Lufkin nonprofit organization uses gardening as spiritual exercise

Lufkin nonprofit organization uses gardening as spiritual exercise
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Plant a seed and watch it grow, is something that gardeners do daily, but the gardeners at the Seasons of Hope Center in Lufkin see more than just soil and seeds.

"When you plant a seed in somebody and the people around you are reading the word, it germinates that seed and you watch it grow and it grows inside you and produces a whole new life," Summer Broadway, a graduate of the program said.

While everyone gardens for many different reasons, the women at the center garden as a spiritual exercise.

"It gives us time to be alone by ourselves and reflect on God and his word," Ashley Collins, a new member of the program said.

"It teaches the girls how to care for the plants," Carlene Smith, Founder and executive director of Seasons of Hope Center said.  "They need water, they need care, just like we need spiritual watering."

The women at the center have gone through different life struggles, and this garden has been a major part of their growth.

"It has helped me to clearly see mistakes that I've made and how I want to right the wrongs I've made throughout my life," Collins said.  It helped me want to become a different person when I get out."

Getting down and dirty is the best part for most of the girls.

"You just have to strip yourself down and get down there and do the work if you want to be able to become the person that God wants you to be," Afton Hartt, a program graduate said.

So now after nurturing these plants they are finally ready to be sold. The money they raise is for the financial betterment of the organization.
"They try to support themselves out here," Laura Bowman, a Volunteer from Angelina College said. "They grow some of their food and they do their own up keeping for the grounds."

"We need all the help finically that we can get to continue to help these girls that come out here," Hartt said. "We get new girls all the time, so any help would be appreciated."

If you're interested in purchasing one of their many plants, you can start Monday March 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Women's Living Center in Lufkin. For additional information contact Smith at 936-875-1900.

Organizers said the sale will continue until every plant is sold.

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