Pure religion: Planting a garden

In 1933, idleness was the No. 1 problem, even more than the lack of food or heat for homes.

The Pioneer Stake, in Salt Lake City, Utah, was able to obtain a fine piece of property just south of the stake’s boundaries, where we planted a garden.

We obtained water for our garden from the city water mains which was freely granted to us by the city water department. It gave us ample water to take care of the garden.

Our garden was one of the most beautiful in the city and was the means for supplying our men and boys, as well as women and girls, with work during the summer months.

There was planting to be done as well as cultivating and harvesting.

All joined in the spiritual blessings which came through our efforts.

We were proud of our best crop — beets — which became a project for the men and boys. They would go after work and were placed in groups where each completed the tasks that they were given. They rotated the work — thinning and weeding beets.

In the fall, when the beets were to be harvested, floodlights were mounted on poles throughout the gardens. These lights were furnished by the Utah Power and Light Company free of charge.

It seemed that everyone wanted to help us and there seemed to be no obstacle that we could not overcome.

The men would top the beets and load them in the trucks.

Even when the day was cold and stormy and sometimes when the ground was covered with snow, the men would be found working.

The beets supplied us with the cash to take care of our needs at the storehouse at Welfare Square. — Jesse M. Drury, “Red Shoes and Other Stories from Welfare Square,” p. 55.