Helping Girls and Her Garden Grow to Reach Their Potential

Squash and zucchini and green beans, oh my! Destiny’s garden is blooming with all kinds of healthy goodies!

AmeriCorps member Destiny Askew has used part of her time during the COVID-19 pandemic to grow…in more ways than one. Destiny serves as Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Girls Inc., a United Way of Central Alabama partner agency and has been taking the time recently to thrive in her garden – while helping the garden thrive, as well. Currently, she is growing squash, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, kidney beans, eggplant and watermelon. In addition, Destiny has been flexing her green thumb with sweet and purple basil, spearmint, peppermint, lemon thyme, oregano, green onions, garden sage, pineapple sage and chives.

The most important crop in Destiny’s garden? Smiles!

Destiny has made videos on gardening to share virtually with the students at Girls, Inc. Subjects include the plant cycle and even how to create planters out of recycled materials. “It’s been really relaxing to be able to garden during the pandemic,” she said. “There’s something about digging around and dirt that just makes me feel grounded.” (No pun intended.)

Destiny is looking forward to returning to the actual Girls Inc. garden and the girls she loves to serve through AmeriCorps.