Stroke doesn’t keep Harp from garden

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By Wesley Robinson

By Wesley Robinson
News Intern, The Oldham Era

Steve Harp, 54, of La Grange has been known for growing gargantuan things in his quarter-acre garden.

A few years back, he grew a pumpkin that tipped the scales at more than 700 pounds. He said it was the 10th largest in the world for that year. Because of a stroke he had in March he’s had to scale back growing produce and was only able to grow oversized tomatoes with the help of his wife Laura.

“That’s all right,” Harp said of his condition. “There’s people worse off than me.”

Harp can no longer hunt or fish either, and he had to give up his landscaping business, which he had for 26 years. He is in rehab two to three times a week, working to recover.

“It’s real difficult,” Harp said of adjusting to life after the stroke. “I don’t see my friends like I used to. But that’s all right, I could have died.”

He’s been teaching his wife and daughter how to grow vegetables in his quarter-acre garden. The Harps this year are growing and selling 14 varieties of tomatoes.

Assistance coming Harp’s way has gone beyond his family as members of the community have extended a helping hand, too.  One big initiative, the 3rd annual Bologna Sandwich Scramble and Fundraiser on August 31, will donate this year’s proceeds to Harp.

Tee times for the scramble are between 10 am and noon at the Oldham County Country Club. Cost is $25 for members; non-members must also pay for greens fees. The event will feature golf challenges, gift baskets and a 50/50 jackpot.

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