These are just a few of the things we did this summer. I can honestly say that our camps were a success, and a wonderful testing “ground” for our garden camp curriculum that we will be publishing shortly. If your church or nonprofit is inspired to try out this timely concept of teaching the next generation to grow and eat fresh food and understand how amazing God’s creation really is, stay tuned for an announcement of the availability of the curriculum. Also in the works is a book about doing a church or nonprofit food pantry and garden.
There’s nothing like a mission team to get things started in a big way.
A big THANK YOU shoutout to Rivatrace Baptist Church for volunteering their Friday and Saturday this past weekend to help us clean up and prepare the beds for the 2013 planting season. What do you get when you combine middle schoolers and shovels? Energy!
Check out the info on the Garden Camps page under the Giving Garden and Pantry tab. For kids in grades K-5. Cool activities all tied in to gardening, actual planting and harvesting, crafts, lessons and more.
As you can see, we had a very productive summer, especially when it comes to tomatoes! Our beds were filled and amended with the best soil imaginable thanks to the knowledge of our neighbor (lovingly called Farmer John,) and the tomatoes would have grown to six feet if we had not continually cut them back. We were able to provide fresh produce all summer long to the recipients of our food pantry.
Our garden gate was installed by a visiting mission team from Ohio. As soon as we have funds, we fervently hope to get perimeter fencing installed to keep out the neighborhood pets–a real necessity when it comes to providing healthy and uncontaminated vegetables.
We have plans to build a small tool shed so that volunteer gardeners have handy access to garden tools, and our rainwater system is still in the hoped-for stage. If anyone out there in internet land has the information on where to get the parts we need to make our barrels usable, please contact us.
Check out the full story on the Giving Garden page at http://lifewerks.org/giving-garden/the-giving-garden/ Woo-hoo! Thank you volunteers and Home Depot team!
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Coming soon, Gardening tips and experiences! You may even want to follow the progress of our worm farm.
Home Depot is coming! Thursday, May 17th, volunteers from several Home Depot stores will be coming to build raised beds and fill them, set posts in concrete so we can hang our donated wrought iron gates, and several other smaller projects.
This raised bed is our first “seed” donation. When our neighbor heard that we planned to make a vegetable garden to compliment our food pantry, he built and planted this bed as a surprise! It’s beautiful and exactly what we need to make gardening effective and easy on the backs of the volunteers who come to help us.
We have plans for an incredible garden that will not only provide needed produce, but a place of respite and connection for those who come to serve and those who come for our services. We have room for seven more raised beds and a seating area where people can rest and connect. An overhead trellis will provide shade. A pair of beautiful antique iron gates were donated for a formal entry. With a surrounding fence, a small tool shed, water hook-up and an electric line, the entire project will cost about $5,000.
Won’t you consider helping us by volunteering or with a donation of cash or the things needed to build our garden? We have a complete project breakdown including the smallest hinge. Please contact us if you would like a copy of our project breakdown, or have something you think we may be able to use.
Materials for our raised bed garden build have been delayed. The new date for our build is May 17th. Antique gates with new hinges have been picked up and will be wire-brushed and ready to hang. Donated heirloom tomatoes, peppers and eggplants have been set aside and are waiting to be put to bed. Two boxes of seeds are ready to plant. Volunteers have volunteered! More are always welcome!