Volunteers were on hand Wednesday to celebrate the success of the Garden of Hope Project. Top right, veteran gardener Ferah Witroxx lends a bit of her expertise to Shaylisa Bragg as she demonstrates how to recognize when an ear of corn is ripe for the picking. Volunteers gathered after their stint in the garden to enjoy the fruits of their labor at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter, where pastor Clara Lett cooked up corn and freshly harvested watermelon was sliced. According to Director Doug Bolton of Hands On Newton, approximately 100 pounds of fresh vegetables have been donated to the homeless shelter this season.

Below right, volunteers Tre'vaughn Cooper, Timarque Bates and Brandon English put some sweat equity into the garden as they shovel mulch to be distributed among the growing plants.