Church plans to share new garden’s yield

Published 2:39 am Saturday, April 20, 2019

Members of the Andalusia Church of God hope Good Friday plowing – soon to be followed by planting – will reap an abundant harvest for those in need.

Pastor Wesley Cooper said church members decided to plant a community garden this year, and plan to share what they grow with those who need it and will come and pick it.

“We have a lot beside the church we are plowing up for a community garden,” he said. “We plan to be open to anybody.

“We’re planting tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, beans and peas, probably cantaloupe, and watermelons,” he said. “It will be huge.”

Cooper said the idea was on his heart.

“The Lord was telling me to reach out to the community,” he said. “We have a new guy in the church, and he had the same idea I did. We took it before the church, and 100 percent voted for it.”

Cooper said preliminary plans are to have the garden open for a few hours in the mornings and afternoons once the vegetables and fruits are ripe.

“We’ll have somebody there to help if people aren’t able to pick,” he said.

“ We just want to bless the community,” he said. “We’re not seeking anything in return.”

The church is located just off Brooklyn Road.