I have long been interested in community gardens.
They come in several different configurations.
It can be a large area divided into plots.
Each plot tended by a different gardener.
Or it can be a place where a community comes together
To grow things.
Or for others.
This spring I finally get to participate in a community garden.
You may recall I wrote about planting it a few months ago.
It’s located at our new local client choice food pantry
And food resource center named Loaves & Fishes.
At the moment this garden consists of 10 raised beds.
Built as an Eagle Scout project.
Then our volunteer extraordinaire David
Added 3 – 250 gallon rain barrels that are catching the rain water
From the roof of the building.
After a 2 inch rain
They are full.
We’ve been cutting greens each week
To share with the clients who come to us for food.
Imagine going to a food pantry and getting a bag of freshly cut spinach
Or Swiss chard.
It’s just heavenly!
But we’ve had a few challenges along the way.
As it turns out our garden sits at the bottom of a slight bowl.
And it’s been
Well a bit of a pond.
So Saturday was Family Volunteering Day
At Loaves & Fishes.
75 volunteers from the community,
A Cub Scout Troop
As well as the corporate sponsors for the day
And Central National Bank
Came to help.
They made quick work of spreading
A truck load of fill sand.
Then moving gravel into the paths between the beds.
Within a few hours we went from pond
To problem solved.
It was an amazing transformation.
Now this is really more hardscape work
Than actual gardening.
And we may have completely worn out this group of volunteers.
But the thing is
We are community.
To solve a problem.
Growing great food
For people who really need it
And appreciate the care
We take to help them.
For years my passion has been feeding people in need.
Now at Loaves & Fishes I get to watch others find their passion.
If you haven’t found a way to help others.
I hope you find a passion
And a home for it
That is as much fun as this wonderful community.
Or better still
Come and join us
Gardening for good and helping feed others.
P.S. If you have extra produce or eggs from your own garden we would appreciate
Your bring them to Loaves & Fishes. We’ll find them a grateful home!