Our Community Garden is an important part of our community outreach each year. Church volunteers and their friends work hard throughout the the growing season preparing and enriching the soil, planting, weeding, tending, watering, and harvesting hundreds of pounds of vegetables.
Fresh vegetables lovingly grown by dedicated volunteers are joyfully donated to Pastor’s Pantry clients who are in need of food. Some of the fresh vegetables enjoyed by clients of Pastor’s Pantry include tomatoes; okra; three varieties of potatoes; asparagus; onions; green, red, and yellow peppers; eggplant; Brussel sprouts; blueberries; butternut squash; corn; kale and other greens.
The First Reformed UCC Community Garden continues to thrive with help from a great group of volunteers. Thanks to Edgar Miller, Aurelia Smith, Sylvia Walser, Vicki Gray, Mike Hooper, Clifton Murphy and John Smith for helping plant the late summer garden, harvest produce and pull weeds. The garden has produced almost 250 pounds of fresh produce for Pastor’s Pantry and the Open Hands Ministry this summer.
Thanks also to Linda Snider and the Davidson County Master Gardeners for conducting two training sessions in the garden. The co-planting garden with eggplant, peppers and butternut squash planted at the second workshop is doing great. Plans are in the works to host a composting workshop in the garden this fall with the Master Gardeners.
Board of Community Outreach Chairman Mark Smith is leading a discussion with the consistory on a long-term sustainability plan for the garden. Stay tuned for more details and be on the look out for opportunities to volunteer in the garden.