On Sunday, September 12th nearly 300 people lined the streets of Historic Downtown Weston for the 5th Annual West Platte FFA Harvest Dinner. The dinner, which was also put on by Boy Scout Troop 249 raised over $2,600. The money will be used by both the scouts and FFA chapter for numerous activities that they participate in throughout the year.
“The purpose of the Harvest Dinner is to celebrate and promote local agriculture,” said FFA Sponsor Bryant Kurtz. “This year, the title sponsors of the event were Green Grass Cattle Company, Katie Galloway & Farmfare, and Erik Olsen at The Weston Historic Orchard.”
While introducing Mr. Gary Haer, Owner of Green Grass Cattle Co. Bryant Kurtz, agriculture instructor and FFA Advisor for West Platte encouraged community members to teach their children the importance of growing and raising their own food.
He went on to say “People today are less connected to the food they eat than ever before, it is the role of communities like Weston and events like this to help educate consumers about where their food comes from”.
Mr. Haer spoke about the importance of all local agriculture businesses, not just his own. He took the time to thank the Weston Community for welcoming him, his family, and for the amazing support of their new store front, Green Grass Cattle Mercantile Store.
Mr. Haer and the entire Green Grass team takes pride in using grain, raised in Weston to finish their locally grown beef.
After all the talking was done it was time to enjoy all the locally grown and raised products. The delicious meal included beef, pork, potatoes, beets, fresh summer salad, fresh pickles, rolls and homemade jelly. The Scouts showed off some of their expertise for dessert by providing amazing Dutch oven dump cakes that was prepared on main street.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a native plant sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. This sale is organized by the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF).
Six native plant venders will have plants for sale. Visitors can peruse native wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Gardeners can also pre-order from some of the vendors.
“Choosing native plants for home landscaping is one of the best actions homeowners can take to make their yards or property as ecologically healthy as possible, as well as beautiful,” said Carol Davit, MPF executive director.
Vendors will include City Roots, Gaylena’s Garden, Ozark Soul, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, and Down to Earth Services/Green Thumb Gardens. Check those vendor’s web sites for pre-order information.
For information about using native plants in gardening and landscaping, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZV7.
A pedestrian, believed to be a 44-year-old male from Independence, Missouri, was hit and killed by a train along 45 Highway near Oberdiek Lane, Sunday, September 12. the Platte County Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 8:54 p.m. of the fatality.
The man was killed when hit by a train traveling southbound on the tracks along 45 Highway near Farley.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. The name of the deceased party is not being released at this time to allow for positive identification and familial notifications. .
In partnership with local health departments, Mid-Continent Public Library branches across Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics, which are free to attend and do not require registration.
More information about vaccine clinics at MCPL branches can be found at mymcpl.org/Vaccine. Attendees who are receiving their second dose or *booster shot are asked to bring their vaccine cards. Those under 18 must have parental consent.
*At this time, booster shots are for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. To receive a booster shot, at least 28 days must have passed since receiving the second dose, and those who receive a booster must sign an attestation form.
Platte County Clinics
The Platte County Health Department will offer all three vaccines for the first and/or second dose during their clinics. Booster shots will also be available for those who qualify.* More information about PCHD’s services can be found at plattecountyhealthdept.com, or by calling 816.858.2412.
Edgerton Branch - September 10, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Dearborn Branch -September 10, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Camden Point Branch
• September 24, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
• October 22, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
• September 24, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
• October 22, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
• October 8, 9:00 a.m.–Noon
• November 5, 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Owners of the Green Grass Cattle Company were the featured farmers at the Weston Community Harvest Dinner Sunday evening, presented by the West Platte FFA and Weston Scout Troop 249. Members of the family are (left to right) Tim Haer, holding Grayson, owners Gary and Mary Haer, Erin Haer, Becky Haer, holding Hudson Haer, Garrett Haer, Amarisa Haer, and Andrew and Megan Schmidt.