On the side of U.S. 421 South, not even one mile from the heart of Campbell University’s main campus, rows of fresh vegetables can be found ripening in the hot Harnett County summer sun. It’s not the harvest of a local farmer, but another outreach activity of Campus Ministries: a Community Garden.
“There are thousands of cars that pass by this garden and will see this ministry of Campbell University every day,” said Dr. Dennis Bazemore, Vice President for Student Life. “It’s a great opportunity.”
The garden’s produce, including tomatoes, corn, squash, cucumbers, peppers and beans, will benefit needs in Harnett County such as area food pantries, impoverished persons and local churches.
In addition to supplying provisions, the garden will serve as a bridge to build cooperative efforts between Campbell University and area residents.
“We hope churches and other folks in the community will help us identify needs of persons, families and agencies which might need food and help us distribute the harvest,” explained Faithe Beam, Campus Minister.
Students, faculty and staff will also team with local volunteers to prepare, maintain and harvest crops under the leadership of garden organizer and Campbell alumna Billie Hurley, who has a background in agriculture and a strong belief in giving back to the community.
Jodie Hurley, Director of Residential Living, will coordinate volunteers and sustain communication efforts with the community by speaking to churches, student clubs and organizations about the Community Garden.
For more information about the Community Garden or to volunteer with the garden ministry, contact [email protected]
Photo Copy: From left, student Zack Rickards, Campbell alumna Billie Hurley, Dr. Mark Hammond, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Hammond’s daughter Erica.