Plant a Row for the Hungry - Missouri

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  • 1. Missouri Ruralist - May 2006 17SHOW-ME LIFESTYLEPlant a row for the hungryBy CHUCK ADAMSON peppers, eggplants, squash, onions, gests produce donors bring fresh fruits beets, apples and pears. and vegetables directly to their localL OCAL food banks literally get tons “Most people who live in poverty relief agencies, such as food pantries of processed carbohydrate food- tend to have poor diets,” Kirkpatrick and soup kitchens. That will ensure stuffs. While that’s good, it’s not all says. “Fresh produce is high in nutri- fresh products get to consumers.that’s needed to feed the poor. What the ents and high in vitamins.” The Central Missouri Food Bank isagencies almost never have enough of is one of several regional food banks inhigh-quality protein sources and fresh Distribution centers Missouri. If you are unable to locateproduce, says Peggy Kirkpatrick of the Gardeners are welcome to bring pro- your local food bank, call Kroening atCentral Missouri Food Bank. duce to the Columbia-based food bank, (573) 882-9633. A lack of fresh produce is something which supplies food to 142 agencies Adamson is a senior information spe-backyard gardeners in Missouri can in the region. But Kirkpatrick first sug- cialist for MU Extension.do something about. Mary Kroening,University of Missouri Extension MasterGardener program coordinator, is en-couraging Missouri gardeners to takepart in the national Plant a Row for the Cedars?Hungry campaign. “With well over 100 million gar-deners in North America, it’s obviousto see the impact gardeners could haveon the hunger problem in this country,”Kroening says. “Gardeners can have atremendous impact by just planting a Buckbrush?little extra or donating that extra pro-duce.” The Plant a Row for the Hungrycampaign was started in the mid-1990sin Anchorage, Ala., by the GardenWriters Association of America, ac-cording to the association’s Web site. Itsgoal is to employ the 70 million or more Multiflora Rose?gardeners in the United States to plantan extra garden row or more, and thendonate the extra produce during theharvest season to local relief agencies. “If you usually put in four tomatoplants, plant six to eight instead,”Kroening says. “If you can’t eat allthe fruit from your trees, don’t let itrot. Instead, donate it.” She suggestsMissouri gardeners plant extra of anyof the following: broccoli, cabbage, car-rots, peas, green beans, tomatoes, sweet Stitch the Castle Wall T HE Castle Wall quilt pattern is a pre-Civil War design first published in 1851 by Godey’s Lady’s Book. It was reprinted in October 1931 by the Kansas City Star. This five-piece pattern makes a Thistle 12-inch block. Two medium colors — a dark and a light — plus the background will yield a very distinc- Get Hi-Dep! The “Thistle Killer” – and a whole thistles and iron weed. It can tive-looking quilt. The “strength” of the block gives an ample clue to where it lot more! Because Hi-Dep’s patented formula even clean up woody brush got its name. penetrates and such as buckbrush, cedar, For your copy of the Castle Wall, send $3 cash or money order, made translocates locust and multiflora rose. out to Farm Progress, to: Castle Wall Quilt #149, 6200 Aurora Ave., 609E, throughout the For the money, you can’t get Urbandale, IA 50322. plant and into the cleaner results. Considering Catch the catalog root system, it can how well it controls these For more quilt patterns, we’ve assem- bled a catalog of many of our repub- snuff out the last tough weeds and brush, lished blocks. You can browse through spark of life in what do you have that your own copy of this Quilts From the Past catalog for only $8. tough weeds like Hi-Dep won’t control? To get your copy of the catalog, send $8 cash or money order, made out to Farm Progress, to: Quilt 1-800-821-7925 Catalog, 6200 Aurora Ave., 609E, www.pbigordon.com Urbandale, IA 50322. Hi-Dep is a registered trademark of We thank Karen Bogati of the PBI/Gordon Corporation. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. Pioneer Area Quilters Guild, Ponca City, Okla., for her help in redrafting these patterns for use in our pages.