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.
GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN JANUARY NEWS 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
How amazing is GOD’S Community Garden? AMAZING !!!
We give all our thanks and praise to GOD for a wonderful year filled with so many blessings. 5,476 lbs of vegetables given away to 1,126 farm stand customers, food pantries and soup kitchens. 200 vases of flowers were distributed to local nursing homes.
Received $14,875 in grants to restore, replace and refresh the garden and to add a new Straw Bale Garden. $10,000 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation will be used for a new irrigation system 2019.
We had so many volunteers replacing all new plastic coverings on our three greenhouses and replacing new garden boxes and assembling cattle panel and straw bales for our new garden. To name a few; East Bay Met High School, St George’s School, Salve Regina and Embrace Home Loans.
The garden is back at work. We are still harvesting cold weather crops; lettuce spinach, kale, carrots, radishes, turnips, chard and Asian greens every week until the end of February. All Farm Stands are closed until May but our produce is still being delivered to designated food pantries.
The community garden is always looking for volunteers to do GOD’s work; garden hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10AM- 12PM
Our garden relies solely on grants and donations to maintain and operate our greenhouses and gardens year-round.
Please donate to support our mission so we can continue what we do best….GIVING
Linda Wood, Coordinator
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/