The Gardeners of Grace

The Gardeners of Grace

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More and more people are starting to eat organic. But that can cost you. Some people have started growing their own fruits and vegetables at a community garden.

The Gardeners of Grace meet every Saturday morning in the 900 block of Cypress Street. Gardeners of all ages are welcome. One gardener said with each visit to the garden they see growth in more ways than one.

“A lot of good things happen through the influence of relationships and I think there is lots growing here,” said Joyce Dalzell.

Joyce Dalzell helped start the community garden nearly five years ago. Through the years she said she has seen the garden bring strangers together.

“I’ve had the privilege of seeing conversations between a new mom and an old mom pulling weeds out of a row of watermelon and talking about what am I going to do with this baby,” said Dalzell.

Gordon Hayes moved to Abilene and recently joined the community garden

“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. It’s kind of a peacefully thing,” said Hayes. “You just get out in to the weeds and start pulling,” said Hayes.

He said has picked up tips on gardening in the Texas climate from all kinds of new friends.

“You wouldn’t normally meet these people, very often unless you were really out going,” said Hayes.

The community garden is open to anyone in the neighborhood. The soil and seeds are provided. But there is something else Joyce says you can get that will last you a lifetime.

“The green beans and potatoes are about ready but the friendships are...that’s much longer than a growing season that’s a lifelong thing,” said Dalzell.


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