Zion Hill First Bap­tist creat­ing a com­mu­nity gar­den for all

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

The team at Zion Hill First Bap­tist Church is once again look­ing to help their lo­cal com­mu­nity, and this time they’re plant­ing a com­mu­nity gar­den be­hind their church at 828 MLK Jr. St, Rock­mart.

The fes­tiv­i­ties are set to be­gin on April 20 at 10 a.m., and the group plans to grill ham­burg­ers and hot dogs for any vol­un­teers who want to help out.

“We hope to pro­vide fresh, free pro­duce to the low-in­come fam­i­lies and se­niors in our com­mu­nity,” the church’s An­gela Allen said. “A boun­ti­ful har­vest could even help our lo­cal food pantries and the Rock­mart Home­less Ini­tia­tive. We also want to pro­vide a wel­com­ing green-space to fos­ter fel­low­ship amongst all re­li­gions, age groups, and eth­nic­i­ties — any­one can come out and help us plant, main­tain, and har­vest this gar­den. It will truly be­long to the com­mu­nity.”

Mem­bers of Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful, the Young Farm­ers of Amer­ica, and both high school agri­cul­ture teach­ers have agreed to help or­ga­nize and man­age the event. Polk County Extension Co­or­di­na­tor Ricky Ens­ley has also pro­vided in­for­ma­tion and re­sources.

“We would like to in­vite any mas­ter gar­den­ers in town to lend their ex­per­tise to the project, also,” Allen said. “All we need now are some vol­un­teers. In light of ev­ery­thing that has gone on re­cently in our neigh­bor­hood, we want to pro­vide a whole­some al­ter­na­tive for our youth to fo­cus on.”

Those in­ter­ested in more in­for­ma­tion about the church and its ac­tiv­i­ties can visit https://www. face­book.com/Zion-Hill-1st-Bap­tist-Church-817202288346737/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Ef­forts are un­der­way to pre­serve Braswell Methodist Church just across the Pauld­ing County line.

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