Giving back to a community from the garden that students have cultivated is one of the most rewarding ways that young people get experience in helping others.
Even in summer’s heat, students from Keep My Hood Good harvested and distributed vegetables to neighbors that they picked in their community garden.
They picked cantaloupe, melon, corn, beans, greens, cabbage, tomatoes and peppers, and then went door to door with adults delivering the fresh produce.
“With this project, they learn to raise their own vegetables, eat healthy and give back to the community,” said founder and executive director Juanita Jones. Keep My Hood Good is a non profit organization under West Tennessee Healthcare.
Community residents can get what they want from the garden. Jones says that she wants to focus on elderly neighbors so that students learn respect and care for older people.
“The citizens here are so excited — especially the elderly,” Jones said. “A lot of them are living on a fixed income, and they can’t get out in this heat, so even just this little bit helps. We’re happy to keep them from spending money on something if we can provide it for free.”