"Adopt a Box" Project started in 2014

Beans and More Grow at the Food Bank Garden
The New “Adopt a Box” Project

“This project has changed my life.  Although I always wanted to grow food, this is the first time I ever had the chance to learn”

                                                                                                Situ  Shresha, participant
“Adopt a Box” Program

Situ Shresha is among 20 adult, 10 youth and 15 children who are participating in a new project of the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden.  The “Adopt a Box” program provides a different kind of gardening for volunteers. It is experimental, it is personal and it is proving to be a great success.  Each individual or group is responsible for a box filled with soil and compost.

The purpose of the Food Bank Garden is to grow nutritious and fresh vegetables and melons for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest.  With the support of Centenary as well as enthusiastic volunteers, this new project will continue as a fundamental part of the gardening options at the Food Bank Garden.  Daniel Johnson, an experienced farmer, provides leadership for the project.

Using the raised box method, a variety of food is grown, including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans and herbs.

Participants include:

A Centenary Lenten Study Group
YMCA “Adventure Princess” program (5 fathers and their 5 year old daughters)
Youth from The Children’s Home Tyson Cottage
Two women who recently moved to WS with farming background  garden club
A young woman interested in learning to garden
A garden club
A Garden Mentor from Forsyth County Corporative Extension
Rev. Jonathan Brake
Three participants from the Coordinating Committee of the Food Bank Garden

Centenary member Jason Wenker recruited other fathers and daughters to join the project

When asked about their participation, several participants responded:

Why did you get involved with the project "Adopt a Box" and how did you hear about it?

“Our small group at church wanted a meaningful mission that we could do around busy work and family schedules. We wanted a way for our children to help others and see their parents doing the same. We helped pick at the garden last year but the raised beds were a way to have a more personal connection.”  Elaine Phelps

Carol Holden’s granddaughter helps her with weekly watering duty

I heard about the boxes first through Centenary’s literature and having had such great success with my own raised beds, I thought it would be a good way to contribute, help my garden club members, and of course learn more.”                   Carol Holden

What does it mean to be part of a Food Bank Garden?

“It is wonderful to know our hands-on efforts will lead to needy families having healthy options for their meals. Bad nutrition is so much more affordable and accessible than good. Organic produce is especially out of reach for many families.”              Elaine Phelps

“Not only are we helping to feed those less fortunate, but you get closer to God throughout the miracle of watching a plant grow. Soil, water, sunshine, bees pollinating – truly a Godly miracle. It fills my heart to work hard for a couple of hours, and within a few weeks, see what you have accomplished. Few things in life bring immediate satisfaction, and the garden is one of them. I enjoy watching the children play together and help with the garden. It teaches them that food just doesn’t come from a can in the grocery store. You have to work for what you want.”                      Chris Pace

What have you gained from the experience (and that of your group)?

 “I'm inspired to make more container gardens at my home and plan for our own raised bed in the future. I have also learned how excited kids can get about gardening!”             Elaine Phelps

 “I have gained a greater appreciation for all the volunteers, joy in seeing all the beauty of the garden, and have also picked up some more knowledge about gardening.   
                                 Carol Holden

“It’s a mini vacation every time I visit the farm.
Meeting new people with the same interest to serve. Not being so selfish with my time, that I can’t spend a few hours to do what God put me here to do – SERVE OTHERS. It opens my eyes and heart to help me see and feel my Heavenly Father.”                 Chris Pace

For more information about this project and the schedule of the garden, see our website at 

Or call Ellen Kirby at 336 922 7195 or Patsy Dwiggins at 

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