How Does Your Garden Grow?

An update from The Plant a Seed ~ Feed the Need Community Garden Spring 2015

I am often asked by St. Christopher parishioners on Sunday mornings, “So, how’s it going in the garden?”  This is my canned response. “It is amazing, you should join us out there and see for yourself”  hint hint, hoping to inspire another volunteering heart and hand to participate in our efforts to provide fresh organic produce to our neighbors in need. 

The truth of the matter is this, it is a given that at any moment there are 35 fruit trees in various seasonal stages of doing what they do, making peaches, figs, apples, pears, pomegranates, grapefruit, lemons, satsumas, oranges, blueberries, blackberries and olives.  You can also count on the fact that there are a dozen raised areas where you can find all varieties of leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cabbage, corn and green beans among a myriad of other herbs and flowers to attract beneficial insects allowing us to ignore conventional toxic resolutions.  In short it is and has been a very productive garden since its beginning in the Fall of 2008.  But we are not just growing food.

What you cannot see are the connections that have been made between folks that were strangers when they arrived to lend a helping hand.  You cannot measure the hope that is given to those in need when they receive a sack of groceries from the food pantry.  You cannot quantify the learning experience that children have when they poke tiny seeds in the soil and return to harvest the carrots they planted with a look of total surprise.  Carrots don’t grow in plastic bags at the grocery store, who knew?

The garden is cultivating a culture of service, faith, and hope.

We would like to thank the following groups for volunteering their time in the garden this past year and for generously donating materials and funds.  The Junior Jr. league of Galveston, Youth from St. Christopher and Good Shepherd in Friendswood, Boy Scout Troop 609, Missionaries from The Church of Latter Day Saints, Clear Creek High School students and staff, Girl Scout troop 26227, Bay Area First Baptist Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Nassau Bay, Clear Horizons High School students, New Hope church of Alvin, Galveston County Master Gardeners, Walmart of League City, The City of League City, and many individuals and families that return week after week to help us maintain the garden.

Recently we hosted a birthday party for a 10 year old girl who requested donations for the garden instead of gifts.  What an amazing request from this generous and thoughtful giving child that is modeling service to her friends and family!  We are planting a persimmon tree in her honor and calling it The Giving Tree. 

We will soon have exciting news to share about the future of the community garden so be on the lookout for ways that you can become involved in this rich and diverse outreach project.

See you in the garden!

Ally