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Harvest Hill Community Garden Gratitude Moment by Sara Langford

Gratitude Moment

by Sara Langford

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of gardening with my dad.  I always remember him out in the yard trimming the shrubs, planting the annuals or the yearly vegetable garden—with me helping or at least trying to help.  I remember one year in particular when he tilled up a small square of dirt complete with a cute white wire fence surrounding it for a flower garden, for me.  The highlight of that experience was when my gladiolas bloomed—I was visiting my grandparents in WI with my mom when they bloomed.  But when my dad drove up to pick us up and take us home—guess what he brought; a beautiful bouquet of gladiolas from my garden, still one of my very favorite perennials to this day. 

So in 2010 when Second embarked on community groups focused around an interest I was so excited.  A friend and I quickly found other like-souls who love to garden and we formed the Garden Community Group.  Nine of us from Second met together weekly, shared a meal and our faith stories and planned a community garden.  David Sallee, president of WJC at the time, became aware of our community group and let the group know that Jewell wanted to donate an acre of land for the garden, amazing.  Plans were made, dirt was tilled and Harvest Hill Community Garden in the far NE corner of the Jewell campus was born. 

Every growing season, since 2010, around 60 people from our community have planted garden plots and gardened together up on the Hill, Harvest Hill.  For me, summer afternoons spent weeding and watering my plot have served as therapy for me…and for that I and my family are so thankful to Second, William Jewell college and the willingness to partner together.  Growing season is now upon us and if you are a gardener, itching for a little more space to plant, you might want to consider gardening a plot at Harvest Hill. 

Applications are available at the 2BC Reception desk or online at  For questions or more information contact me, Sara Langford,  (Contact information available on TheHub)  or email

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