Longview First Baptist Church Garden holds season’s last harvest

The last harvest of a non-profit garden that provides free produce to the elderly, is underway in L
Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 12:52 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2022 at 11:18 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The last harvest of a non-profit garden that provides free produce to the elderly, is underway in Longview.

The First Baptist Church garden has been in operation for many years, and has helped seniors save on their grocery bills by providing fresh produce. a responsibility volunteers take seriously.

“A lot of the elderly that can’t get out. To make sure they have fresh produce,” says volunteer Beverly Todd.

With an unexpected early frost, some of the plants are showing signs of stress, so there’s some urgency now in collecting as much produce as possible.

Cold burns and wilted leaves show on some of the plants that would have been producing until mid November.

“Frost, usually the average date is the 15 of November. So this one came about a month early. It nipped the tips of a lot of plants pretty bad,” says garden caretaker Larry Ferguson.

important to the elderly they help, to make their food budgets go a little farther.

“We don’t want them to go without. Some of them can’t drive so we deliver it to them, those that can drive pick it up. Or if they’re a person in need, they don’t have to be elderly, we’ll take it to them,” Ferguson says.

But the window of opportunity is shrinking.

“We harvest what’s ready,” Todd says.

“We’re trying to milk it and not lose anything. There will come a time when we’ll start plowing,” Larry says.

Ferguson says they will retool the soil within weeks and get ready to plant potatoes and onions by January-February.