Some Peyton Road Manor residents are using a garden as therapy and a way to connect the community.
Wade Hurd organized the garden and said the idea emerged from his lifelong passion.
“I’ve always had a garden of some kind,” Hurd said. “It’s something to do and keep busy.”
Hurd started the garden in the spring and said he is impressed with how it has performed, considering it’s the first garden ever planted on the land.
The garden features pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, beans, squash and much more.
Hurd said the garden would not be possible without the Peyton Road Church of Christ, who furnished the land for the garden and formed a partnership with those involved in the garden.
“The Peyton Road Church youth have come over and helped with the garden and done Bible study class here. They showed the youth the process of growing and life,” Hurd said.
The gardeners give some elders at the church baskets filled with various garden treats, said Hurd, who operates the garden with two others, including “Ms. Miriam.”
“This is a labor of love,” said “Ms. Miriam,” who said she has been gardening for over 50 years. “It’s good therapy. If you don’t move your body, you lose your body. You have to stay active.”
Hurd and “Ms. Miriam” said maintaining the garden is hard work that consists of a couple of hours of work in the morning and evenings, but the results are satisfying.
“Taking seed and turning it into food for a lot of people is very satisfying,” said “Ms. Miriam.” Once a month the residents of Peyton Manor have a potluck and garden food is divided and prepared for more than 30 people.
“I love sampling other people’s cooking,” she said.
Hurd said he hopes gardens are started at other facilities because it shows what senior citizens can do.
“It’s a community and family thing,” he said. “It’s keeping the community together and giving them something to do.”
Hurd said he is in the process of preparing to grow turnip greens before the winter months hit and anticipates another big year next year and in the future.