You don’t really have to get dirty. You can. But you don’t have to. We just hope you’ll get involved with the garden and with gleaning.
Did you know that First Christian Church has a garden? It’s located at 4321 S. Elm-Eugene Street, and every summer, we grow broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, and much more. The produce is shared with the food pantry to provide fresh, healthy food for hungry folks in our community.
Our garden ministry is coordinated by Steve Benbow with the help of lots of volunteers. Work sessions are held on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Come every week or just once in awhile. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to get your hands a little dirty!
This is a new project for First Christian: We’re working with the Society of St. Andrew, which organizes volunteers to glean in the fields of local farmers. Gleaning means to collect the leftovers—food that farmers won’t be able to harvest or sell and would otherwise go to waste. The food collected goes to local food pantries. We’re putting together a team of volunteers who would be willing to help once in a while. No commitment necessarily, and families can volunteer together when it fits with your schedule.