The garden has been good to our community this year. We have been able to share with our families who attended Vacation Bible School, our parishioners, many of whom are unable to garden for various reasons, our pastor and his family and many visitors to the church. However, most of the produce has been donated to our local food pantry. The weights listed are what was harvested and donated directly to those clients.
This summer has been cooler and wetter than usual – but it has been great weather for the garden, so no complaints! We are excited to share these vegetables with the Food Pantry we share with the Methodist Church, as well as the Food Pantry at Madison Presbyterian, and soon to the House of Hope, a food pantry through the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County to open in October.
We’re harvesting our tomatoes now! There is NOTHING like a home grown tomato! The pole beans are bearing, some beets are popping up, and the sweet peppers just keep coming.
Church members have added, from their home gardens, to what we share with the local food pantry. And last week, for the first time, we noticed that folks from the pantry’s host church had started bringing some fresh veggies, too. We think we started something good!
Our harvest has begun! Here is a picture of the first harvest given to the local food pantry that we partner with the Hanover United Methodist Church.