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Trimble Hot Chili Peppers 4 H Club

Supported by CFI’s Edible Schoolyard Project, the Trimble Hot Chili Peppers 4 H Garden Club provides its young members with sustainable agricultural skills in raising plants for food and profit (and ecological benefit), as well as the culinary skills necessary to create healthy and nutritious meals from their very own harvest.

The club is seeking individuals interested in helping out with the club and implementing lessons in the gardens, classroom, and kitchen. According to Project Coordinator, Molly Jo Stanley, “We are especially seeking an individual interested in registering with 4H as an advisor.  It is a simple process with great rewards.”

The club, known as the Trimble Hot Chili Peppers, focuses on giving the youth members sustainable agricultural skills in raising plants for food and profit (and ecological benefit), as well as culinary skills necessary to create healthy and nutritious meals from their very own harvest.

Their first meeting will be held on Monday, January 10th at 2pm at Trimble Middle School. It will be a casual introductory meeting where the group will organize ideas for 2011, make some food, and possibly plan their garden designs. The group will be meeting twice per month until August with most of the meetings held at 2pm on Mondays.

If you are interested in mentoring these talented, young green thumbs, or learning more about this program and the opportunities within it, please inquire by contacting Molly Jo at mollyjocfi@frognet.net or call 740-593-5971.

 

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100 Fruit and Nut Trees Available Free to The Plains Residents

 

Damage from the storm

 

A local tree planting project working to replant trees in The Plains, Ohio needs donations of $20 a tree to cover costs.  After a devastating tornado tore through the village on September 16, 2010 and destroyed many of the village’s trees local agencies are taking advantage of an opportunity to cover the community with edible fruit and nut trees for free.

Ohio University’s College of Medicine Americorps program (OU Comcorps) will be planting 100 fruit and nut trees on Saturday, October 23, 2010 for the national program Make A Difference Day (MADD). The goals of the project are to increase food security in The Plains, Ohio and surrounding communities, sustainability of local food pantries, and to aid in the recovery and restoration of natural landscape in The Plains.

“Currently we have money to pay for trees that will be planted on municipal land but we need other monies that will pay for trees planted on private land” says OU Comcorps member Kurt Belser.  “$20 a tree will not only pay for the cost of the planting and maintenance but will also provide nutritionally superior food for the families and community for generations.  Please donate today.”

Collaborators include OU Comcorps, Community Food Initiatives, Athens County Health Department, Athens Arborist ltd., and many local community volunteers.  Trees can be sponsored for just $20 a piece, with that cost covering the tree, fencing, mulch, and water. Make checks or money orders payable to Community Food Initiatives and mail or drop them off at 94 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH 45701.  For questions or information contact Keri Brannon 740-593-2274 or Brannon@oucom.ohiou.edu

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