Harvest of Hope Community Garden is itself a miracle of growth. I'm not sure when exactly the "seed" of an idea to start a community garden in Kingsport came to rest on fertile ground, but what matters is that it did find good soil.
The idea for the garden came as an answer to a need. Local statistics in Kingsport show a recent marked increase in participation in local food assistance programs, in students' reduced-fee lunch programs and in the number of homeless in the region. The Harvest of Hope Community Garden grew out of the United Way's Food Security Initiative Task Force, as a means to help end hunger in our community. From that idea has sprouted a garden that will benefit not only the hungry but anyone who wants to grow with us.
Since the beginning in 2011 the Garden has continued to grow with the help of many volunteers, organizations and businesses. New beds are being built, a scale house built to weigh produce, record sheets to log amount of produce grown and where it was donated.
There are presently 42 garden beds in use and 20 more beds in the process of being built and filled with compost. These beds will be assigned to people who have applied for them.