CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A group of volunteers are starting a community garden in Carbondale to grow food for the homeless.
The project will occupy a plot of vacant space near the corner of Washington and Jackson streets in Downtown Carbondale.
Nearly $4,000 was donated in the fall of 2015 to the effort, including nitrogen-rich topsoil from a couple of local businesses.
"Right now, the weeds in this lot are struggling to survive, so this would literally be fruitless without these donations." explained co-organizer Faylin Jihan on Monday, "A lot of people are trying to be the change they want to see in the world and start projects like this. This will get food growing on essentially abandoned lots in places where people need food."
"It's just very fulfilling to get out and dig in the dirt, and know that you're making a difference." Explained volunteer gardener Amanda Braden.
A portion of the food will go to the people who come out to plant the lot if they choose to keep it, but the rest will go to food pantries and homeless shelters in the area.
On Monday the plots were laid out, and the soil was conditioned.
Jihan says volunteer gardeners will be on site several days per week in the spring to help anyone who wants to plant food in the garden.