New Hope's Community Garden flourished
Members of New Hope Baptist Church near Caraway raised a bumper crop garden to share with the community.
Corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, egg plant, peas, potatoes and more were planted, watered and cared for on 3 and 1/2 acres behind the church.
It was a joint effort for an outreach ministry to others.
Randy and Kim Couch had farmed the land for the church raising cotton but they thought raising a community garden might be a better use of the land.
A bumper crop is an understatement of the corn harvested from the community garden. The members have decided the Lord had to have blessed the garden for it to produce that much corn.
In addition to local citizens several missions came and were able to fill trucks and trailers. Missions from Marked Tree, Paragould, and others picked corn. One mission had a 16 foot trailer and another trailer filled when they left New Hope's garden. They said they planned to freeze the corn to have throughout the winter.
Members of the First Baptist Church in Caraway and Rowe's Chapel Baptist Church near Caraway helped with the corn as bags were delivered door to door sharing it with the area residents.
Cucumbers were also plentiful this year. Several of the women from New Hope and others made pickles from the community garden.
It is late in the season but there are still some peas being made and people are welcome to help themselves.
New Hope members hope to be able to have a garden again next year.
Serving as pastor at New Hope is Brother Heath Hawkins. Services are held at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. There is a WOW Kids service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.