|Updated: 5/07/2012 2:56 pm
||Published: 5/06/2012 4:25 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Fellowship North Church members took their mission to the streets by helping to create a new urban farm to feed the hungry.
It's a project by two community groups: The People Tree and The One. The garden will be called The Field, and its goal is to get rid of hunger in central Arkansas. Food planted in The Field will go directly to the hungry in Arkansas.
"Nothing wrong with helping people. And then, there's nothing wrong with going out and getting your feet dirty. Getting your hands dirty," says volunteer Antoine James.
"Nobody's being benefited by this food system, so we kind of feel like maybe it's time for those of us who apply the Golden Rule to how we live should maybe take over the food system," says organizer Josh Fendley.
Fendley says he will also sell the food at farmers' markets with proceeds benefiting the homeless.
Fendley would not be able to see his urban garden grow without the help he got Sunday from Fellowship North Church. Rob Callaham did not expect this many of his fellow church members to show up.
"I think it's one of the hottest days of the year, so it's awesome, awesome testimony to see these guys out working so hard, so. And I stand behind, truly believe what The One, The Van and The People Tree are doing just for the homeless," says Callaham.
Pastor Harold Nash stopped by to check on the progress, and he's impressed.
"We're really not trying to impress anybody other than what we want to do is to make Jesus Christ famous. To let people know that it's the Christ in us that moves us to do what we're doing," says Nash.
Next, volunteers will start planting and build a chicken coop. They hope to have a fully functioning farm going by 2013.