Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

April 28, 2013

Lawrence-made products and know-how on display

Limited gardening space not a problem, workshop attendees learn

FALLSBURG — Participants at weekend workshops in Lawrence County learned about gardening and nature and took home some homemade favorites.

The Lawrence County Extension Office conducted the workshops at the Kentucky Roots farm in Fallsburg. They included “Growing More With Less,” featuring container gardening with strawberries, as well as classes on birds, butterflies and wildflowers.

Jerrie Cossett is the owner of Kentucky Roots. She said one misconception people have about gardening is it takes a large yard to achieve.

“Anyone who came today can take this information home and produce the majority of their food even if they have limited space to work with,” Cossett said.

Chris Hunter is a gardener in Lawrence County. He said the workshops helped him better understand plants native to the county. “There’s a lot of knowledge you can pick up here and take back with you to others in the community.”

Along with the workshops, local vendors sold their foods produced throughout the county, including farm-fresh eggs, maple syrup, jellies and jams.

Cossett said she was happy to see residents learning what local vendors have to offer.

“Why go to Walmart and get honey or jam when it’s available a mile down the road?” Cossett asked.

Keith Moore and his wife, Jennifer, had a booth at the event. They run a store at Savage Farms in Fallsburg where they sell maple products from trees tapped on their farm.

“We make maple butter right here on the farm,” Moore said. “It’s good on a hot biscuit.”

Following the workshops, a lunch was hosted by Stephanie Derefield, Lawrence County’s family and consumer science extension agent. The meal included herbs featured in a cooking class earlier in the day.

Julia Rollins is the county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. She said she hopes the event will grow into something bigger.

“Anything we can do to help promote local products is definitely a good thing,” Rollins said.

SARAH BECKELHEIMER is a freelance writer and Morehead State University student.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0728bank5.jpg Gate City landmark demolished

    The historic Catlettsburg National Bank Building was being taken down after the front dormer window collapsed on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • Local counties see drop in unemployment

    Boyd County was one of 117 counties that saw a decrease in its unemployment rate between June 2013 and June 2014.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726bigboy.JPG Big Boy to open Aug. 11

    The long-awaited Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant will open Aug. 11, and when it does it will be business as usual from day one: the eatery will open its doors to the early breakfast crowd at 6:30.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOAR meeting at MSU Aug. 6

    Morehead State University and St. Claire Regional Medical Center will present Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers as part of a "Health Impact Series" under the new Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.

    July 27, 2014

  • MSU moving business admin. program online

    Morehead State University’s School of Business Administration has announced its bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems has moved totally online beginning the fall 2014 semester.

    July 27, 2014

  • Thefts, fraud reported to APD

    The following information was taken from Ashland Police Department reports:

    July 27, 2014

  • Raceland couple join Peace Corps

    A couple from Raceland will travel to the Republic of Botswana on Aug. 10 to begin training as volunteers in the Peace Corps.

    July 27, 2014

  • Missing Boyd inmate returns to jail

    The Boyd County inmate who walked away from a work detail on Saturday turned himself back in to the Boyd County Detention Center on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0728MoreheadMusic_1457.jpg Hills alive with Old Time Music

    The hills surrounding Morehead were alive again this weekend with the sounds of fiddles, banjos and deep Appalachian voices that help keep old time mountain music alive in a modern world.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bill Clinton coming to eastern Kentucky to stump for Grimes

    CNHI News Service

    GLASGOW — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 27, 2014