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Seeds of Hope launches garden project

Posted on April 24, 2021

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Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard, foreground, and volunteer Fred Hight deliver soil for a garden box on Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard, foreground, and volunteer Fred Hight deliver soil for a garden box on Thursday.

Jim Howard, Seeds of Hope Wilson's executive director, spreads soil in Tanishia Lucas' new backyard garden box Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Jim Howard, Seeds of Hope Wilson's executive director, spreads soil in Tanishia Lucas' new backyard garden box Thursday.

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard prepares a garden box for delivery to a Wilson resident on Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard prepares a garden box for delivery to a Wilson resident on Thursday.

Fred Hight places a garden box frame in the back of Linda Lane's car for Seeds of Hope garden box deliveries to Wilson residents on Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Fred Hight places a garden box frame in the back of Linda Lane's car for Seeds of Hope garden box deliveries to Wilson residents on Thursday.

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard selects plants for delivery to Backyard Garden Project participants.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard selects plants for delivery to Backyard Garden Project participants.

Genny Howard, left, holds a tomato plant for her backyard garden box delivered by her friend Priscilla Morello, Seeds of Hope Wilson's founder and executive director.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Genny Howard, left, holds a tomato plant for her backyard garden box delivered by her friend Priscilla Morello, Seeds of Hope Wilson's founder and executive director.

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard selects plants for delivery to Backyard Garden Project participants.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard selects plants for delivery to Backyard Garden Project participants.

Ten Wilson families received garden boxes from Seeds of Hope members Priscilla Morello, Jim Howard and Linda Lane as part of the nonprofit's Backyard Garden Project.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Ten Wilson families received garden boxes from Seeds of Hope members Priscilla Morello, Jim Howard and Linda Lane as part of the nonprofit's Backyard Garden Project.

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard, foreground, and volunteer Fred Hight deliver soil for a garden box on Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard, foreground, and volunteer Fred Hight deliver soil for a garden box on Thursday.

Jim Howard, Seeds of Hope Wilson's executive director, spreads soil in Tanishia Lucas' new backyard garden box Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Jim Howard, Seeds of Hope Wilson's executive director, spreads soil in Tanishia Lucas' new backyard garden box Thursday.

Jim Howard, Seeds of Hope Wilson's executive director, spreads soil in Tanishia Lucas' new backyard garden box Thursday.
Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard prepares a garden box for delivery to a Wilson resident on Thursday.
Fred Hight places a garden box frame in the back of Linda Lane's car for Seeds of Hope garden box deliveries to Wilson residents on Thursday.
Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard selects plants for delivery to Backyard Garden Project participants.
Genny Howard, left, holds a tomato plant for her backyard garden box delivered by her friend Priscilla Morello, Seeds of Hope Wilson's founder and executive director.
Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard selects plants for delivery to Backyard Garden Project participants.
Ten Wilson families received garden boxes from Seeds of Hope members Priscilla Morello, Jim Howard and Linda Lane as part of the nonprofit's Backyard Garden Project.
Seeds of Hope Executive Director Jim Howard, foreground, and volunteer Fred Hight deliver soil for a garden box on Thursday.

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Jim Howard leaned over Tanishia Lucas’ new garden box and spread out the dirt.

Lucas is one of 10 residents to participate in the Seeds of Hope Wilson Backyard Garden Project.

Howard, Seeds of Hope’s executive director, thought the project would be a good opportunity for community outreach.

Participants receive a 3-foot square box, soil to fill it and an assortment of tomatoes, peppers, basil and other herbs and flowers to begin their gardens.

Volunteers from Winstead United Methodist Church constructed the boxes from salt-treated lumber. Garden coordinator Julia Newton raised the plants from seeds at the Seeds of Hope House on Viola Street.

Howard said the idea is to encourage households in the east Wilson neighborhood near Vick Elementary School to raise their own produce.

The group has “Backyard Buddies” to assist each family with advice and answer questions. Each buddy will assist three families.

“We have got people who will be going by each month,” Howard said.

Each box will hold about 5 cubic feet of material.

Triangle Chemical Co. helped Seeds of Hope with the cost of the growing material.

“This is a pretty good deal. Whatever they produce is theirs,” Howard said. “We are not even keeping a record of what they produce. We just hope that they are successful and that they want to use it again next year.”

Howard, Priscilla Morello, Fred Hight and Linda Lane made the deliveries Thursday.

Lucas, a Washington Street resident, was ready to receive her box. She has never tried gardening before.

“I’m going to let the food grow so we can try to get us some more food to eat,” Lucas said. “I went for it because I thought it was a good idea. I would like to look out here and see something grow besides grass.”

“We’ve got something to keep us entertained. I love tomatoes with some cucumbers,” Lucas said. “It’s a miracle. I love it. My daughter is interested in stuff like this. I am too. I just never had the time to do it.”

“I think it’s good too,” said Lucas’ sister Sadie Mobley. “At least it’s a start. Maybe I can learn how to do it, and I can do my own garden.”

Genny Howard, another Washington Street resident, said she was happy to recieve the garden box.

“Foot costs are high. People don’t have the money to go get it like they want it. They keep going up,” she said. “We decided to get our own crops started. I love to garden and stuff. I’m used to that. I used to have a garden a long time ago.”

Seeds of Hope Wilson was incorporated in 2014 as a nonprofit in the Vick Elementary School neighborhood. The organization has a teaching garden for educational purposes that Vick students use. The group’s mission is to promote student achievement and make a positive impact on the community.

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