Local gardener grows organic food for hungry, people with cancer

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Cathy Wissel doesn't focus on seasons for growing her garden. She know the fruits she bears are feeding the hungry, and that need isn't specific to a time of year.

"I do it to help feed people," Wissel said. "We're pulling the turnips out of the ground so they can be taken to Manna House and distributed there."

The three-acre garden is Wissel's labor of love. She skips pesticides and opts for organic gardening.

"It's better for cancer patients if they have organic foods but low-income people that have cancer do not have the money to buy that kind of food," Wissel said.

While she picks produce seven days a week in the summer and sometimes twice a week in the colder months, Wissel doesn't consider herself an expert planter.

"I just put the seeds in the ground and let the Lord take it from there," Wissel said.

Wissel is not the only one getting her hands dirty; she welcomes volunteers like Saxon T. Reynolds, too.

"It's good exercise and it never hurts to go and help the poor, or injured, or anyone who needs food," Reynolds said.

The garden's helpers said it's true, you do reap what you sow, and this crop of kindness does their servant hearts good.

"Quite good actually, really good," Reynolds said.

Wissel said a friend donated the land near Nick Fitcheard Road to her to use for gardening. She's been planting and harvesting there for nine years. She said they don't sell any of the produce, rather, they give it away to multiple organizations in addition to Manna House.