A new garden design and gardening team debuted at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church this season, head gardener Monica reports. An Eagle Scout in the congregation built 6 new raised beds for their Plot against Hunger garden. His family and 5 others formed the core of the gardening team. The church’s social ministry committee worked to organize this core group, and different families tried different crops in the beds they worked. The families came together for a spring weeding session, a planting day, and a fall cleanup day. Watering, harvesting, and delivery of produce to AFAC were also shared tasks.
Together they harvested 140 pounds of produce. Peppers and eggplant were especially successful, partly because the squirrels and rabbits left them alone. The raised beds also produced tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil. The original garden plot at the church featured summer squash and pumpkin vines. The gardening team was grateful that abundant rainfall kept them from having to irrigate too much.
A blessing of the garden introduced the congregation to the program, and harvests were regularly displayed at Sunday coffee hours so that the community could see what was being produced. The gardeners are happy about the success of this important part of the church’s social ministry and look forward to another good season in 2019.