Thursday, August 9, 2012

Still not all....

This is still not all from our week at More Than A Vacation.  The Alumni Director and her committee really keep us busy!

Friday began with a presentation on edible plants by a college professor.  Most of the group went on a hike about an hour away, but some of us opted to remain on campus for our activities.

We began with a tour of the campus organic gardens.

We were met by one of the garden keepers with this basket of grapes.  They have come from vines that have been in this location for over 70 years!

All the above pictures are of the garden.

The six separate gardens take up about 1/2 acre of land.  The college food service purchases a large amount of the produce, some is sold at the Farmer's Market, and some is given to the Food Pantry.

Growing mushrooms?

There is even an effort to grow mushrooms!  These are the logs being treated to produce mushrooms.

This is the day that the battery in the camera died, just about at this point.:-(  Therefore, I am not able to show you pictures of the new Field House (never had one of those before) or our trip to Glade Spring for lunch at the Whistlepig Bistro.  Glade Spring is on the edge of a revitalization effort and a nice, welcoming new library is a great addition.  Portions of this small community received a great deal of damage from a tornado on April 27, 2011, so it is good to see such positive signs of rebuilding.

There is still more to share with you about this event, and that will be coming up in the next post.

Thank you for reading.  I appreciate your comments.


  1. What a lovely garden!! I'm sure The Husband had some great observations of their techniques! Oh, and I keep my camera with me at all times, along with extra batteries, as they do run out at the most unfortunate times (I learned that the hard way :-( ). Yes, Glade Spring did not receive the media attention that so many other areas did after that horrible April 27 wave of storms went through the southeast. It's great to know that they are coming back well. :-)

  2. You got some really great pictures. The battery in my camera is rechargeable and it seems to run down right when I am in the middle of something.

  3. What a great looking garden. You are so lucky to be able to tour the place where you used to attend school. What a blessing that is. Love the mushroom trial..they grow them in big barns here- xo Diana

  4. I would enjoy visiting there. What intrigues me are those logs for growing mushrooms. I think that would be something to learn about.
    It sounds like you had a very nice time.

  5. I am really enjoying your college posts. I spent three vacations at Alumni College at Dartmouth and had a great and super interesting time. Alas the programs are no longer held, other wise I would definitely schedule a visit every summer.

  6. Maintaining organic gardens! So wonderful!

    Oh no, your camera battery died, and we don't get pics of your trip to Glade Spring for lunch at the Whistlepig Bistro. That sounds as if it would have been a great Photo Op.

    Hint - Carry spare batteries. :-) They don't take up much space, in a purse or bag. :-)


  7. morning nellie! i am still trying to play catch up on my blogging friends... your mtav sounds like it was a fun time! you got some great pictures even for forgetting your camera and a dead battery. everythings a photo opp for me these days.. enjoy your day nellie!