Richland First United Methodist offering fresh produce

Richland First United Methodist Church (RFUMC) is currently offering fresh produce, free of charge, to those in need. Originally conceived as a way to draw people to the church, the purpose of the garden is to provide fresh vegetables, free of charge, for the congregation and, frankly, to all in need.

With a seven-member team of gardeners, including church pastor Reverend Barbara Taylor, the 2021 garden has currently had its most successful year of its’ three-year run.

The prodigious garden is located directly adjacent to the church, and currently the items in need of distribution include: purple hull peas, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, cream peas, zipper peas, okra, corn, nest onions, bell peppers, and jalapenos. There are also three fig trees available for the picking.

With a total of twelve rows at 120 feet each, there is plenty produce to be distributed this year, but time is of the essence, as everyone knows fresh produce does not stay fresh for long. For those interested in partaking, a visit to the garden is best done soonest. The goal for the church gardeners is to distribute everything produced. The harvest season for 2021 is expected to end by mid-August.

Anyone interested in gathering the “fruits of God’s creation,” are encouraged to come to the garden and pick their own produce. For those unable to gather the vegetables in the garden, are welcome to all produce that has been pre-picked by the volunteers and stored in the church refrigerator.

To contact RFUMC, call 601-939-1319, or email Church office hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. RFUMC Church is located at 255 Richland Circle in Richland.

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