Monday, October 4, 2010

A Most Significant Food Project

The last two Fridays, and other times throughout the spring and summer, I have been off for the morning to do some food stuff far beyond anything else I've ever created in my kitchen.

Any guesses?

Here's a picture to give you a clue:

That's G in our church's Community Garden:

There are a group of very, very dedicated volunteers who have created a vast garden out of a plot of grass next to our church:

R (before school started), G and I have been honored to work beside them as they have tilled, planted, watered, weeded and harvested an enormous amount of food:

All of this fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce has been donated to low income and homeless individuals and families in Columbus. Does it get any more significant than feeding the hungry?

This past Friday we harvested bag after bag of greens, tomatoes, peppers and okra. And to date, the garden has reaped more than (wait for it)...

7,000 pounds (and counting!) of fresh produce.

I share this to encourage you, uplift you, and hopefully inspire you to do the same. Even with our family's small contribution to this effort, we have been honored to be a part of this amazing group of volunteers! And like most volunteering, we have come away with far more than we have given...



whitneyingram said...

Cool on so many levels. What a great use of a piece of land that would otherwise sit and do nothing.

It also teaches your boys so much about serving others and being compassionate.

And 7,000 pounds is amazing.

Deep in the Heart said...