Bolton Letter - 07/19/09

I want to thank all the individuals, organizations and companies who have helped make the community gardens in Covington, sponsored by Hands On Newton, the success that they have been.

Since January 2009, over 500 youths have been working to prepare the ground, plant the seeds, weed and water the gardens, and harvest the vegetables. To date, over 120 pounds of vegetables have been distributed to The Rainbow Homeless Shelter in our community.

Thanks go to Bill and Gayle Norton who donated the use of their land for the Garden of Hope, and to Newton County Recreation Commission for the raised bed garden plot. The Newton County Extension Office and Master Gardeners, specifically Ferah Withrow and Ruth McDaniel, have been invaluable with design, implementation and simply hard labor to make the gardens successful. Thanks to the city of Covington and Newton County who have been greatly supportive of this project. Donations have been given by the Snapping Shoals EMC Foundation, the Community Foundation, Porter Memorial Fund, the Newton County Community Partnership, and the Oxford College Office of Student Involvement. Most thanks go to all the students from Newton's local high schools, the Young Legends of Washington Street Community Center, youth leaders from Hebron Church, Project Adventure, Department of Juvenile Justice, the students from Oxford College and Georgia Perimeter College who have invested the sweat equity into making these gardens a reality! There have been so many people from the community who have come together to make the community gardens a reality that it makes it hard to thank each one.

Many members of the community of Newton County have come together to support the community gardens and, conversely, the gardens have brought many people in the community together. By helping others you help yourself.

Doug Bolton


Hands On Newton