While so many people, this writer included, grow their gardens mainly for themselves, Collierville Victory Garden in Collierville, Tenn. was established to provide food and education to others that need it.
This great service to others was begun five years ago, by Carl Wayne Hardeman, Jimmy Gafford and Jeff Golladay on a tenth of an acre tract, provided by the Collierville Christian Church. In 2013, this tract produced over 6,000 lbs. of vegetables according to Hardeman. This food was supplied to needy families in Collierville, the Collierville Food Pantry and the Memphis Food Bank, through the help of about 20 other volunteers.
The organization statement is "CVG donates fresh, nutritious produce to charity, primarily the Collierville Food Pantry and the Memphis Food Bank, and flowers for a hospice and adult day care facilities. We educate adults and children in how to grow food sustainably and cheaply with minimal effort. Master Gardeners guide our efforts,Collierville Christian Church provides the land, and people like you bless us with time and talent. CVG is one of three Memphis Area Master Gardeners "Plant-A-Row for the Hungry” gardens (PAR)."
Collierville Christian Church hosts the garden as an act of love, and their statement reads, "Collierville Christian Church is proud to host the Collierville Victory Garden, a community project to grow vegetables in an eco-friendly, sustainable manner. All produce is given to the Collierville Food Bank and other charitable organizations. Visit us on the fourth Sunday of every month at 4 p.m. in our "Open Garden"--we'd love to give you a tour! For more information visit www.colliervillevictorygarden.org
If you would like to be involved with the Collierville Victory Garden, please contact the church office at 707 N Byhalia Rd., Collierville, TN 38017 Ph. 901.853.4176"
The GVC gardeners and the Collierville Christian Church are also very attuned to the needs for educating young people in the practice of gardening, and one of their recent events was a Victory Garden visit from the 3rd grade Collierville Elementary School Classes on Oct 21, 2013.
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