Today we hosted a “Grow Your Own Food” event at the Mercy House. Christian Stephenson, Mississippi State University Hancock County Extension Service agent, gave the main talk. He covered inexpensive ways to create good soil, save money by planting seeds, selecting financially beneficial crops, and other topics related to starting a garden. He answered a host of questions from overcoming tomato blossom end rot, to plant spacing, his favorite tomato varieties, and other things. We also heard from Jennifer O’Banner on the nutritional benefits of eating fresh vegetables from your own garden. Everyone in attendance received a free cook book. I gave a short introductory talk on some of the reasons why I want to promote more gardening in our comunity. I think it was a good event and we hope to do more of these kinds of things in the future.
Seven new fruit trees grace the Mercy House property. Today I put in the ground an Owari Satsuma, an Improved Meyer Lemon, a Blood Orange, a Celeste Fig, two Brown Turkey figs my Dad propagated from his tree, and an unknown fig variety I propagated from a cutting off a fig tree in a nearby vacant property. Lord willing, we will eventually harvest fresh fruit, right here off our own property, to share with the community.
The Mercy House, of Lakeshore Baptist Church, in Hancock County MS operates as a benevolence distribution ministry providing food, clothing, and household items to those in need. I pray that this project will also serve as a catalyst and encouragement for future planting endeavors for the glory of God.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. (Genesis1:29)