Wednesday, July 16 2014, 06:54 PM EDT
Garden Thieves to Garden Volunteers
Wednesday, a mother, daughter team spent their afternoon working in the East Ridge Community Garden, "The Salad Patch".
How the pair got there, is somewhat unusual.
They first came by the garden on Monday, a day after someone pillaged everyone's hard work.
That is when Stephanie and Aalyiah Portis learned it's a community garden that grows produce for its volunteers.
"We walked by, and I told my daughter, 'looks like the bounty has already been picked,' Stephanie Portis said. "We just wanted a couple things to make a salad."
A police officer stopped them, followed by garden caretaker Mimi Lowrey, who thought they might be more thieves.
The garden caretaker said this is the first time something like this has ever happened.
"I got down here Sunday, and everything had been picked," said Lowrey. "Including the little bitty ones. Later, I got a call saying someone else was in the garden picking."
Little did she know, they would become her friends, and biggest helpers.
"I came down and met two friends," said Lowrey.
This is the second year for the community garden.
This year, they received $2,000 through a Tennessee Parks and Rec grant.
With that, they were able to get a tiller, seeds, and plants.