MOTHER’s Chapter Report: Community Involvement in Clay, New York

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"I guess that just goes to show what we hardworking homesteaders can do when we put our heads (and hands) together."

MOTHER’s Chapter Report shares community Involvement in Clay, New York, where a garden for the needy is established by MOTHER’s local chapter volunteers.

MOTHER’s Chapter Report: Community Involvement in Clay, New York

Here’s some inspiring news from a fledgling chapter in Clay, New York. The club (although it’s still trying to get all its state requirements processed) has proved that its newly assembled membership has what it takes to tackle and successfully see a community-oriented project through to completion. As Mary MacKenzie of the Clay group put it in a recent newsletter:

“Saturday, June 12th, one of our members came up with the terrific idea that we should create and maintain a garden and donate its produce to the needy. Once the suggestion hit the floor, it didn’t take long for a couple who’d just become members of our chapter to offer their land . . . and then someone else’s hand shot up, and suddenly we had seeds for our proposed project. Pretty soon the whole room was buzzing with volunteers . . . folks were pledging their help in planting, weeding, harvesting, or whatever was necessary to be sure the idea developed into a full-fledged happening.

“By Sunday the land was plowed . . . on Monday it was disked, for good measure . . . and come Wednesday night the garden was completely planted. In addition to the seeds that had been promised, other folks donated 196 tomato plants, 72 pepper plants, and 72 cabbage plants. We put in about 800 feet of sweet corn . . . several varieties of squash, pumpkins, and broccoli . . . and more!

“Whew! It was a lot of work, yet it took our group of 12 people (six adults and six exceptionally diligent youngsters) a mere 2-1/2 hours to complete all that planting!

“I guess that just goes to show what we hardworking homesteaders can do when we put our heads (and hands) together. Why, think how easy it would’ve been if each of us had planted our own garden back in the spring with all that help … and then pitched in — in turn — when others worked their plots.

“It was especially nice, once all the stooping over in the hot sun and joking-while-you-work activity was done, to gather in a cool kitchen and enjoy cold drinks and munchies prepared by still other members.

“Our garden proves to us that — even though our chapter may be a young organization — we sure can get a heck of a lot done!”


The following is a listing of times, dates, and locations — or a source of information — for chapter organizational meetings. To start a chapter in your area, write to MOTHER’s Chapters, Hendersonville, North Carolina.

ALASKA, Fairbanks
October 9

CALIFORNIA, Atascadero
Call for information

September 26 (2:00 p.m.)
Coley farm

FLORIDA, Seminole County
1st & 3rd Thursday each month (7:30 p.m.)
Seminole Community College

October 20 (7:00 p.m.)
Nebraska Avenue United Methodist Church
Hager Hall

October 2 (8:00 p.m.)
County Extension Auditorium

IDAHO, Boise
September 25 (10:00 a.m.)

INDIANA, South Bend
4th Sunday each month (2:00 p.m.)
St. Joseph Bank Branch basement
Call for confirmation

October 12 (6:30 p.m.)
Potluck dinner
Livonia Community Building
(Northwest corner of square)

NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque
October 10 (11:00 a.m.)
Potluck brunch

OHIO, Cardington
September 25 (1:30 p.m.)
Cardington General Store

OHIO, Columbus
Call for information

September 15
Herron House

ONTARIO (CANADA), Willowdale
October 12 (7:30 p.m.)
North York Public Library basement

PENNSYLVANIA, Sassamansville
October 2 (4:00 p.m.)
Scheidell residence

September 11 (7:00 p.m.)
Reed residence

TEXAS, Denton
September 21 (7:30 p.m.)
North Texas Savings & Loan

UTAH, Salt Lake City
September 27 (6:30 p.m.)
Chapman Library