Community Church Garden

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The idea of starting the Community Church Garden came from the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference in North Florida. Here, the conference's main focus is to encourage you to figure out what your personal talents are, find a need in your community, and then use your talents to address this need and make a difference in your community. So, as I began to think about my background with agriculture and the National FFA Organization I was thinking on how I could improve on canned food drives which only provide for people one time and for a limited amount of time. The idea I developed from that was to start a garden in order to provide for those who are in need of food so that I could do it every season and continually provide these people with …show more content…
The hardest part of this entire project was definitely the process of removing the weeds from the entire garden because it was labor intense and took a few hours out in the heat. This community garden accomplished feeding the hungry and impacted a plethora of people which included low income families, church shut-ins, local homeless people through the soup kitchen, etc. These people were provided with fresh vegetables and meals in their time of need for …show more content…
There were upwards of 20 people who helped volunteer to work on this garden and hand food out and the garden provided upwards of 50 meals to people in the community who needed food. Thankfully this garden was so successful that I was able to plant the garden again for the fall season and it is planted and growing currently to hopefully benefit just as many, if not more, people this fall when it begins producing. I would also like to continue this garden every season that I can to help the community out and continue to make a difference. Through this, I truly learned the entire process of planting a garden because although I knew the basics I didn't know much about it going into to it. By planting this garden, I learned that hard work truly pays off because I worked persistently in the heat for hours and messed up many times, but when I was able to hand those bags of vegetables to the people who barely had food and see their thankfulness it was all worth it. I would tell other young people to find a need and address it with the talents that they have been given and that no matter how big the idea may seem, if you work hard at it, you will face trials, but you can truly make a difference that will be worth it in the

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