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Ramona Girl Plants Vegetables to Help Feed the Hungry

A sixth-grader at James Dukes Elementary School has started a project called Harvest for the Hungry. And a local club will feature other types of gardens on its annual spring tour.

Faith Knott, 12, was inspired by her grandfather to “feed Ramona’s hungry” by planting a vegetable garden.

“He’s a master gardener,” Faith said of her grandfather, who lives in Oregon. He explained the various crops to her and told her how to plant and care for them.

That led to Harvest for the Hungry, a project Faith is hoping to get under way at James Dukes Elementary School where she is in the sixth grade. The vegetables grown in the garden will be harvested and given to Ramona Food & Clothes Closet and the Ramona Senior Center.

When Faith ran up against delays getting the garden started at her school, she found another way to kick off her project. She signed up for two plots at the Ramona Community Garden on San Vicente Road. This will be an extension of the Dukes garden, especially when school is out for the summer. Faith has a crop of lettuce already coming up and she has planted 50 packets of seeds. She also plans to put in a few tomato plants and herbs. When it’s time to harvest, there will be cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, corn, peas and radishes.

Faith gets some help from her mom, Lezley, and younger brother, Johnny, and a few of her classmates but the garden belongs to Faith and she does most of the work.

“It would be great if people would come out and get a plot in the name of Harvest for the Hungry and do their own garden here,” Lezley Knott said. “It’s not just for kids.”

For more information on Ramona Community garden, readers can visit the website.

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And speaking of gardens, other types will be featured in the Spring Garden Tour sponsored by Ramona Garden Club. No vegetables here, just beautiful flowers and bushes in full bloom at five private residences around town.

Ramona Patch will have more information coming up about the tour, but for now, mark your calendars for April 30. For more information, contact Teri Schmidt at (760) 789-8774.

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