LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - East Texas gardens are becoming plentiful in time for spring thanks to volunteers. Many of these gardens benefit from juveniles and adult volunteers currently on probation. Currently, Lufkin's sustainable community gardens are advancing thanks to those giving back to their community.
The garden of love sprouted twenty years ago when a group of disabled veterans wanted to support and give back to the elderly in Lufkin. Years later, volunteers are helping give back to the same community in many different ways.
"The people that benefit from this garden are the people in the neighborhood of north Lufkin as well as anyone else that wishes to have some of the produce. The produce is free," Victor Travis, one of the community garden coordinators, said.
The garden feeds those is Angelina County and also provides community service to those currently on probation. This kind of community service isn't the first of its kind in East Texas. Juvenile probationers in Jacksonville plant and pull crops in their garden as part of their community service.
"There are so many people on probation that feel they've kind of taken away and created problems for the community. Well, this is their opportunity to do something to give back to the community," Rodney Thompson, Director of Community Supervision for Angelina County, said.
Dedicated leaders like George Harris who was one of the first men to start the community garden in Lufkin is happy that judges are allowing those on probation to commit to something positive for the community.
"We really want to do more than this because we have kids the judge is trying to help keep from putting them in jail," Harris said.
Volunteers help at the no-cost community gardens in Lufkin on a regular bases. They have already started working on spring planting.
For more information on Lufkin's community gardens and how to get free produce, you can call Victor Travis at 936-632-4741.