Light of Christ Community Garden
The mission of the Light of Christ Community Garden to bring people of our community together to work in unity for the benefit of others. Neighbors, friends and businesses, people of all faiths or no faith, various ethnic groups, the youth, elderly, able bodied and the disabled all participate in the management, building, harvest and distribution of the garden’s produce. In 2013, over 250 volunteers contributed roughly 2,800 volunteer hours to generate over 3,000 pounds of organic produce to the needful. Youth and adult groups from area churches as well as neighbors work shoulder to shoulder, building, maintaining, planting, weeding and harvesting.
One of the primary inspirations for the formation of the garden was its power to knit the community together, facilitate communication, and build foundations of trust, acceptance and understanding. The garden’s produce is donated to needful persons of the community.
The Light of Christ Community Garden Project consists of three major activities: building the garden; feeding the needful; and enhancing the community. The garden project is a community effort. Citizens, businesses, religious, social and professional organizations donate their time, talent and treasure to the success of the endeavor. As a community project, a majority of contributions come from outside the Light of Christ Congregation.
The garden is also used as a focal point for community events. Last year we held a “Spring into Action” 5K fun run and walk to encourage exercise and healthy life styles. In addition, we have held two neighborhood garage sales and pumpkin festivals. This year we had an activity, where youth harvested, and cleaned produce and delivered it to local community seniors. This event is also scheduled for 2014.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA