Rhonda West reporting for Scott County. This week I want to introduce you to a special couple, Carl and Beverly Daughtery, who are first year participants in the Grow Appalachia program. Carl’s productive garden enabled him to share some of his harvest with the Scott Christian Care Center to assist families in need of food pantry services. Families in need visit the Center every Tuesday to pick up food.
Carl also shared some of his tomato harvest with a family member who made salsa. She entered her famous salsa in the fair last week and it won a first place blue ribbon! Carl entered some items into the fair and won some blue ribbons himself.
They also donated lavender and basil to the “Nicely” kitchen at the Center to aide in the manufacturing of hand scrubs in the “Nicely Done” products. “Nicely Done” products are sold to the community and revenue is reinvested in various ministries throughout Scott Christian Care Center.
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Below Carl weighs in on how the Grow Appalachia program has benefited his family:
“Two years ago, my wife and I moved back to the farm where I was raised. Back then, my mom and dad grew about everything we ate either from the garden or through the many animals they raised. I wanted to try gardening myself to have better quality foods to eat, and to be able to give food to neighbors and friends. I have two gardens, one down in the field (which seems to be the place all of the wild animals come to feed), and a 40-x40′ garden close to the house. I enjoy gardening-since I am retired, it gives me peace and joy. It also seems to make everyone that I give the produce to very happy. The Grow Appalachia program taught me to can this year. I have made v-8 juice, blackberry jam, and have put up corn, green beans, and lots of tomatoes. I hope to become an even better gardener in the future. Having organic, non-pesticide and non-hormone food is very important to me.”
We would all like thank Carl and Beverly for all the joy they bring to us!