Gloves lay on the ground at the Giving Garden outside of Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Jonathan created the garden for his Eagle Scout project and will grow seasonal fruits and vegetables that will be used by the community. (Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The sophomore at Robert E. Lee High School got the idea for a community garden when he was traveling through Europe last summer with his family for his sister’s graduation.

“We went to a place in England called Bath and we saw this huge community garden. It was a really cool experience, because you could tell how much everyone was interested in and devoted to their work of making plants grow,” Jonathan said.

In November, Jonathan talked to Pollard United Methodist Church, where he is a member, to see if they were interested in partnering to make a community garden.

The garden would be a collaborative effort between Pollard United Methodist Church and Andy Woods Elementary School to provide a learning atmosphere for the school’s fifth-graders and teach the basics of pesticide-free gardening, nutrition and the importance of helping those who are less fortunate, as a significant portion of the food grown in the garden would be donated to the People Attempting To Help (PATH) food…