Opequon Presbyterian Church Community Garden
The Opequon Presbyterian Church Community Garden's mission statement is "Growing and Sharing the Light of Christ with our Community and World". The church started the community garden in May of 2011 with just over 500 square feet of garden space. The primary goal of the community garden is to provide fresh, healthy food to Highland Food Pantry who distributes the produce to local low income residents. Highland food pantry serves over 5000 individuals each year. 56% of the families have at least one person employed and 20% of the families are headed by a person that is 65 years old or older. 26.5% of the families have Hispanic surnames. Many families live in chronic poverty; however, 64% of those have visited once due to a situational crisis, such as illness or job loss. It takes the gifts and talents many to grow fresh produce to share with the hungry in our community. The community garden is tended completely by volunteers mainly from the church congregation. We also have volunteers from other churches as well as people in the community. The land on which the garden is located is generously provided by Hedgebrook Farm, a working family dairy farm. We have been helping Highland food pantry serve the low income community in the Winchester area for the past 3 years. We have donated more than 2200 pounds of produce including cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, blueberries, broccoli, tomatillos, potatoes, swiss chard, winter squash, green beans, radishes, onions, lettuce, beets, and peppers of all varieties. The garden began as an idea of faith in the early spring of 2011 and has blossomed into 22 raised beds that provides fresh produce to the hungry in our community. It is truly God's garden.
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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