VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - It's lush, expansive, green and beautiful.
"Coming and serving out here is a nice break in the day, you almost feel different when you enter the garden," said Pastor Amanda Webber of Nimmo United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach.
The Nimmo Community Garden has been rooted in the community for 11 years, but is now serving a greater purpose.
"We are about 100 pounds ahead of where we were last year," said Melody Jeffery, Garden Coordinator.
Last year the labor of love produced about 3,000 pounds of food, and they are ahead this year, as the pandemic has caused food insecurities in the community.
"We have even had people come directly to us and say I have a friend or family who has been out of work and needs food," said Jeffery.
Organic fruit and veggies grown by community members for community members. More plots are being seeded to keep up with the growing need and soon they will open a no-contact food pantry at the location on July 28.
"You can come out and feel stressed out and discouraged, walk along the path and look at the growth the plants and breath the fresh air," said Webber.
A place not only to harvest, but a haven for peace and self-worship.
"People can pray as they walk the paths and the gardens seeing how the holy spirit creates things for a greater good," said Webber.
To learn more about the community garden including hours and more, click here.