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Let’s Catch Up

June 20, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Once agin, it's a busy time of year.?Lots of things on the calendar! Let's catch up.

One item that caught my eye is a field day in Algona, hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa. Beany Bode and Joanne Roepke Bode, of Bode's Moonlight Gardens, will share their experience raising pumpkins and produce. The field day is Friday, June 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., on their farm near Algona (2304 140th Ave., about 4.5 miles northeast of town).

There is no cost to attend the event "Pumpkins and Produce in One Multipurpose Space".

Beany and Joanne have been operating Bode's Moonlight Gardens since 2004, raising a wide range of naturally grown vegetables, and the occasional pet pig, on 1.5 acres that include two high tunnels. They recently added a new packhouse, prep area and germination room.

The couple has also added a wholesale pumpkin business and raise 10 acres of pumpkins that are sold and delivered across the state. (Look for the complete news release about this workshop on page 3 of The Democrat.)

Joanne Bode was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Palo Alto Garden Club. She was so exuberant as she shared the story of Bode's Moonlight Gardens. Having heard her makes me want to go see their farm.

Friday is also Palo Alto County Relay for Life in Soper Park. The event is from 5 to 10 p.m. Let's hope for a clear evening, even though there are chances of storms in the forecast.

Relay for Life is such a worthwhile event. So many brave people (our friends) have battled this disease. Teams of "fighters" come together to for a common cause. We hope to see everyone there.

I hate to admit it - but I missed the Firemen Fundraiser and "Hillbilly Auction" last weekend in Rodman. We have attended this event for many years, so I felt bad when I remembered that I had forgotten.

The last Mallard Ducks Pep Rally was last Saturday. The gymnasium was filled to capacity as Ducks came together one last time before the school building is torn down. The pep rally was a great success.

Above the doors of the school are two, large concrete pieces "Mallard Public School, 1917 A.D." Friends of Mallard are accepting donations to preserve these pieces of history. If you feel inclined, send donations to Friends of Mallard, 605 Inman, Mallard, IA 50562.



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