GREENSBURG – Barely 14 months ago, Oris Reece, Bryan Robbins and Jeff Emsweller had an idea.
The three community leaders brought together the Greensburg Ecumenical Agape Center, the Greensburg Rotary Club, Main Street Greensburg, the local Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity for a project aimed at helping spread self-sufficiency throughout the Tree City.
After the seeds of that idea were finally sown, the Community Garden was born.
In the growing seasons since, the Garden has paid dividends in the form of hundreds of pounds of homegrown fruits and vegetables being donated to local nonprofits such as the Greensburg Community Bread of Life and Human Services, Inc.
On Monday, the three reunited for a tour of the Garden that allowed Rotary members the opportunity to see exactly how the grants they helped bring about to finance the project were put to use.
Amid a sea of peppers, zucchini, cabbage and even what will soon be raspberries, Rotary members toured the 212 Scoby Street location via an interactive presentation by Reece.
Monday’s visit was as much show as it was tell as the proverbial fruits of the garden’s labor were visible every step of the way, stalks and sprouts of every sort dotting the landscape.
Reece has been the primary architect of the project, donating innumerable hours of his own time to see to its success. As a personal philosophy, the retired teacher and current Agape Center President donates at least two and a half hours of his time each day to helping others.
Those efforts have helped the Community Garden flourish on a lot where a dilapidated home once marred the quiet neighborhood.
The house at 212 Scoby Street was demolished by Habitat for Humanity following a termite infestation and other problems. With the problematic structure gone, Reece, Robbins, Emsweller and Agronomist Marty Miller pooled their ideas and birthed the present green initiative in the hopes the free garden would be able to help community members grow some of their own (healthy) foods.