A former farmer, Bishop William Erickson of the Battle Creek 2nd Ward thought of the ward garden as a way to help his ward through the trying economic and spiritual times. After the Pleasant Grove Utah East Stake was asked to develop a 3-acre parcel of land in 2008, Bishop Erickson realized gardening was an efficient way to teach gospel principles, as well as supplement the needs of the Bishops' Storehouse, the use of which, he said, had increased by 40 percent as the economy had recently faltered.
What started as a simple idea to help a ward in troubled economic times has sprouted into a program that will continue to benefit present and future ward members and non-members alike.
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