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NANCY KENNEDY/Chronicle
Dante Alexander, 7, helps load watermelons into a truck at “the farm” in Inverness where his great-uncle Doug Alexander grows them. Some of the watermelons will be given to places including The Path and the Mission in Citrus, and the rest are being sold to help raise money for the building fund for the New Church Without Walls.
Ripe for the picking

Ever since they were old enough to bend down and pull weeds, brothers Doug and Clarence Alexander have grown watermelons. 

“First we learned from men like Tinker Allen, John Croft, Lamar Evans and John Thomas, who’s part of the Rooks family,” Doug Alexander said. “Then my brother Clarence and I have been planting them ourselves for about 30 years.”

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