Church starts garden of hope to help unity blossom in the community

Church starts garden of hope to help unity blossom in the community
Emanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church is planning to start a community garden in East Albany. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The pastor of Emanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Albany has plans in the works to start a new project called the "Hope Garden.” But he needs your help.

The new community garden and park will be housed on the church’s property on East Broad Avenue. They hope it will reduce crime, combat child hunger, serve the undeserved, promote healthy lifestyles and more.

Pastor Joshua Nelson said places like the Home Depot, City of Albany, area farmers and SOWEGA Master Gardeners have partnered in the effort.

Pastor Joshua Nelson, Emanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church (Source: WALB)
Pastor Joshua Nelson, Emanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church (Source: WALB)

Now they need the community’s assistance.

“Implement and produce and inspire hope in our communities. And so the Hope Garden is kind of the idea that there is hope. You can come here and see that as the garden is growing, our community is also growing. There is hope for Albany,” said Pastor Nelson.

Pastor Nelson is calling for volunteers to assist with building the new garden and park.

The church is planning on starting the project by the end of March.

If you would like to help, you can call (229) 338-6397 or email Nelson at pjnelson25@gmail.com.

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