Hey! all you vegetable and fruit growers and the City Council of Kennett, Missouri
Now is the time for all good farmers and gardeners to come to the aid of the tired and hungry folks of Dunklin County, Missouri and the City Councilpersons should give the sales tax money back to the Senior Citizens in the form of a bigger Kennett Community Center where they meet each day and have their lunch and socialize.
The "tired and hungry" should go to the Missouri Bureau of "something that helps citizens learn," for help to become gardeners or sign up for a course in how to grow dandy lion greens and their yellow flowers for salads and seasoning in cooking. Then with the help of the City, have the street department plow up some back yards for the home owners or renters with the approval of the landlords to grow food for their own consumption and or sell at the Farmer's Market.
Lets plan to grow purple hulled peas (shelled and unshelled), cantaloupes, watermelons, sweet corn, tomatoes (green and red), cucumbers, blueberries, blackberries, mahhaws, butter beans, beets, squash, bell peppers, egg plants, peaches, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, okra, plums, nectarines, rosemary herb, mustard greens, turnips, turnip greens, onions, green onions, cabbage, figs, muscadines, butter peas, brown crowder, persimmons, satsumas, Irish potatoes, merlitons, and what ever you think can grow here and plant them. Remember the dandylion greens and their yellow flowers.
Encouragement should be given to the "city councilersons" to give their permit for the season for all gardeners to sell their extra products in their back yard with a permit sign in the front yard stating that fruits and vegetables (even canned goods and bakery goods)) are for sale in the rear of their home. We got to get the lead out and get doing something that everyone can do if they get up and do it.
Last summer one of my renters planted cucumbers and found out she planted to many, so I used the hot water method of canning of the extra cucumbers and some tomatoes, both green and red. Now I have a pressure cooker and ready to go for the coming summer.
If a Senior Citizen at my age of 73 can cook and can goods, then most of the people are available can learn how to grow their own food. Things have to start at home. My parents grew a garden, why not teach children, their parents, and even their grandparents on how to hoe, bend over and dig potatoes out of their own gardens.
The producers of the good gardens and near by farmers should sharpen their plows, tune up their tractors, and get their hands out of their pockets to teach these city dudes who think they should not even think of working, get ready to plant for next Spring and bring their offerings of good health and long life, by furnishing all who are nearby good fresh fruits and vegetables.
Even civic action groups should protest any product that can be grown in Dunklin County be in a grocery stores to be purchased, or in restaurants to be prepare and served to their customers and fast food dives, I mean drive ins who serve eaters that wander through the area. It is time for the good folks to start thinking how to earn extra money through their own employment, and to make a contribution to their own health, earn money and enjoy life.
First, the city should take some time and instead of cutting back beautiful trees like they did on Shady Lane, and help the neighborhoods to grow gardens. With the city push to up grade homes and remove weeds, maybe they should take some of the fines and give awards for this best this and the best that of things they grow. You got to have citizens say, "We Shall Over Come," and "Get off your tail" and "Do It." Oh, I think that last one is about shoes.
Finally, as I said before and I will say it again, the council messed up giving away the Senior Citizen's taxes to give it to a farmer away from Kennett. I said before in these ideas given to the citizens of Kennett, the bonding authority leveled against the Senior Citizens and others was defeated. narrowly passed was to tax everyone 1/4 per cent sales tax for capital improvement, has at least five more years of taxing the Senior Citizens of Kennett for what? I said they did not know at the public hearings on that tax levy proposal, they did not know how much it would raise, and they did not know how much the costs would be. I am right in every way. They built a spec. building on land they purchased outside the city limits with capital improvement tax money and now they will blow the rest of the citizens hard earned tax money.
The Kennett Community Center needs to be expanded or moved so a place that can handle over 300 people at lunch time for the Senior Citizens is needed now along with additional parking. The center is crowded each day with the people who built Kennett and now it is time the city builds a center for those people, The Senior Citizens of Kennett. If the council does not, I can see the "Ole white haired political activists on the phone" calling their children and grandchildren and asking them to vote in an additional 1/4 per cent sales tax for Senior Citizens activities or use in the next five years building a new Kennett Community Center to provide a meeting place and lunch daily for the citizens from the remainder of the sales tax money for capital improvements. The council still does not remember that the authority to bond the "long gone" spec. building in the industrial park WAS DEFEATED BY THE VOTERS OF KENNETT.
I close by wondering why the council moves the capital improvement money to other departments to spend? It would be nice to go to one account and see where are tax money goes toward what capital improvement are being done instead of the money being transferred and hid in other accounts. Is the money then being used for other purposes that is not what the voters approved?
Just a question?
Have a Happy and Do It
Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share