Our community "Garden of Giving" at Grace UMC is up and running for it's 2nd year! Through years of various food drives that collect lots of pre-packaged foods, Linda McLachlan who is a member of GUMC, recognized the lack of fresh produce that is made available in most local food banks. As a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, she values the importance of having fresh greens and other vegetables available in order to promote good health. So, she worked with church committee members to create a garden that would fill this need for the community.
The garden is located on the side lawn next to the children's playground. It was built in December of 2015 as an Eagle Scout project led by Troop 309 Boy Scout, Chris Wharton. The garden was first planted in the spring of 2016 with the help of local Boy Scouts from Grace’s Troop 89.
After a beautiful blessing and dedication ceremony on June 26th, 2016, our garden flourished as we sent pounds and pounds of fresh produce and culinary herbs to our friends at CUMAC. With the help of our garden committee volunteers, CUMAC customers were able to enjoy nourishment from collard greens, kale, swiss chard, red cabbage, green cabbage, arugula, lettuce, rosemary, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, zucchini, chives, yellow squash, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green beans!
This season we've been blessed with a generous donation of seedlings from local Girl Scout Troop 70126, which allows us to be able to add a variety of different types of tomatoes and squash along with our usual plantings. Thanks to Stone House Nursery and the McLachlan family for providing the additional plants and soil again this year, we are thrilled to be able to help provide some nutrient-dense fresh produce for others. Our hope is that these veggies will nourish the bodies and souls of all who enjoy them!
We are currently seeking volunteers for watering and later on for harvesting. If you can help out once or twice a month, or if you would like to make a donation for plants or equipment, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org