Spring is in the air and planting has begun at the First United Methodist Church Alice. Pre-k students were provided the opportunity to get their hands dirty planting vegetables and butterfly friendly plants for pollination.

PlayDay Director Francis Cowley is excited about what the garden represents and what it can mean to our local community. “This project perfectly displays the renewal of life and gets kids and community excited about watching a garden grow,” she said.

The garden was made possible through careful planning with local gardeners and generous donations from Irma Garcia, Texas Department of State Health Services, Wesley Nurse Health Ministries, Sutherlands Home  Center and numerous private donations from the local congregation.

Local Wesley Nurse Billy Scoggins is looking forward to the educational opportunities this garden can provide. “From a health perspective these little gardens can provide a valuable education to our children. Kids are given an opportunity to not only visually experience growth but to understand where our food comes from. This is where healthy habits begin,” she said.