Sojourners Community Garden Flourishes
The participants and staff of Generation Now have planted a community garden behind the program’s Shared House at 318 West Main Street, in McArthur. The huge garden, which takes up the whole back yard, was made possible through a grant from Molina Healthcare. A national leader in providing quality healthcare for financially vulnerable individuals and families, Molina makes grants available to communities the company serves. The $5,000 grant awarded to Sojourners funds projects to improve the nutrition of young people and seniors living in the McArthur area.The garden contains several varieties of beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn, squash, melons, and other vegetables and fruits. Community members, especially young people and seniors, are invited to help out in the garden and share the bountiful harvest.
“We hope community members will come out and help our Transitional Living participants weed and keep the garden in good order—and they can take some produce home with them,” said Evette Bethel, director of Generation Now. “We are planning on having parties where we can or freeze the harvest and we would love to have people join us and share their recipes when we do it. We hope this garden can be a real intergenerational project,” she concluded.