Missourians wasted no time before registering their vegetable, flower, fruit and herb plots for the 10,000 Gardens Challenge, a program of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. In only eight days, some 1,000 Missourians plotted their gardens and joined the initiative of growing fresh foods in their backyards and communities.
"It is outstanding to see the number of Missourians participating in this Challenge," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "The First Lady and I encourage everyone to spread the word about this great initiative. We want to see Missourians roll up their sleeves and get digging, whether in a community garden, church garden, school garden, an individual garden plot or even a potted patio garden."
Gov. Nixon, First Lady Nixon and the Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler were joined by Tractor Supply Company in supporting the 10,000 Garden Challenge at an event on March 18 in St. Louis. After every 1,000th garden is registered, a drawing will be held for a $500 gift certificate from Tractor Supply Company. A Harrisburg gardener was the winner of the first drawing held last week.
The 10,000 Gardens Challenge encourages hobby and professional gardeners, rural and urban, alike to join in the effort to get 10,000 gardens growing across the state. Whether consumers are growing fruits, native plants, ornamental flowers or vegetables, they are encouraged to register and learn more about planting.
Missourians can register their gardens as individuals or as groups at www.agrimissouri.com. The 10,000 Garden Challenge website offers helpful gardening resources, including tips on vegetable planting, calendars and health and nutrition facts.
Source: Missouri Department of Agriculture