SMETHPORT – In McKean County, Penn State Extension seeks support from local businesses and groups to help gardeners grow their own food and grow their own gardens.
The main gardener program has exhibition gardens at Bradford (Croc Farm), Smethport (Donald J. Natural Resource Center) and Sibil Ken in Annual Gardens in Kine. Master Gardener Coordinator Gloria Wilson said the organization’s mission is to educate the public using research-based information. Best practices in consumer gardening and environmental stewardship.
“We grow vegetables and supply them to local food warehouses,” said Wilson. We have a program called Seed to Dinner, which focuses on individuals with food insecurity.
Classes allow participants to attend a six-week gardening class and grow the necessary materials at home. Next year will be the second year of the program, and the extension will continue to provide support.
Wilson said the garden program also supports educational programs with community youth and schools in the county.
Wilson means “we are completely independent.” We are proud of the Manhour Hour of 38 volunteers who spent nearly 2,000 hours last year.
The extension hopes to find sponsors for other costs related to the Seed Dinner program and the dissemination of vegetable knowledge. All support will be officially recognized by the Passport Extension Office.