow in the “most creative” category, and a gingerbread version of Olaf, the irresistibly-cute snowman in Disney’s newest animated feature, for the best “celebrity look-alike.”

All is gluten free here, from the gingerbread scarecrow, to the veggies (made from flavored Tootsie Rolls), to the pretzel fence (Glutino brand).

All is gluten free here, from the gingerbread scarecrow, to the veggies (made from flavored Tootsie Rolls), to the pretzel fence (Glutino brand).

Olaf cookie

My “backup” entry in the competition, Olaf… also gluten-free, of course.

 

I was very nervous about winning anything, as I had won in the “most creative” category in KAF’s gingerbread house contest the previous year (would they let me win two years in a row?), and also because this competition required a public voting component to qualify for judging. That’s where many of you stepped in, casting your vote for my cookies to make them among the top five vote-getters in their respective categories. Although I didn’t win the $5000 grand prize, the judges selected my Olaf submission to win in its category, earning a $500 donation for Grow Appalachia. The prize also came with a $100 King Arthur Flour gift certificate for the cookie-maker, which I’m passing along to one of YOU!

On December 30th, I’ll randomly select one of you to receive this $100 prize. Now, I recognize that I have a mixed audience on this blog — some of you are here for gluten free recipes, some for gardening inspiration, and others both. In recognition of that, I’m going to allow the lucky winner to have their choice of the $100 KAF gift certificate, OR a $100 gift certificate to their favorite seed company.* So whether you love to bake, love to garden, or both, you get to choose how you want to use your $100 winnings!

 

Entering to win is easy. Simply share one thing that you learned in the garden (or in your kitchen) over the past year, and how you plan to build on that lesson for next year. (I love learning from other people… don’t you?). Please note that comments are moderated to avoid spam, so it may take several hours before your comment shows after you have submitted it. One entry per person, please.

The winner will be randomly selected on December 30th, so check back here (or watch your email) to find out if you won.

Thank you all! Good luck, and enjoy the holidays!

 

*Seed companies eligible for this contest must offer gift certificates for purchase, and must have signed the Safe Seed Pledge.

 

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