BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People who are homeless or who live in transitional housing, or apartments with no outdoor greenspace may think they can't become gardeners, but the Salvation Army in Bangor is trying to dispel that notion with a community garden and demonstration project outside its South Park Street headquarters.
It's a place where people can come and volunteer labor to weed and water the garden, and to get fresh produce for their efforts.
It's also a place where they can learn how to grow their own vegetables out of something as simple as an empty plastic bottle.
Ian Pinkham is busy feeding plants plenty of water on a hot summer morning. It's a job that he says only took about ten minutes out of his day.
"I'm volunteering here and i just got done watering the garden," he said, explaining that cucumbers are his favorite vegetable.
But for Ian's Dad, John Pinkham, this garden is about more than just fresh vegetables.
"Little respect, respect for himself, the planet, teach him a little bit about life," John explained.
For Julia Simpson, another community garden volunteer, eating healty vegetables is extremely important. She's pregnant and expects the baby to arrive in September. She and John and Ian take advantage of the help offered by the Salvation Army. It's help Julia says a lot of people need right now.
"People who come here are down and out and on hard times and that's why they come to eat at the soup kitchen and giving them a chance to get healthy vegetables to bring home, vegetables are expensive," She said
And Julia, John, and Ian aren't the only ones giving back for the help they receive. Ed Desmaris stopped by with a watering pail of his own filled with water and plant food.
"i figured i would do that here just lend them a hand because i come here and I have lunch almost everyday and so i'm just giving back some," Ed said.
People can check in with the Salvation Army if they'd like to volunteer. They also have information on how to start growing your own vegetables from seed in tiny containers.