GREENSBURG — Oris Reece spent much of Thursday morning tending to green beans, tomatoes and other home-grown fruits and veggies, meticulously examining his flowering wares as they move ever closer to what appears to be a bountiful harvest.
The Agape Center President, with assistance from the Greensburg Rotary Club’s Jeff Emsweller and Bryan Robbins, planted the proverbial seeds for the garden this spring with the hope that the harvested fruits and vegetables could be used to help those in need throughout the community. The designated site, near the corner of Scoby and Broadway, is now very much alive with tomatoes ripe for picking, cantaloupes ready to highlight any fruit salad, and cabbage that might very well be the envy of grocers everywhere.
All the toil involved in making the garden a success is as plain to see as the numerous fresh cucumber buds that dot the landscape of what was once a house demolished by Habitat for Humanity. Not wanting fertile ground to go to waste, Reece, Emsweller and Robbins met with Marty Miller, a local soil specialist, earlier this year, and began germinating an idea that was anything but “garden variety.”
Reece earlier compared the idea to the old adage wherein “teaching a man to fish” is far more helpful than giving him one. In this case, the “fish” come in the form of more fruits and vegetables than are found at a typical produce stand.
The “man” can be anyone willing to commit the time necessary to tend a garden space and reaping, quite literally, what he or she has sown.
Reece told the Daily News a few community members have taken up the offer of free plots at the garden. Still in its early stages, this year’s harvest – no matter the outcome – is likely to be one of many in the future.