Community Garden

A community garden with a small orchard, grape vines, and raised garden beds is planned for the east side of the building where Sunday School is held. It is a community outreach that will give persons with limited income and members of the congregation a place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. It is a United Methodist Church Earthkeeper Project.  
 
Five improved Meyer Lemon trees are pledged for the orchard. The trees can be planted  as soon as drip irrigation is installed and soil amendments are delivered. If you would like to help install the irrigation or help plant the trees, let the office or any Trustee know. Additional fruit trees will be added as funds become available.
 
The orchard will also include 3 table grape vines. These will be planted in the fall. Watch the Church Whisperer email and Church Calendar on the website for the day and time. 
 
A demonstration raised bed is located on the east side of room 10. The bed is an example of how the raised beds can be built and how the irrigation system might look. The bed is cared for the K-5th grade Sunday School.
 
Volunteers are needed to build raised garden beds, install irrigation lines (ending with a faucet in each garden bed), and add garden soil. These will be built in stages, as funding permits.
 
The beds can be leased to a member of the congregation, to a client of the Society of St. Stephen, or to a member of the local community.  Watch the Church Whisperer and the Trinity website for ways to help purchase the supplies and to help build the beds.
 
To reserve a garden bed now for yourself or for a Society of St. Stephen client, talk to Jo Ann Magner in the church office. The beds will lease for a modest fee that covers administrative costs, supplies used by everyone, and the cost of water.