Jackson Area Ministries is located in Jackson, Ohio, an economically depressed rural Appalacian community. Every year during the spring, garden seeds are collected to support the Green Thumb Community Gardening project. The project reaches nearly 3,000 families through seeds, seed potatoes, and plants. In 2016, New Hope grew over 1000 tomato, melon, pepper, and cucumber plants for the project’s outreach. Later in the summer, canning jars were provided for the the JAM/County Extension Service home canning education program so gardeners would be able to preserve their harvest. Members also have an opportunity to participate in short-term mission projects such as making repairs to the home of low-income homeowners.