Church Celebrates New Garden

July 15, 2006 -- 10:30 PM CDT

CASH, AR -- Cash Baptist Church has a new garden on the premises, and Saturday the community celebrated 8,000 square feet of fruits and vegetables.

"We planted all the fruits and vegetables here," said Pastor Terry Simmons.  "Whenever they're ready to harvest, we'll harvest them, process them, and take them and give them out to people in our community."

The church launched a 'Seeds of Hope' community garden program in an effort to reach out to those in poverty.

Several politicians were out to help celebrate the garden.

"We wanted to celebrate the garden that we have.  We also wanted to introduce it to others, and allow the candidates a chance to speak about rural poverty," said Simmons.

Candidates took the stand after Simmons gave everyone an up-close look at the new garden.  He said the corn that was planted has been the biggest impact thus far.

"With our 12 rows of corn that we planted, we were able to give out 108 each bag, a complete meal was in it for a family," said Simmons.

Simmons does what he can to help the poor, and encouraged others to do the same.

"With just a little plot of land, you can have a wonderful garden and give out fresh fruits and vegetables to people in your community," he said.

About 100 people showed up for the big event, and Pastor Simmons said that 'Seeds of Hope' is the first step in making rural areas a better place.