Like many other gardeners, Annette Lee’s passion for gardening began with a longing to put her hands in the dirt and watch something grow. She has been an active Tarrant County master Gardener since 2006 and is a vegetable garden specialist. She has worked on many garden projects, community gardens, and outdoor learning environments since that time. Annette has lived in Hurst for 18 years and is the owner of North Richland Hills Farmers Market. Running a market has allowed her to see the need for healthier eating, bringing families to the garden, local eating, and the support of our small farms.
Annette’s collaboration with 6 Stones began when she met Scott Shepherd when he spoke at her church, First Baptist Church Hurst. She had donated to various 6 Stones events and was familiar with their efforts. When she listened to Scott describe the problem with hunger in the HEB area and his desire to build a garden, she was very taken back by the thought of children in her community going hungry. She knew that she could do something. Her good friend, Judy Ray, introduced her to Scott and it was then that she realized that the 6 Stones Community Garden could become a reality. “I have been an active church member – like many of us on a mission but without direction. Now I have one and it is right up my alley. I can do this!”
As she pauses to contemplate the garden’s future, Annette states, “The 6 Stones Community Garden is bigger than anything I could have ever dreamed of in the past. This will be a community garden, outdoor learning area, and community outreach facility – all in one location. With ongoing classes, we will be able to teach our neighbors how to grow their own food, teach kids to eat healthy, and create new friendships as we garden. Because the garden is a certified master gardener project in Tarrant County, we will have the support of the Tarrant Master Gardener Association and all of its resources and mentors. This garden will help our community grow through fresh food, education, and fellowship. We are all good stewards.”