GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN, originally known as the Methodist Community Gardens, has grown and given away 20 tons (40,000 lbs) of vegetables and herbs to our neighbors in need over the past ten years and provided programs that benefit all through education, mentoring and volunteering. There is no restriction as to religion, race or ethnicity. The garden also grows and distributes more than 200 vases of flowers per year, to all local nursing homes and shut-ins. We strive to provide a safe, beautiful and well equipped garden facility. The garden has been in existence since 1996 under the leadership of retired Bishop Dale White and in 2008 after working in the garden as a volunteer Linda Wood took over as coordinator.
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER 2018
God’s Community Garden is feeling blessed with our harvest of vegetables and herbs this year.
January thru October 2018, 5,098 lbs were given away free at our farm stands, soup kitchens and pantries. 200 vases of flowers were delivered to our local nursing homes.
We operate four Farm Stands on Aquidneck Island where we distribute fresh vegetables and herbs weekly for individuals, families and senior citizens who cannot afford to go to the store and pay for them. All our vegetables and herbs are given away. Our three greenhouses; one hoop house (14’X96’) and two High Tunnels (22’X96’) provide more than half of our production in the garden.
We set our goal this growing season for 5,000 lbs planning a clear vision and path to get there. A new straw bale garden was created harvesting 502 lbs of squash and staggering our planting of greenhouse cucumbers harvested 2,185 cukes weighing 1,340 lbs. Another big tally was 1,000 lbs of tomatoes.
October is our month we clear out the greenhouses and plant our winter harvesting crops. November thru February 2019 we will be delivering produce to the Salvation Army, Warm up Wednesdays at St Paul’s UMC, Florence Gray Center Food Pantry and the Bristol Food Bank.
Our Farm Stands will be closed but our customers will be able to get their fresh greens each week at the pantries.
I cannot believe how fast the year has gone. Our growing conditions were not ideal but that didn’t matter much. We are always proud of the community garden even when things are falling apart. We celebrate all the small surprises. They make us smile and laugh. Fun is better than perfect.
No need to worry as you can see this is GOD’S AMAZING GARDEN.
God’s Community Garden, we believe, is run by faith. This amazing garden is “GOD’S WORK OUR HANDS” It is filled with so much love and dedication and it just keeps on GIVING. We are blessed with donations and grants.
Our plans just evolve. If we need something done, volunteers, students, school groups are here whenever we ask. Funding is always provided and the production just keeps on growing. When we need more, the opportunities arise. Then become a reality. We are always trying to find new ideas to make our garden special.
Most grants are given to the garden for specific projects not for operational use. Since God’s Community Garden is operating year round it becomes harder for us to receive these funds that we are dependent on. We have no operating capital for our everyday programs, repairs, improvements or expansions unless we write in for a grant or ask for donations which is not always the right time to do so. We are running our garden from hand to mouth so to speak. Everything we produce is given away so we have no return of our investment for another year. Our garden is operated only with the funds that we receive. Although it is always a challenge it is not as important as the people we serve. We will keep the faith and everything will be done.
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN DONATE TO GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN, PLEASE CONTACT THE PUMC CHURCH OFFICE AT 401-683-4005. YOU MAY ALSO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GARDEN AT http://www.godscommunitygarden.com/ AND ON FACEBOOK AT http://www.godscommunitygardenri.com/