Tuesday mornings and at other times throughout the summer, volunteers show up to help.
“We have a lot of people ready to come out and hoe and pick beans,” said Janet.
Last week, the Lawsons were joined by other volunteers to get some of the plants they’ve grown from seed into the ground. That included cabbage, kale, okra and tomatoes.The Lawsons' son, Jon, along with David and Linda Inlow, and Cheryl Green with her dog, Sadie, were among the helpers that day. “Whenever her tail starts wagging, we know the spirit’s among us,” quipped Mickey about little Sadie.The garden came about three years ago as an outgrowth of the farmers market that New Horizons has hosted in its parking lot for about seven years. Karen Powell, pastor at the time at New Horizons, proposed the idea.
“We didn’t know where to start,” said Janet.
Nevertheless, it didn’t take long to get into gear. Brian Bays plowed up the plot for the gardeners that first year.
Getting water to the big garden was a big job. Until this season, the gardeners transported water to the garden by truck.
“That was a labor of love, emphasis on labor,” said Hackney. Now, a water line has been run. It will not only make watering the garden a lot easier, it will someday serve a community pavilion that is planned for the site.
The band of gardeners started out with one rototiller; now, thanks to donations, they have three. Two of them were turning the ground last week as David Inlow and Mickey manned the machines ahead of other volunteers doing the planting.
In addition to growing food for those in need, the gardening ministry has a pumpkin patch for the church’s child care. This year, they are growing a sensory garden for the children as well, along with some cherry tomatoes, and willow trees for a carefully planned outdoor playground.