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Have you visited our garden lately? The cucumbers are off and running. The tomatoes are staked and climbing. The peppers are abundant and the squash is showing off. There are even blueberries on our bushes! It is gratifying to know that our experiment in gardening provides healthy food for hungry people.

As our garden continues to flourish, soon it will be harvesting time, and we as a church community will inch closer to our goal of providing fresh produce and expanding our healthy choice offerings to our food pantry clients. Healthy foods, when purchased retail, are expensive compared to the more common packaged foods. We already strive to provide fresh produce for our families, when it is available, but there is always a critical need to increase the amount of fresh produce available for distribution to our clients. Our garden makes this happen.

Expansion plans are underway with the award of a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Plans for a winter garden are beginning to take shape. With your help, the dream of a year-round garden is soon to become a reality. Calling all gardeners, we need you!