News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- They want to harvest relationships, and it's a goal 10 years in the making that's now finally coming true.
Neighbors at Crosland Park are playing in the dirt again.
"I'm here to plant my garden, and I'm so excited!" exclaimed Mamie Mack.
"Since I started gardening about 10 years ago it's always been a goal to establish a community garden," said Master Gardener Tom Dix.
The 10 plots are split up between people living in the neighborhood, and each plot has two crops.
"Fall season crops basically -- cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, collards, beets," Dix said.
Vegetables aren't the only thing that will be growing in this garden.
"Developing new friendships is what I see as the biggest benefit of it," Dix said. "It helps the folks that may not know each other to meet each other and get to know each other a little bit and develop some camaraderie in the neighborhood."
Mack says she's going to check on her garden every day. She says she can't wait to taste that first bite.
She knows just how it will taste.
"Really good. When I fix my collard greens, I like a piece of ham hock in them, some good corn bread, me a glass of iced tea, and it just really is good," Mack said.
But she won't be the only one enjoying these fresh veggies.
"We encourage them to donate it to Golden Harvest Food Bank. They have a great need particularly for fresh vegetables," Dix said.
"We really need to help each other," Mack said.
Working together is what it's going to take to make this garden a success.
"We want to show the people in Crosland Park what we can do in the community. With everybody taking a part in the garden, I think we gonna do wonderful," Mack said.
The garden is a collective effort between Aiken and the people of Crosland Park.
The gardeners tell me they plan on having a spring garden, too, and they hope more people from the community will want to join in.
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