Scout's garden in its teens and 'growing' strong PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:16
Scouts work in garden at Klotz's. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Scouting helps in the formation of young men and women in a wide variety of areas.
For the last 13 years Cub Scout Pack 345 from St. Mark's Church has cooperated with Klotz Flower Farm to have a small garden behind the Napoleon Road business. Many former Scouts still return to assist the young boys with the gardening tasks.
George Nicholson, the former Scout master remains involved and touts the garden project as incorporating many aspects of Scouting including God, country, family and self-esteem. "It's all right there," he said gesturing toward the garden.
This year's garden features more than 20 types of vegetables including 10-15 different varieties of tomatoes.
When the Sentinel-Tribune visited on Monday, the young gardeners had just assisted in doing some weeding, planting sweet potatoes and harvesting some radishes to eat.
Elijah Kendrick, 10, surprised those around, especially his father, when he answered what he liked best about the garden.
"Mostly the work," Elijah said. "I like how it uses up the time. You can't think of what (other things) you have to do."
He later said he also likes planting and harvesting with carrots being his favorite crop.
His younger brother, 7-year-old Jonas, said he likes harvesting the corn.
The brothers have helped in the garden in previous years.
Eddie Eschedor, 8, is in his first year of assisting and this he said was his first time.
He said they did some weeding and fertilizing the vegetables.
"I only like to pick radishes. I don't eat them, I think they are hot and spicy," Eddie said.
Providing assistance to the Scouts was Gene Klotz and the Allis Chalmers B tractor dating back to the 1950s.
The tractor is now operated by the fourth generation of the Klotz family. And on Monday, Klotz' grandsons, Ethan and Ryan were the fifth generation to sit atop the vintage machine.
This tractor was purchased by Merle Klotz, a second generation operator of the farm, in the mid 1950s. It was used for a variety of operations on the farm.
Gene Klotz provided information about his father noting how he was "active at Klotz's until the time of his death" at age 90 in 2004. "He was able to get up on the tractor and loved to plow the garden and the lot where pumpkins were planned along Napoleon Road."
Klotz indicated he used to use the tractor while he was growing up to make money by plowing neighborhood gardens for residents in the Fourth Ward. The gardens he plowed are now gone and replaced by apartment complexes.
His sister, Nancy Klotz Germann, would tie sleds to the back of the tractor and give the children rides in the winter by pulling them around in the snow.
Merle's grandson Eric Klotz now uses the tractor at the business to pull trailers load with plants around the grounds.
The Scouts use much of the produce for their own families with extra being "sold" for donations at Pagliai's on South Main Street, Nicholson's business.
He said when produce is available, he puts it out at the pizza restaurant. He expects to have corn, potatoes and other fresh vegetables in July. People can offer donations to pick up some of the produce with all monies going to the Scout pack.
The Klotz family and the Scouts know the many benefits of gardening.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:12

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