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We raised $1,180 from generous contributors (THANK YOU!) during our December fundraiser and received a $200 challenge grant from Seed Money. Plans are underway to add ramps to the garden fence gates and build wheelchair-accessible planters.
Our garden is a 3-part charter agreement of 1/3 church members, 1/3 surrounding community non-church members, and 1/3 immigrant populations. Our garden supports vegetable growing for approximately 28 individuals and their families. All garden plots are rented by their gardener to grow their own vegetables at a cost of $32 per season. This fee covers the cost of water.
In addition to our rented garden plots, we also have designated food shelf plots where we plant, grow, and deliver fresh vegetables to surrounding food shelves. In 2020, we began providing vegetables (813 pounds) to Every Meal, a nonprofit providing food for children living with food insecurity. These plots are managed by the participating gardeners and church volunteers.
In addition to our rented garden plots, we also have designated food shelf plots where we plant, grow, and deliver fresh vegetables to surrounding food shelves. This is managed by the participating gardeners and church volunteers. New Life Presbyterian Church is an Earth Care Congregation. We do not allow the use of herbicides or pesticides and limit our use of fertilizers to only those that are approved by the Garden Coordinating Committee.
Church volunteers are welcome to help with garden maintenance, manage food shelf plots and participate as gardeners.
We would appreciate any help, especially with weeding and hauling compost. Do you or someone you know want to garden? It’s a great service opportunity for young people! If you would like to help in the garden, please contact us!