Hello everyone, I hope all is well. My name is Alex Sanders and I am the Grow Appalachia Garden Site Supervisor at Project Worth Outreach located in Menifee County in Northeastern Kentucky. Today I would like to talk about some of the things we are doing at Project Worth Outreach.

Tonight, September 16, 2014 we are holding our final Rowan County participant’s meeting of 2014. We will be holding our final Menifee County participant’s meeting on October 13, 2014. This is the night we reflect on the year and hold our annual potluck meal. The meal usually includes several dishes that our gardeners have prepared that include something from their Grow Appalachia gardens. We will also discuss how things went with our gardens, good and bad. We are also focusing on our fall crops. We have several gardeners raising fall crops this year that include collard greens, mustard greens, turnips, spinach and kale. Many of these gardeners are raising fall gardens for the first time.

It is the time of year where we are focusing on closing out 2014 and looking forward to 2015 at the same time. As we assist our fall gardeners on closing out their gardens, turning in the fall harvest numbers and planning their off season preparation we must begin to formulate our plans for 2015. In 2015, we probably will have fewer gardeners as we believe that we took on a little more that we should have in 2014. We have already began making plans for next year. We have held several meetings and began creating forms and computer files for next year. We have started surveying our gardeners about being in the program for a second year. Even though we cannot provide products and materials to people who have been in our program for two years we have asked several if they could consider being part of Grow Appalachia Garden Program Experienced Gardeners Council. They would be a great asset to our first time gardeners. Many have said they would consider the offer. We really hope that many will accept.

Now it is time to write our 2015 Grow Appalachia Garden Program grant proposal draft. After many attempts this draft will turn in to our proposal. I want to wish everyone luck in finishing 2014 and getting selected for 2015 Grow Appalachia Garden Program.
Please find below this week’s recipe.
Country Casserole


½ lb. ground beef ½ cup chopped onions
1/3 cup diced green pepper 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
½ cup tomato juice 1 (16 oz.) can pork & beans
½ teaspoon salt 1 slice (about 1 oz.) sharp process cheese, cut into 4 triangles


In skillet brown beef and cook onion with green pepper until tender; stir to separate meat.
Pour off fat. Add beans, macaroni, tomato juice and salt. Pour into 1-quart casserole.
Bake at 400* for 25 minutes or until hot. Top with cheese. Bake 5 minutes more or until
cheese melts. Makes about 4 cups.


Geneva Powers