As a child, I watched my father toil endless hours in the garden. He would gather his produce in the back of his beat-up truck and promptly drive to the home of a needy family. With a hearty greeting he would always say,"Can you help me eat these vegetables? I'm afraid they're going to spoil." He treated the poor with dignity. He sought no publicity or acclaim. We seek to honor my father by starting the John Weston, Sr. Memorial Food Garden. - Tom Weston
The John Weston, Sr. Memorial Food Garden honors the memory of the late John Weston Sr., a lifelong Maryville resident, family man, businessman, gardener. After the passing of John Sr., his family wanted a different kind of memorial for a man who loved to help others. His wife and 4 children wanted to honor his quiet legacy and decided on a community garden. John was an advocate of the poor, the hungry and the homeless, human dignity was a priority. He was known to take fresh vegetables from his own garden to area residents who did not have the means to buy or grow their own.
By creating this living tribute we are dedicated to promoting a healthier community by increasing civic participation and most importantly improve education about diet and the nutritional benefits of fresh produce.
Most importantly The John Weston, Sr. Memorial Food Garden will provide fresh, nutritious produce to local community food banks.