Time-honored traditions serve community best

September 19, 2013

You don’t have to go too far to realize how important living a healthy lifestyle is to our community.

Whether it’s a group of folks you see walking during a lunch break, residents taking advantage of fresh produce at the growing farmer’s market or simply the community garden, as they say, the proof is in the pudding.

We were really excited to tell the story of Burl Blevins last week. Blevins lives at the Williamson Towers and he dedicates several hours each week to help mow and weed various parts of the garden. He’s one of those ‘unsung heroes’ you hear so much about.

If you haven’t seen the community gardens, located in East End, then you should stop by. This is officially a shameless plug for the place.

At the gardens, service learning organizations, community partners and residents from around the region have constructed 30 raised gardening beds for community use. But we’re quickly getting away from our point.

Blevins has also planted flowers along much of the fence lining the road and for years he has planted vegetables on the hill behind the towers. Next year he plans on renting plots at the garden and for the first time, growing tomatoes. Sales from the produce harvested at the garden goes right back into local food projects.

Maria Arnot, Health and Wellness promoter for the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition said that there were several volunteer groups which helped in the project. That’s something we’re really impressed about but it says more about our community.

In a day and age when service organizations and volunteering in general is not ‘en vogue’ we think our community has got it right.

Of course healthy living always comes full circle to your diet and local produce has been proven to have the highest saturation of beneficial nutrients than anything you can find anywhere else. When produce is picked at the height of ripeness it’s best for you.

For more information about how you can help the Farmers Market or Community Gardens, just email Maria at marnot@mingodiabetes.com or call 304-235-3400.

We don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you call and we know that in keeping with time-honored traditions of giving back to your community we’ll all benefit in the end.