Conway, South Carolina (WMBF) – Conway’s community gardens are better maintained thanks to some students in the area.
Coastal Carolina University students partnered with City Councilman Larry White to revitalize a long-neglected community garden that has served the community well.
White owns the land on which the community garden stands. In fact, it was the house he grew up in before he inherited the land and built a garden.
It was hard for White to maintain the garden himself, but he finally saw people taking an interest in fixing it. He said it gives hope to the project’s future.
“It’s nice to meet them. I can’t do it all by myself, and I can’t eat all these fruits and vegetables by myself,” White said.
CCU students had no problem getting their hands dirty in the garden. Some were pruning, building water storage houses, and cleaning the free library nearby.
“It makes me feel so good,” says Jared Smith, one of the students who came to help. Come, just stay here and help the garden as much as you can.”
The garden provides fresh vegetables and fruits to those in need.
White hopes the garden will also serve as a learning experience.
“It helps. People get the chance to get fresh food and vegetables from their gardens, and hopefully they’ll have a little piece of land at home and do the same,” White said.
White hopes the program can inspire others to maintain community gardens.
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