Naomi’s Way Garden
Throughout history, gardens have been prominent fixtures in countries all over the world and one, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, was considered one of the wonders of the world. Today people are still planting gardens, not just for their beauty and the joy they bring but also to provide healthier alternatives to what is available in the store or for helping others less fortunate. Trinity United Methodist Church (TUMC) is part of a network of churches in the Spotswood area that plants a community garden to help provide healthier alternatives to individuals who may not have the financial means to provide fresh vegetables on their dinner table. Naomi’s Way Community Garden is the name given to the garden representing a biblical character that was saved from destitution by a farmer who allowed her to pick produce from the edge of his field. Our garden benefits the local food pantry, CUP (Churches United for People) located in Spotswood, and has been a rewarding experience for all involved, because as we were setting up our garden and began the initial planting, we knew we were helping those in need.