Summerville Community Garden
In the fall of 2012 our church family began to seek practical ways to offer support, encouragement, and development to families in our community who were struggling with homelessness or poverty. While this was our initial objective, we soon saw the potential in also being able to facilitate volunteerism for those who were eager to contribute their efforts and resources. We were also passionate about bringing children and teens into an active mentoring program that would allow them to work hard, gain expertise, and sacrifice for the needs of others.These goals led to the decision to begin the Summerville, GA Community Garden. We were amazed when our amateur efforts began to develop and more people from the county got involved. A church member donated a 5,000 square ft. plot of land, a local boy's ranch to at-risk youth provided plowing, a tiller and water pump were donated, and following an article in the local newspaper, a lady who had recently been homeless and hungry herself donated enough seeds to supply our entire garden. Church members, senior citizens, and neighbors began to plan,haul soil, mulch, and plant. Children and teens drew sketches and offered suggestions about what plants should be included. Neighborhood children stopped by to do a little work in the garden as they passed by. Families who had gardening experience offered their expertise. By the end of the summer of 2013, the garden had regularly provided vegetables to the Hope Rebirth Homeless Shelter, The Well Shelter for Women, local families who were needy or who had worked in the garden, and educational samples. Not only did those receiving food benefit, but the youth and adults who worked side by side throughout the summer developed relationships and were privileged to take part in delivering much of the food.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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