Community garden to feed neighborhood

If you build it, they will eat.

That’s the hope for the newly-planted community garden at the CCETN administrative office in Knoxville.

The community garden was installed early this summer by the St. Vincent de Paul Society conference of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with the goal of providing free, accessible produce of members of the Happy Holler neighborhood in Knoxville.

The garden includes six large bins, where tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, cantaloupes, and herbs have been planted. The St. Vincent de Paul members plan to rotate out crops so there is something available in the garden all year long.

Some members of the community have already expressed interest in helping maintain the garden.

The grand opening cookout for the garden was held on July 19. Members of St. Vincent de Paul cooked hot dogs for anyone in the neighborhood who came by. Of course, fresh produce straight from the garden was available as well.

Dr. Bob Capps, president of the St. Vincent de Paul conference at Sacred Heart Cathedral, was pleased by the turnout at the grand opening and hopeful that the garden will bless the community for a long time.

“We had a wonderful turnout of neighbors around the Catholic Charities building, and it was just a joyful gathering. We cooked, we ate from our garden, and it was a wonderful sharing of our community. And we hope this is just the beginning of a building of community spirit here,” he said.

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