“Faces of GRACE” is an editorial series that highlights instrumental volunteers who offer their talents and resources to advance the life-changing mission of GRACE.

While most ninth graders spend fourth period sitting at a desk, homeschooler Marshall and his mom, Becca, cultivate learning by sinking their hands in the dirt.

In fact, before Marshall Clark was old enough to pick up a shovel, the pair has been tending to the GRACE Community Garden each Thursday afternoon for eight years.

That’s over 800 Thursdays and approximately 2,000 hours!

This week the mother-son duo reaped the harvest of carrots, cabbage and onions. Before going into the homes of families in need, the bounty is pruned, cleaned and sorted on the Food Pantry shelves by Becca and Marshall.

The garden’s harvest provides fresh, organic produce for families who seek assistance and the Food Pantry. To date, nearly 1,000 pounds of wholesome food is reaped each year for families in need.

Inspired to serve?

Volunteering at the Community Garden is a healthy and rewarding way to provide wholesome nourishment for families in the midst of hardship. Volunteers are needed to assist in clean up, preparation, planting and tilling to ensure another fruitful season.

Upcoming garden work days

Late Spring Planting and Tending, Saturday May 13  Plant sweet potatoes, corn, tomatillos, Weed and mulch as needed. Turn compost piles to aerate, water them. 9:00 am until completed.

Early Summer Planting, Saturday, June 3  Plant tomatillos, succession tomatoes, cage them, plant succession watermelon, cucumber and cantaloupe. Turn compost piles to aerate, water the piles, add leaves.  Weed and mulch generally.  8:00 am until completed.