SHANNON HILLS, Ark. – Learning how to garden is not an easy task, but you can’t tell that by looking at the the Rickey Tribble Community Garden in Shannon Hills.
“We give them a class on how to do it, what to do. We buy the bales, the dirt the fertilizer and everything,” Buck Buchanan said.
Buchanan is a volunteer and works in the garden. He said anyone in the community can sign up to have a spot in the straw bale garden. All gardeners will be given everything they need to make their garden prosper.
“It actually lets them learn about how to garden and those types of things and we’ve had some kids that have been coming out with their parents and that’s really great for the kids to learn how to do that,” Buchanan said.
When the gardeners see the fruits of their labor, they’re able to keep the produce or give it away
“Sometimes it’ll go into the foodbank and we can issue it from there if somebody has so much they just can’t eat it all,” Buchanan said.
The foodbank he’s talking about is inside of the Healing Waters Outreach Center, which is next door. Each week, the center serves dozens of families hot meals on Sundays. Some of the produce for those meals come from the garden.