Planting a single seed can grow into more than just food.
Garden Valley Community Garden
Green Valley Community Garden located close to the Avery/ Mitchell County line, is able to provide fresh vegetables to the surrounding communities.
Seth Nevins director of the project said the project began about 4 years ago by the pastor of the Pine Grove Methodist Church Ken Anderson and members of the church, just working in their spare time and supplying fresh vegetables to their neighbors, that other wise would not be able to afford them.
The garden grew quickly and Pastor Anderson saw that this could become a fulltime community project as many folks were being helped by the garden.
Through the churches efforts, Pine Grove Methodist was able to secure a grant from Duke Endowment and this enabled the Garden to hire Seth as a full time Director and Caretaker.
Seth has been able to find organizations like Project Challenge to help in the garden. Project Challenge is at risk teens and the garden has gave them a sense of ownership and also see the work they do working the garden pay off by providing food to organizations like Rams Rack in Newland and Sheppard’s Staff in Spruce Pine.
Grants also have allowed them to buy 2 electric stoves and 2 large canners that are in the fellowship hall of Pine Grove Methodist Church, this permits them to teach canning to folks in the community and now can store the canned food and give that out as well.
Recently the church started serving meals every other Wednesday night to the community using the canned vegetables. They also make takeout available.
If you would like to learn, more about the Green Valley Community Garden contact Seth Nevins at 828-467-6015