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Church Garden Benefits Members, Community

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Fresh produce and bright flowers are growing in the city of Erie, and today members of the Glenwood United Methodist Church blessed a garden that will benefit both church members and the community. Pastor Patrick Lenox tells us construction began nearly two months ago, and it started from the ground up.

"We had 20 or more members who participated in clearing the lot, making the garden boxes, setting them, digging the holes,” said Lenox. “It was all volunteer and all of the materials have been provided by church members.”

After partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank within the last year, the church has designated two plots to provide fresh produce for the pantry. It also benefits community members who need a little extra space for their gardening needs or perhaps they want extra fruits and vegetables.

"I have so many bushes and flowers in my yard, I didn't really have that much room for vegetables and I don't live that far away," said Kathy Stover, of Erie.

"It's just wonderful that people can grow their own fruits and vegetables and it can be a supplement to their household,” said Sandra Howell, of Erie.

Now the garden provides an outlet for those in Erie to grow fresh, natural, and healthy produce, something Pastor Lenox says is crucial to a vibrant community.

"Everything I read and hear about our dietary process, the foods that we eat, the need for fresh vegetables and fruits are critical,” said Lenox. “In the city, the space to grow plants is at a premium and we had this space available to we decided to put it to good use."

All of the plots and flower boxes were claimed in just four weeks.
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