Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Janice Smith, June 15, 2016

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Growing up / Programs at the Lend-A-Hand Center

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Partial Transcript: I don't really know fully how to use these things but I'll try here.

Segment Synopsis: Janice Smith discusses living in Kentucky and Texas as a kid. Her family moved to Stinking Creek when she was in the 5th grade because her parents wanted to raise their kids in the country. Smith and her four siblings did not like the area when they moved back. After finishing school, Smith got married and had six kids. Smith remembers going to Lend-A-Hand as a kid and participating in Sunday school and 4H activities. She remembers making cookies and doing reports. Smith remembers Peggy taking busloads of kids to Lexington to have dental work done. Smith says she doesn't think the Stinking Creek book had an effect on her parents and that Stinking Creek was a good place to raise your kids. She tells of the house where her family moved to on the Creek.

Keywords: 4-H; Dental work; Dentists; Lend-A-Hand Center; Migration; Moving; Peggy Kemner; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Childhood; Communities.; Country life; Families.; Recreation; Rural children; Rural conditions; Rural health--Kentucky

00:11:46 - Issues, opportunities, and future of Stinking Creek

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Partial Transcript: What's it like to live on Stinking Creek?

Segment Synopsis: Smith describes what it's like living on Stinking Creek. She says drugs are a big problem in the community. She discusses poverty and the lack of jobs in the community. She says churches are just about the only place for kids to go in the community. She thinks that the country and farming lifestyle is changing. She doesn't see much of a future for the Creek and farming and gardening.

Keywords: Churches; Drugs; Farming; Gardening; Poverty; Rural changes; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Communities.; Country life; Recreation; Rural children; Rural conditions

00:18:22 - Learning gardening, canning, sharing, and cooking

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Partial Transcript: Okay, we'll move on to the garden questions.

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses beginning to garden three years prior. She tells of how her kids had a garden at the Lend-A-Hand Center prior to that. She tells that she didn't really have a garden growing up and did not know much about gardening before starting the Grow Appalachia program and learning from Irma. She recalls how Peggy and Irma helped her learn to can. Smith discusses how people don't grow gardens as much as they used to on the Creek. She tells how she gives away and shares her extra harvest from the garden. She tells of the different things she likes to grow and what she likes to cook. She has been processing squash and zucchini to be like noodles and using it in different dishes.

Keywords: Cooking; Gardening; Grow Appalachia; Irma Gall; Lend-A-Hand Center; Peggy Kemner; Squash; Stinking Creek (Ky.); Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Canning and preserving; Community organization.; Community-based family services.; Country life; Food--Preservation; Rural conditions

00:28:13 - Agricultural change and opportunities, Grow Appalachia, and the Knox County Farmers' Market

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Partial Transcript: How do you think, um, gardening or--we kind of touched on this, but how do you think gardening or agriculture has changed in the community over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses how agriculture has changed and is not so much of a necessity anymore. She talks about the opportunities through the Grow Appalachia program at the Lend-A-Hand Center and the community garden. She tells about how she has learned a lot. She discusses the Knox County Farmers' Market and how it provides healthy, homegrown produce for customers and also a way to make money for producers.

Keywords: Gardening; Grow Appalachia; Knox County (Ky.); Knox County Farmers' Market; Lend-A-Hand Center; Local agriculture; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Community organization.; Community-based family services.; Country life; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:35:54 - Impact of the Lend-A-Hand Center

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Partial Transcript: Let's go back to the Lend-A-Hand Center.

Segment Synopsis: Smith tells of how Irma treated her cat that had lockjaw. She talks about going to day camp at Lend-A-Hand as a child and meeting people from all over the country that came to volunteer and making friends with them. Smith recalls Peggy checking her when she was pregnant. She tells of how the Lend-A-Hand Center has had a huge impact on her and her family. She tells about homeschooling her kids. She thinks the Lend-A-Hand Center has impacted the community greatly and shared knowledge and provided health services and have lent a hand when people need it.

Keywords: Education; Home schooling; Irma Gall; Lend-A-Hand Center; Peggy Kemner; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Childhood; Communities.; Community development; Community organization.; Community-based family services.; Community-based social services.; Country life; Families.; Recreation; Rural children; Rural conditions; Rural health services; Rural health--Kentucky

00:45:20 - Future of Lend-A-Hand, potential, legacy, and the Dewitt Community Garden

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about--you know this question is coming--what do you think about the future of Lend-A-Hand?

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses the future of the Lend-A-Hand Center and hopes that someone will step in to carry it on. She thinks it could serve the community in a variety of ways including gardening and having something for children in the community to do. She discusses the community garden at Dewitt School. Smith says Peggy and Irma will leave a massive legacy and have delivered hundreds of babies and impacted thousands of people. She discusses really getting to know them the past few years and what a joy that has been. She says they have served people their entire lives and how now it is difficult to find people to work and serve other people.

Keywords: Community gardens; Dewitt (Ky.); Gardening; Irma Gall; Lend-A-Hand Center; Peggy Kemner; Stinking Creek (Ky.); Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Childhood; Communities.; Community development; Community organization.; Community-based family services.; Community-based social services.; Country life; Families.; Recreation; Rural children; Rural conditions; Rural health services; Rural health--Kentucky

00:54:44 - Grow Appalachia Program, community gathering, and garden tour

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Partial Transcript: Alright so, let's--now let's talk about the gardening program.

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses her experiences with the Grow Appalachia Gardening Program and how she has enjoyed it. She discusses getting the word out more about the program and she discusses a community gathering to tell people about the garden. She discusses possibilities for a tour of the gardens of program participants.

Keywords: Community gardening; Gardens; Grow Appalachia; Lend-A-Hand Center; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Communities.; Community development; Community organization.; Community-based family services.; Country life; Rural conditions; Rural health--Kentucky