CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) -Families in the Wabash Valley can have their “pick ” in a community garden…for free.
Staunton First Christian Church has a flourishing 2-acre community garden.
Anyone is welcome to come and take whatever produce they wish…something that is already helping a large group of people.
Corn, squash, zucchini, onions and plenty more.
All of this in one community garden…and it came about from a dream.
That dream was from a member of Staunton First Christian Church.
Brady Biddle wanted to do more to donate to the church pantry and way beyond..But he doesn’t want credit for any of it.
He says he’s doing this along with his family and church as an outreach to the community.
But, it wasn’t without a tough start…and some pretty hard work.
“We actually had many challenges in the beginning because it was one of those situations where okay we want to do it, but where are we going to do it. So, I talked to the individual who owned the property and just one day out of the blue he came up to me and said hey we’re going to let you use that piece of property for your community garden,” Biddle said.
It was just memorial day that all of this was planted. And since there, already 34 rows of corn have been picked. Of that between 800 and 850 dozen distributed.
“I’ve taken it to some of the local high rises here in town, I’ve also given to the lighthouse mission in Terre Haute, went to different businesses. Last Sunday evening we actually we had a whole truck load of corn and we had some volunteers help evening bagging corn and we were going door to door. We went 150-200 homes door to door,” he said.
And remember it’s not just corn they’re giving away.
They might have pretty much any vegetable you could ask for but what they’re really giving away is compassion for their fellow man.
“It’s just part of the loving and caring environment that us, you know, part of being in a church,” says Biddle.
The first year has been a success. And, if you can believe it, they’re hoping to grow even more with many more successful years to come.
The church is asking for your help with any planting or donations so they can continue to do all of this.
Contact Brady Biddle at BradyBiddle@hotmail.com to find out what you can do.