Hello, my name is Alex Sanders and I am the site supervisor for the Grow Appalachia GardeningProgram at Project Worth Outreach in Menifee County, Kentucky.

Today I want to introduce you to a couple of our gardeners. The first gardner is Donnie Brown and wife, Linda, who are experienced gardeners but this is their first year in Project Worth Outreach/Grow Appalachia Garden Program. Their garden is 100′ x 80′. This is quite a large garden for 2 people to undertake but they do a really good job of taking care of their garden.  Donnie and Linda’s garden has yielded a harvest of 2 pecks of spinach, 12 pecks of lettuce, 7 pecks of green onions, 38 pecks of potatoes, 15.5 pecks of summer squash,11 pecks of cucumber, 3 pecks of broccoli, 3 pecks of peas, 2.5 pecks of tomatoes, 13.5 pecks of green beans, 11.5 pecks of corn and 1 peck of radishes. They shared 1 peck of lettuce,1.5 pecks of broccoli, 1 peck of summer squash, 1 peck of peas, 1 peck of green onions and 1 peck of potatoes with 7 people.  They still have lots of produce left in the field and have already started their winter garden. Additionally, Donnie and Linda canned 187 quarts of assorted produce. Theyfroze 60 ears of corn.  They also dried apples, squash, potatoes and tomatoes.  Donnie and Linda also shared 12 quarts canned produce with 7 people.  They have informed us that that are very interested in participating in Project Worth Outreach/Grow Appalachia Garden Programagain next year.

Our second gardener featured today is Donnie and Linda’s son,  Rodney, and his wife, Kelli, participating in Project Worth Outreach/ Grow AppalachiaGarden Program for the first time this year and their garden is 800 to 1000 square feet andhas yielded a harvest of 44 pecks of green beans, 16 pecks of tomatoes, 10 pecks of cucumbers, 10 pecks of corn and 3 pecks of green onions.  They still have lots of produce left in the field.  Rodney and Lindahave canned 190 quarts of green beans, 44 pints of tomatoes and 22 pints of cucumber relish. They also have shared 15 pecks of green beans, 5 pecks of tomatoes, 3 pecks cucumbers and 3 pecks of corn with 5 people.

In a closing note, I would like to mention that before this year the Browns, Donnie, Linda, Rodney or Kelli, had never canned or dried anything.  I believe this is very impressive and exemplifies the spirit and mission ofthe Project Worth Outreach/Grow Appalachia Garden Program.  Well done.  We salute you for all you efforts.  It has been a pleasure to assist the Browns in their gardening efforts this year and we are looking forward to doing the same next year.

Hope everyone has a great week in their garden this week.