Volunteers needed to tend bumper crop at Lufkin’s Community Garden

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Just an hour or two of your time helping with the Community Garden in Lufkin could make a world of difference in the life of a person in need.

"We are having a good crop, but it is a massive garden.  Tons to pick and weed," wrote Rhonda Clover, Clover Ministries, and a volunteer for the garden.

Citizen George Harris and the Neighborhood Council of North Lufkin planted three gardens more than 20 years ago to provide free fresh fruits and vegetables for elderly, disabled, sick, widows, children and others in need.  They call it the 'Garden of Love.'

It has been a labor of love for Harris and Lufkin City Councilman Victor Travis who for years have worked tirelessly to keep the gardens thriving.  Last year's drought hurt crop growth, but this year things have turned around.

Supporters say it is a mixed blessing because it takes a huge amount of time and support to manage the garden.

"Victor and Andrea Travis have really gone above and beyond to the point they are exhausted. Victor has even been paying for all the tractor, lawn mowing, and miscellaneous costs out of their own pocket, with a few exceptions, like Home Depot and a few others," stated Clover.

Volunteers are needed to help harvest, sort, deliver, and assist in raising money to recover costs for fuel, seeds, water, shopping bags and other supplies. "We plan on starting early on Sat and Sunday.  If you, or your service organization, are interested please contact Councilman Travis, or call 936-212-2528, or email me at rhondaclover@yahoo.com."

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