The oldest Presbyterian church in Dallas is marking 150 years of service with a remarkable initiative it calls the SoulFood Greenhouse.
NorthPark Presbyterian Church’s greenhouse is on an especially fertile spot that will provide year-around, pesticide-free tomato harvests for the clients of Vickery Meadow Food Pantry.
To start, about 1,000 tomatoes a week will be harvested.
The fresh produce will be a welcome addition to the non-perishables available for families.
“I think the startling thing we’re trying to make a difference for is one in four children in Dallas go hungry every single day and we just don’t think that’s right. And so we’re trying to make a difference in the lives of those really children,” said Brent Barry, the pastor at NorthPark Presbyterian Church.
There are future plans to also grow cucumbers, peppers, spinach, carrots, garlic and different varieties of lettuce.
The church has planned a ribbon cutting for the greenhouse after this Sunday’s worship service.