Sacred Heart’s prolific garden has blessed many in the local community with fresh vegetables. Above, this past summer youth picked and delivered vegetables door to door to church neighbors. Photograph courtesy of Dara West.

Nourishment for the body and the soul: Sacred Heart's St. Isidore Garden

Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

When you plant a seed, you never really know with certainty how or when or what it will actually grow into. All you can do is put the seed in the ground, water it and have faith that a healthy plant will grow. Phil Wetherington had a vision of a community garden at Sacred Heart Parish in Warner Robins and had faith his vision would someday come to fruition. Phil, a master gardener, saw vacant land on the church property and dreamed of using that land to grow fresh vegetables for people in need. Once approval was granted to start the garden, volunteers were solicited to plow the land, remove the rubble in the ground and add compost to the soil, and contributors were found to donate money to run a water line. 


The foundation was laid for the St. Isidore Garden and another group of volunteers took up the challenge to complete the vision of growing vegetables for our community neighbors in need. Over the last several years, the garden has produced abundant crops of vegetables year round which have been distributed through Sacred Heart’s Christian Service Center, the United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen and several other local charities. Children have also gotten involved tending their own Peter Rabbit raised-bed garden, and this past summer youth picked and delivered vegetables door to door to church neighbors.


Sacred Heart’s prolific garden has blessed many in our local community with fresh vegetables. One older patron, a former farmer, was overcome with joy at receiving fresh vegetables because he could no longer afford to buy the fresh vegetables he loved and previously had grown. Volunteers feel blessed by being able to provide nourishing food to those in need. In addition to the time, talents and funds provided by volunteers, funding has also come from grants from the Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and a Super Sod give-away. The garden was recently recognized as a showcase of a successful community garden in central Georgia. Want to learn more? Contact Tonda Seyl at


Story and photographs provided by Dara West, Development Director  Sacred Heart Parish, Warner Robins.

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