HAMMOND | Living Waters Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the harvest from its first community garden recently with an Autumn Feast of vegetables.
The meatless buffet was "scrumptious and it was enough to feed at least 25 people," said the Rev. Virginia Tate, executive director of the church's GROW Young Parents Center and a member of The Calumet Project board of directors, co-sponsors of the garden project. The Calumet Project is a nonprofit community organization based in Hammond.
The Autumn Feast was paired with the church's clothing giveaway after the gardeners harvested the and prepared the vegetables for the Hammond community.
The church youth who assisted with the two raised garden beds that produced watermelon, tomatoes, beans, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower and green peppers were "overwhelmed on how great the food tasted and that their hands played a major role in the growth," Tate added.
Tate said the garden project also offers a way to educate parents about healthy foods to eat and feed to their children, adding that youngsters will often choose fresh vegetables over snack foods if given the choice.
"The Hammond Planning and Development Department has offered us a lot so that we can increase the size of the garden for next year," Tate said.