Area youth plant community garden


Dr. Bonnie Preston Harris, program director, discusses the garden program with Everette Hartzog on youngsters before they head out to plant.

Everette Hartzog, master gardener, left, supervises activities as planting begin at the Community Garden on Monroe Street, across from Yadkinville UMC.

The Community Garden on Monroe Street, across from Yadkinville UMC, is a beehive of activity as youngsters of the Summer Enrichment Program of West Yadkin Missional Network begin planting. Everette Hartzog, master gardener, is directing this phase of the program.

The youngsters planted tomatoes and beans last week. Hartzog said other vegetable seed will go in the ground shortly. He has designed a watering system for the entire garden.

The garden has been laid off in grids with stakes for the youngsters to identify their particular plants. They will eventually take their harvest home for their respective family to enjoy.

Dr. Bonnie Preston Harris, pastor of Center UMC and program director, pointed out that Hartzog’s gardening programs are a popular component of the three-year-old network undertaking.

Hartzog is planning a fishing trip on Thursday to the Yadkin Park pond. Volunteers will supervise this, as well as all aspects of the activities.

The network consists of 10 UMC in the West Yadkin region. Participants are bused into Yadkinville UMC on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There, they engage in a wide variety of wholesome activities from community resources. There is a time of worship at each session and lunch is served. A bag of groceries is sent home for the family each Thursday.

The program began June 23 and ends Aug. 13. BB&T will provide school supplies at the conclusion.

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