One Bell County woman is teaching people locally and even around the world how to garden organically.
If organic gardening were the gospel, Pat Biggerstaff would preach it well.
“I try to give out the info because I think organic gardening is something everybody should do especially now with food prices going out of sight,” Biggerstaff said.
She says it's something really anyone can do.
“After I tell people how to grow your own tomatoes, you hand them a tomato plant, which helps,” Biggerstaff said.
Biggerstaff shows her garden off to hundreds of people a year even recently to a group from Japan.
Internationally read magazines have featured her. It is a sight to see.
In her 42 bed garden she grows something from every letter of the alphabet.
You can find everything from exotic beans to black pearl peppers, which are 150 times as hot as Jalapenos.
Biggerstaff also showcases new recipes every week on 2 different TV shows and she has one book out and another on the way.
She says her love for organic gardening grew out of a basic need.
“During the second World War everything was rationed so you grew your own or you just didn't eat it,” Biggerstaff said.
And now she's sharing her love and knowledge of it to everyone she can.
You can pick up a copy of Pat Biggerstaff's book "The Back to Basics Gardener" at the Middlesboro State Farm Insurance office off 25E. You can also call Pat at (606) 242-2906 to get a copy or for more information on organic gardening.
If you live in the Bell County area you can also check out Pat's TV shows on local public access channels.
In Pineville and surrounding Bell County it airs Monday nights on Pineville channel 7.
The gardening show airs at 8pm and the cooking show airs at 8:30pm.
In Middlesboro it airs Friday nights at 7pm.