Ambler Army Veteran Cultivates a Strong Community Through Gardening


Jeri “Momma J” Brockington has been cultivating strong relationships in her community by giving away the produce she grows in the garden of her Ambler home, writes Matteo Iadonisi for 6ABC.

Brockington spent two years in the Army after finishing school, but her commitment to service began earlier than that. She learned the importance of cultivating a strong community from her great-grandmother, who would generously give free food from her garden to neighbors. In her retirement, Brockington is continuing that same tradition.

“When we moved here, I ran straight in this yard and visualized using every area of the space to grow food,” she said. “I went door to door, introduced myself, and encouraged my neighbors to grow.”

From those early introductions, Brockington gave birth to Momma J’s Country Gardening, which keeps growing each year. Brockington invites neighbors to spend time together in her backyard where she shares free produce, education, and Bible verses. She also has a YouTube channel that helps her reach an even wider audience.

“Money is not it,” said Brockington. “Just a smile is what makes a difference to me.”

Read more about Jerri Brockington at 6ABC.

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