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Quaker Inspiration

Here's an article Elizabeth is sharing from the Quaker newsletter, about a community garden in Colorado.

Let inspiration seize you as you read it!

Quakers & Community Gardens
By Rebecca Morris • April 20, 2010

The Community Gardens at 2222 W. Vine St.,
Northern Colorado, has been a project of the
Fort Collins Friends Meeting (Quakers) on the
lot next to their Meeting House for several
Last season, the group donated more than
400 pounds of produce from the gardens to the
Larimer County Foodbank in addition to
growing their own harvest. In past years,
students from Irish Elementary and Colorado
State University helped plan and tend the
gardens. This year, a group of Friends
members and enthusiastic gardeners from the
surrounding neighborhood have once again
staked out 8-foot-by-10-foot family garden plots
in hopes of a bumper crop.
‘Our meeting is enthusiastic about this project,
providing the opportunity to use our Meeting
property in a way that benefits the surrounding
community,’ said meeting member and garden
organizer Shannon Harker. ‘The community
garden project was very successful in 2009.
We were unable to accommodate all those who
wanted garden plots.’
This season, the Friends have approved a
small chicken project as part of the sustainable
garden. The chickens’ droppings will be used
as natural and organic fertilizer for the soil and
compostable vegetables will be fed to the
chickens from the garden.
‘We are all volunteers and are interested in
building community, growing our own food,
helping feed the hungry by donating to the food
bank and sustaining our Earth,’ the group
proclaims on their dedicated blog:
Harker said youth from the meeting will also
participate, which makes for a great way for
families to be a part of the community.


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Here's what a church community garden can be about

Here's an article about a community garden in a United Church of Christ (Jana's demonination in the states) in Hawaii. Check out the item in bold...

Hawaiian church promotes sustainability, reaps what it sows

Written by Diane Weible
October - November 2008

Local community members and Church of the Pacific UCC congregants regularly tend to the shared garden. Glenn Frazier photo.
Community gardening aids environment
It took almost four months for the first seeds to be planted in the community garden, but today many people are benefiting from an effort that began with a seed of an idea from a member of Church of the Pacific UCC on Kauai, Hawaii.

Deeply concerned about the lack of sustainable agriculture on the island, Gabrielle Pla knew small steps to encourage gardening could make a positive difference in the community. For this reason, she volunteered to take the lead in creating a community garden.

"At the beginning I felt there was a real need for good, affordable produce," she said. "The community garden would provide good food and good community among people on the North Shore." A group of 20 people joined the effort. Each person paid $25 to have Joseph Dunsmore, an agricultural specialist at Kauai Community College, come to the church to give classes on gardening, soils, crops, and marketing. Class participants then got together to work on the garden. These workers, most of whom had no prior church affiliation, chose a site on the church property, rototilled, dug, weeded, watered, and now are harvesting the plentiful greens.

Some creative members within the group encouraged thinking "outside the box." As a result, traditional straight planting lines were tossed out and a labyrinth pattern was created. Pastor Glenn Frazier said this design has stimulated significant interest from people driving by the church.

In August, eight large bags of greens were harvested from the garden and distributed at the weekly North Shore Food Pantry. Glenn said that when Gabrielle was able to help with the harvesting of those bags of greens, she knew her commitment to Church of the Pacific UCC and its commitment to the community were coming together.
"I have, from the beginning, been amazed at the sustained interest and participation," she said. "Now we have adequate produce for everyone who wants it and still have plenty to give to the community food pantry."

Besides emphasizing sustainability and encouraging healthy eating habits, the garden hopes to stimulate others in the community to learn what is necessary to get the deficient soils of Kauai to produce great gardens. Already, more gardens are being planted in tiny home boxes as well as on large land plots.
Glenn summed it up: "The creative teamwork is a wonderful exercise in earth stewardship, affirmed as the group digs its toes into the fertile earth, holds hands in prayer, and offers thanks to God for the opportunities of this partnership!"