The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, while touring Beaufort County, recognized the "Helping Others Help Themselves" project sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Washington Housing Authority.
The trust has invited Beaufort County to participate in "Healthy Place NC" and on their visit listed some of the great initiatives they had heard about. One was Public Housing Residents gardening in their back yards through a fabulous public-private partnership.
was started by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church along with the Housing Authority to create ways for people to help provide for themselves and further a feeling of self worth. B E Single Company contributed the top soil for the last four years of the project. The Housing Authority has provided the lumber and starter plants. All labor, construction and installation of beds were carried out by the LDS Church. To date one hundred gardens have been produced.
This year's project was started with a Continental Breakfast at the work-site where Washington's Mayor Pro tem, Bobby Roberson came to observe and help with the kick-off.
Beaufort County Agricultural extension Agency and the Master Gardner's Club are planning workshops and soil testing to help those new to Gardening and seasoned gardeners learn more about how to produce more food from a small garden.
The "Linking Arms" concept of bringing the community together to "Help Others Help Them Selves" is truly coming to fruition for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the caring Agencies and businesses in Beaufort County.