Pawtucket Congregational Chuch Community Garden
At a seed swap last spring in urban Lowell, MA, Pastor Ruth Richards spoke up about her wish to create a community garden at her historic church, which sits across the street from a fast food place at a busy intersection.
The congregation got on board, and two of the members have been accepted at the 2014 Garden Coordinator Institute. The 3-month course is run by the community gardening non-profit Mill City Grows, and expert gardeners and organizers will train the members to build and host a community garden.
In addition, the church has applied for and been accepted to Mill City Grows’ Build-A-Garden program, which provides expertise and materials for construction of up to 10 single-tier raised-bed garden plots, including lumber, fasteners, soil barriers, mulch, and compost. The cost has been approved and paid for by the church. The remaining costs for the garden must be raised from other sources.
The Pawtucket Congregational Church Community Garden will contain 10 raised beds in 1,100 square feet, and will be built by volunteers in April, using safe gardening practices for urban areas. The landless and food-insecure families and individuals who plant and volunteer in the garden will provide a source of fresh, healthy produce for themselves, and the production of up to 2 of the beds will be sown forward, both for the church’s weekend lunch program at the church and for donation to the local food bank.
The garden will be a form of community-building for the small congregation of the church. The garden will be built in a highly-visible area, and the members hope to make the community even better with this project - not perfect, but closer to great.
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