Take 250 pounds of manure and two truckloads of soil, mix with vegetables, and add employee dedication to get a garden we hope will produce all summer for our neighbors at Pilgrims’ Inn.
Called the “Giving Garden,” the project is one of several planned by employees to celebrate our 60th anniversary.
Pilgrims’ Inn provides shelter for homeless women and their children. The agency on West Main Street also provides a day care, emergency assistance and transitional housing.
“The Inn’s food pantry distributes a tremendous amount of non-perishable food to local families each week,” said Stephanie Garrett, Promotions Manager who planned the garden. “Our Giving Garden will help provide them with some fresh produce as well.”
Stephanie led six other employees April 13-14 in planting the 900-square-foot garden at the Family Trust Center in Rock Hill. They tilled the earth and fertilized before planting lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, turnips, bell peppers and carrots. Marigolds were added to help repel bugs.
Product Manager Katie Stacks, whose two daughters helped, said it was important to help Pilgrims’ Inn. "We drive by the facility every day to and from work, so it’s gratifying to get involved and help where we can. What better way to give back than to literally get our hands dirty?”
The project is one of several being conducted by employees, who also are participating in kickball and dodge ball tournaments for Renew Our Community and the Children’s Attention Home, collecting supplies for Family Promise, and walking in Relay for Life in Clover.