In the springtime of the year when things start blooming and greening up, lots of folks just automatically start thinking about gardens and growing things. Well, in the town of Terry in Hinds County, Deborah Gant decided through her Focus on Natural Health Education and Community Development group that there needed to be a garden this year big enough to really do some good for some folks who are feeling the pinch because of the economy.
Deborah Gant: Our goal is to be able to feed, provide fresh fruit and vegetables to at least 30 needy families.
Walt: This past weekend, school agers from the area in association with their church groups and even a volunteer team of students that goes by the name of IMPACT from the University of Georgia, who gave up their spring break and came to Mississippi to help on several projects in the area, broke ground for the community garden. They even had an official groundbreaking ceremony with pictures for the paper and Facebook and everything. Thomas Stuks and Ammarah Mahmud are with the group, and are getting an education about people and America as they do their volunteer work.
Thomas Stuks: When you come to a community that you've never been to before and meet people you've never met in your life and they're willing to open their doors like Ms Gant has today and have us in for lunch and have us do a project like this and be able to do it with people in your own community that have the same kind of drive and passion it kind of fuels your fire to keep doing the same thing.
Walt: The first thing in the ground was fruit trees. Terry Mayor Rod Nicholson in his capacity as the State President of the Urban Forestry Council really likes the idea of starting with trees.
Rod Nicholson: you know that's something that we've done say in the town of Terry. Not fruit trees but just native trees around the high school and just several places you know that were damaged you know for Katrina and some other places.
Walt: Several levels of endeavor are going on here. The immediate is obvious.
Deborah: Everything is free. We're trying to feed those that are in need.
Walt: And the more intangible is being planted here today, too. Something for the future. These youngsters, and even college students, years from now will drive by a mature fruit orchard here someday and remember they had a hand in starting it. And remember the reason for it was to help their neighbors, and maybe that will remind them continue to do that in their day.
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