Disturbed by the notion that millions of people go hungry in a land of plenty, James E. Holmes decided to start a Community Garden Project. With the support of Rev. Jim Long, executive director of the Children’s Home, Mr. Holmes was able to secure use of land on Children’s Home property, and thus began the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Fresh Produce Program.
Dedicated in May 1998, the first crops of turnip greens, collards, tomatoes, squash and corn were planted by a group of eager Young Methodist Singles from Centenary Methodist Church . These and other volunteers returned weekly to water, fertilize and weed the one-acre plot.
Over the years and under the dedicated leadership of Jim Holmes who has contributed countless hours and innumerable funds in support of the garden,volunteers have grown and delivered 90,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Today the garden stretches over three acres, and there's always room for mroe volunteers! For more information, contact Harriet Rhodes, Volunteer Manager, at (336) 784-5770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.