Lowe’s donation supports community garden

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Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other vegetables are part of the harvest that the gardeners at the Wilson Housing Authority’s E.B. Jordan Homes community have to look forward to this summer and fall, thanks to the generosity of Wilson’s Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Lowe’s provided the lumber and other material needed to build five raised-bed box gardens at the Wilson public housing community, the plants needed to get those gardens going and a hose and sprayer to ensure the plants don’t go thirsty during the long, hot months ahead.

“Lowe’s is all about giving back to the community,” said Wilson Store Manager Vanessa Drew. “We support a number of building and gardening projects in Wilson.”

The E.B. Jordan community gardens join gardens that the housing authority already maintain at its Whitfield Homes community and its Forrest Green community. The gardens are planted and tended by Wilson Housing Authority residents and the program is overseen by Resident Services Coordinator Cathy Kent.

Master Gardener Julia Newton works with the residents to keep the gardens up and advise them on how to best care for the plants.

Wilson Housing Authority President and CEO Kelly Vick said the community garden project is a great partnership between the public housing residents and community organizations. “We want to thank Lowe’s for making these gardens possible,” he said.