Old idea replanted

"Victory gardens" were plots of vegetables that citizens planted during World War II to supplement their food requirements and ease the demand on the food supply, much of which went toward the war effort then.

Holy Apostles Episcopal Church is replanting the idea to fight against the war on hunger.

In a vacant plot of land across from the church, church members have started their own victory garden, planting cucumbers, squash, radishes and tomatoes.

The produce raised from the garden will be given to the food bank at Axis 1 Center of Barnwell, said Kathy Kearns, a church vestry member.

"We are growing to give back to the community," she said.

The church is calling the garden HAVE - Holy Apostles Victory Eden gardens, she said.

"It's a combination victory garden and community garden," she said. "We have been planning it since March."

If health regulations prevent the church from giving the produce to the food bank in actuality, then donations will be accepted for the fresh vegetables, with the money going toward the food bank, Kearns said.

The church planted the garden the week after Easter. All the material has been donated, she said.

"It started out with five beds and we got another request for another bed. We are starting out small this year," Kearns said. "We didn't know if people wanted their own beds."

"We are playing it by ear this year. It's taking a life of its own," she said. "People next year can have their own plots with minimal guidelines."

The church also plans to hold canning classes so people can learn how to store up the fruits of their own gardening labors as well.
The first canning class was May 4 in which Liz Ringus, a church member, showed people how to can strawberries she had picked, Kearns said.

"It will be a chance to learn canning techniques," she said.

The Holy Apostles Episcopal School also has a garden growing at the same site as a learning exercise for the children.