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Sharing bounty worked before

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When I saw the photo and read the article on the front page of the July 2 Journal about “Cultivating a generous land,” my mind and body made a huge jump backwards to many, many years ago. They transformed me back to my youthful years during the real “Great Depression!” While growing up and living in a small Indiana town, about the size of Auburn, these co-op gardens were a common sight all over town, and also in the rural areas. Although my own family was very small, we had many relatives like aunts, uncles and cousins who all shared food gardens. Usually each family would pick one or two items for production. My dad and I chose tomatoes and sweet corn and traded them to other relatives for other vegetables. Also, much produce was “canned” and preserved for the winter months. Since we didn’t live in a rural area, we didn’t raise cows and pigs for trading. However, many local farmers did trade meat for other items. Almost our entire group did raise chickens for our own meat. This method of producing and sharing of essential food items helped many families to survive the Great Depression. I congratulate these volunteers in Auburn for their efforts to produce and share important food items with others who need it. BILL PFAFF, Auburn