Make a Difference: The gift that keeps giving

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – You could call her the gift that keeps on giving.

We’re talking about Mother Nature. And when you take full advantage, thousands can benefit.

When you plant a garden, sometimes your yield is a little more than you expected.

“It’s very humbling. It makes you feel very small,” Jessica Fields told us.

Jessica and her father Greg are putting their all into a garden…a garden they are getting for more from than a few vegetables.

“He and I have always worked in a garden together, so I wouldn’t know what to do without being in a garden with him,” Jessica said.

All of the hard working volunteers at this garden are the “Master Gardners.”

Every chance they can, they come to the fair grounds to share their love of planting, tomatoes, peppers…food straight from the earth.

They are reaping the benefits in the best way…by paying it forward.

“We do provide to 15 different places here in the county. And so it started just by somebody’s idea,” Greg said.

That somebody wanted a garden that gives its yield to local charities.

Last year alone they gave 28,000 lbs. of produce.

It’s a circle of giving that Jessica and her father know very well.

In fact, they lived it.

“There was a time when we were hungry and it was just him and I. And so to be able to give back to people who are in a similar situation to what we were, it’s very rewarding,” Jessica told us.

We decided to do a little rewarding of our own, though.

That is why they are this month’s Make a Difference Award winner.

“It’s very humbling, you know it really is, you know? Our hearts you know, being a Purdue Master Gardener, you know…to feed people,” Greg said.

Feeding others, yes…but these masters of their craft are also feeding the soul.

Putting love in the ground.

The Master Gardners want to thank the fair board for a space to plant.

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