When Pastor Martin Hutchison of Community of Joy came up with the idea to create a community garden in the Camden neighborhood, little did he know his project would sprout more than herbs and vegetables. Although it took a couple of years to get the project off, or should we say, in the ground, volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty all in the name of community.
Hutchison says a couple of grants and donations allowed his organization, Corner Church Collective to purchase materials and dirt for the raised garden which is located on a vacant city lot across Camden Avenue from St. Francis School. The human labor is coming from several volunteers including those from Green SBY, Salisbury University, Salisbury City Council, and people from the neighborhood.
Harvest from the garden will be available for community members who volunteer time to the garden, as well as local homeless shelters.
Hutchison says the group’s biggest need now is a drip irrigation system.
Click here for more information on the Camden Community Garden, including how you can donate time or money.