The Community Garden's first season is winding down but that doesn't mean that there isn't work to be done.
Plans are currently underway for next year's planting season as well as readying the produce barn for storing the fruits and vegetables that will be raised in the garden.
As previously reported, the garden was the recipient of a produce barn from the Kennett Rotary Club and volunteers have been working on the building, installing the wiring for the electricity as well as installation of the air conditioner and insulation of the building. Many people have come together donating time and materials making sure that everything gets done. Also, donated was a 52 inch ceiling fan, brand new, still in the box.
Also, the garden plot has been leveled and the planting of greens in the northwest corner of the garden plot was due to take place the last week of September. Greens that were to be planted included kale, turnips, mustard and collard.
At one time volunteers with the garden thought they would be able to use the manure from the elephants of the circus that was in town in September for fertilization of the garden. The Jaycees were planning on making the donation but Mike Milam, agronomy specialist and county program director with University of Missouri Extension in Dunklin County and Jim Baker both did some research into this matter. It turned out that the fresh manure could actually damage the garden. It would have to be composted for a year before using. However, volunteers with the garden were appreciative of the offer.
Future things on the agenda include a luncheon that the Kennett Community Garden will be hosting on Friday, Oct. 12, for the clients and staff of the Dunklin Day Activity Center.
"One of our goals is to involve various facets of the community, so we hope this will lay the groundwork for their future involvement at the Garden," Freddie Graham, coordinator for the garden, said, adding, " Sharon Sutherland is going to talk a bit about nutrition."
Another item is a presentation about the garden to a class at SEMO on Nov. 1. This is being done at the request of one of the students.
According to Graham, Minnie Sanders with the Dunklin County Caring Council, the garden's parent company, has applied for a small grant but no reply has been received yet.