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High hopes for homeless with new community garden

Walking Tall Wilmington has created a community garden to provide the homeless with fruits and vegetables. (Source: WECT) Walking Tall Wilmington has created a community garden to provide the homeless with fruits and vegetables. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A family that prides itself on giving back started a new initiative for underprivileged groups to try out their "green thumb" and find healthy alternates to their regular meals.

Marya Evans and the crew at Walking Tall Wilmington have laid the groundwork for a community garden in the Evans' backyard.

"Look at this space we have that we aren't utilizing," Evans said, gazing out into her backyard soon to be full of above-ground gardening beds. "This isn't our resource, this is our resource that was given to us to give to other people."

Once the work is finished in late-March, Evans hopes the community garden will be a new healthy food source for the homeless and poverty-stricken.

"We realized how much of a graveyard there was for our friends downtown to get fruits and vegetables," Evans explained. She added that, while food pantries and shelters do their best to provide food, it's not always straight from the garden.

"It's not necessarily the freshest produce, it's not necessarily organic," Evans said. "We want them to get nutritious healthy meals that have protein and things that are going to keep in them because they don't know when their next meal will come."

The garden will be accompanied by a chicken coop, beehive and butterfly garden. While Evans hopes the homeless will come out to plant their own fruits and vegetables, she welcomes the entire community to join in on this group effort.

"Whatever defined you before you got here no longer defines you," Evans said. "You are no longer homeless, you are no longer poor, you are no longer black, you are no longer white, you are no longer Christian, you are no longer atheist. You are a human being and you are family and you are a community."

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