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Kennett Community Garden planning for next season

Friday, December 7, 2012

File photo Rotary Club members and Community Garden volunteers pose in front of the building donated by the Kennett Rotary Club at its dedication on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
Although the community garden in Kennett is in its "off season" that doesn't mean that volunteers aren't busily planning for next year's crops as well as other activities to do with the garden.

In recent months, garden volunteers donated food and prepared a dinner for the Kennett Business Women of Missouri. According to garden volunteers, the dinner netted $121 which will be put into the garden fund.

Other activities concerning the garden have included Freddie Graham, coordinator for the garden, speaking to the local chapter of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and a class at Southeast Missouri State University branch at Kennett. According to representatives of the garden, there were a lot of questions and a lot of interest shown in the project. The classroom in which Graham spoke was linked to the Malden, Cape Girardeau, and Sikeston, Mo. campuses via ITV.

The idea of "Brown Bag Lunches" are also being considered to help raise funds for the garden. The mode of operation would be that once or twice a month, volunteers would prepare lunches for a local business which previous arrangements had already been made. The lunches would be assembled at the Presbyterian Activity Center (PAC) and delivered to the worksite. Cost would be $7 each.

In other matters pertaining to the garden, volunteers have found a source of paneling that will be used to cover the raw insulation in the Produce Barn. "It was very reasonably priced, so we purchased enough for the job," Graham said. She noted that tie-down material will also be used for the produce barn. Future plans are to have the building ready so volunteers can have a planning meeting there.

As for the garden itself, it has been rowed and been planted with winter wheat. This crop will help to keep the top soil from blowing away and it will also help control the Johnson grass. Graham also noted that David Haggard, who has been instrumental in helping get the garden up and running, reported that two new, larger wells will be dug sometime within the next two months.

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