Mary Esther Community Garden
The Mary Esther Community Garden is a project of Mary Esther Green, a nonprofit organization aimed at beautifying the city. Currently, the garden has 23 gardeners, who, along with their families, work on their own garden plots and assist with 10 cooperative area joint-use plots. The cooperative area plots were financed through fundraising events, such as yard sales and scarecrow contests, and include snow peas, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and collard greens. The vegetables will be harvested in the spring and sold to the public. The proceeds will be donated to local churches (Gregg Chapel African Methodist Episcopal’s Open Kitchen Ministry, to feed the homeless) and charities (Covenant Hospice). Not even a year old, the garden has proven to be a communitywide success. It encourages a healthy diet based on home-grown produce, employs the practices of composting and environmentally safe pest management, and gives back to the community by inviting schools, community centers and food banks to participate. The business community and residents have generously lent their support to the community garden by donating money, tools and supplies. Community gardening is about working together. It connects participants of all ages and abilities to nature and the earth. Each gardener has unique skills and talents, whether it’s expert gardening, being handy with a drill, eager to fundraise or simply to promote the vision of the garden at a community event. If there were a secret to the garden’s success it would be threefold: first, everyone has been actively involved; second, the gardeners like and respect one another; third, and most important, those involved are having fun together while doing good work. View the Mary Esther Community Garden on this site: http://www.cvctv.info/channel.php?category=zfiles&channelVideo=4227
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