MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - In the middle of downtown Macon, on the corner of Walnut and New Streets, sits a lot of green space. It might seem like an odd place for a garden to be planted, but to the people of Mulberry United Methodist Church it just made sense.
The land belongs to the church, and the church runs the Macon Outreach Program, a food pantry where homeless and unemployed can come for a meal. Usually stocked with canned and dried food, now the pantry offers the option of something healthier and fresher.
But there are more than just vegetables planted in the urban garden. Blueberries, blackberries, and apple trees are part of the mix. Volunteers also have planted potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, cabbage, collards, peas, and corn on the one quarter acre lot.
When the food is ready to be picked, it's carried across the street to the Macon Outreach Program's kitchen.
"You can get these fresh fruits," volunteer Kevin Smith explains. "You don't have to spend a high price, you can come down here and eat."
The garden was planted and is constantly tended by volunteers, and it offers more than just a cheap and easy place to grow food.
"It's fun, it's fun," Smith says. "It's something different, and you get to explore and do different things and meet different people."
If you would like to volunteer and help plant and tend the community garden, call the church office at Mulberry United Methodist Church. The phone number is 478-745-8601.