Great things happen here. It starts on the discussion board, and now, here in the blog. On the discussion board, a member by the username â€œPamzillaâ€ (Pam Krumvieda) posted a situation concerning her church. One of the church members wanted to spread MSMA in the cemetery to control weeds. Pam and her husband, Cliff had planted trees in the cemetery and having learned from the Dirt Doctor, they knew that there was a better alternative.
Several people discussed the matter. This eventually led to a road trip made by Gar, (Greg Reetz), Kathe Kitchens, and me to a cemetery in Salem, TX near Malone (about 80 miles south of Dallas) on November 8, 2003. We spread corn gluten meal, molasses, cornmeal, lava sand, humate, and clover seed. We drenched fire ant mounds with orange oil and dug dirt from around the trees that had been planted too deep.
The person who had wanted to spread the MSMA did not know any better. This was the only way she knew to deal with the situation at hand. We went to prove there is a better way. To show her thanks, she prepared an awesome lunch for us.
We had such a great time. We donated time and money and it was very well worth it! We returned to do some more work and to see our progress on 3 April 2004. What a great reward. We planted another tree, too!
Saturday the 3rd of June 2005: Greg, Pam, Cliff, and I along with other members of the Aldersgate Class at Spring Valley United Methodist Church met at the Wesley-Rankin Center in Dallas. Kathe was able to get Advantage Organics to donate compost and mulch. We prepared beds for vegetable and herb gardens. The gardens did very well! Peppers and eggplant were the best performers in the garden that year. There was more than enough to go around! I kept going to check on things, to fertilize, and to maintain the garden for a few months. Now, another group of folks share in this ongoing opportunity of grace.
These times will be a warm memory for me as long as the good Lord sees fit that I have one. The bond that formed between us "Ground Crew Members" will always be special to me.
Kudos to Howard Garrett! Kudos to all the people who care, who make a difference! Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do. Keep spreading the word.