Tell us your story! Do you grow food in Mitchell or Yancey County, or know someone who does? Do you have stories or tips to share? Fond memories from a garden grown in the mountains? Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension want to hear from you. Now more than ever, we need stories of planting, harvesting, cooking, and preserving; favorite varieties and recipes; examples of plenty, generosity, and sharing between neighbors.

The stories you share will make up a picture of our two counties, showing how we can help provide for ourselves and each other. Pictures, text, and voice recordings are all welcome. They will be shared online as a record of resilience in these uncertain times.

To participate:

Complete the form at, upload an image or video if you have one, or call with a story about yourself or someone you know growing food.

By submitting a story, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

You are at least 18 years old. (If you are under the age of 18, you must submit your story through a parent or legal guardian.)

Submit only what is yours to share, so that the Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension may use your submission without the need for any additional permissions. Do not submit other people’s copyrighted material or information. (Important exception: If you are a parent or legal guardian submitting on behalf of your child or ward, mention that in your email.)

Submit only what you are comfortable with sharing publicly. Do not submit personal or other information that you would not want made public. Understand that if Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension shares your story publicly on social media sites, those operate independently of these organizations and user commentary with which you disagree could be associated with your story. If selected for use in the Initiative, Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension will only post online your first name and last initial.

By making a submission, you are giving Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension permission to use it in whole or part in connection with this public storytelling initiative, as well as exhibitions, public programming, archival use, research, philanthropic-fundraising, publications, publicity, websites, and social media uses on Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension platforms and on those where Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension maintains a presence. At the end of the Project, the Contribution will be archived or disposed of according to then-applicable practices.

Do not submit files that contain anything harmful on them (e.g. computer viruses), or stories that are off-topic, partisan-political, or use expletives. You are solely responsible for your submission and any consequences of submitting it. Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension shall not be responsible or liable for any breach of these terms and conditions by you, claims by a third party that your submission violates the third party’s rights, or claims by you that a third party is misusing your submission.

Once you make a submission, Dig In! and Mitchell County Cooperative Extension review it for compliance with these rules. These organizations may, but are not obliged to, edit submissions for grammar, spelling, and/or insignificant profanity. We are under no obligation to keep, share, or in any way use any submission. We may also may contact you to request additional information about your story.

If you have questions about any aspect of these terms and conditions, you may contact Dig In! at or call (828) 419-0657‬