Community garden planned

By Terri Ferguson Smith -

MAXTON — Plans are under way for a community garden, organized by St. Matthews Metropolitan AME Zion Church, where residents can plant and harvest vegetables.

Francine D. McLaurin, garden coordinator, said it will be called the Garden of Eatin,’ and a registration and information meeting will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the St. Matthews’ Fellowship Hall. She presented information to the Maxton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

“At this time, we’ve come up with a mission statement, which is that the Garden of Eatin’ will be organized as a community outreach project as an appropriate place to fellowship in the community to inspire exercise and healthy eating,” McLaurin said.

It will also give multiple generations an opportunity to teach and learn, she said, with youth and adults working together.

The fall garden will feature collards, kale, mustard and turnips. Participants should bring be prepared to bring their own tools on days of planting and when creating beds and paths. They should also expect to contribute sweat equity, she said.

McLaurin said the church wants to make a positive gardening and learning experience for everyone. For information call McLaurin at 910-610-5733.

By Terri Ferguson Smith

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.

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