Growing food for the hungry

July 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Creations

This summer, churches around the country have tilled the ground, purchased seeds and lovingly tended the plants and watched the vegetables grow. But some of these volunteers won’t eat a bite of the produce–they’re giving much of it away!

Redeemer Covenant Church near Grand Rapids, Michigan is one of them. Church members worked together to create a 10,000 square foot garden plot on the church grounds. Some of the veggies will go back to the “farmers,” while the rest will help stock a new food pantry at the church.

“Our church doesn’t have a whole lot of money,” said Pastor Jack Brown in a local news article, “but we have land and we have lots of willing hands.”

The article mentions other area churches with their own community gardens, including Calvary Christian Reformed Church which added a prayer garden next to the vegetable plants.

On the southern coast, Common Ground Christian Church in Tampa, Florida broke ground on their own garden on “Home Farming Day” in April. The Urban Farming organization and Kraft Foods partnered with the church to create the 20 x 20 foot garden; it includes herbs, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and more, and all of it will given to food banks and homeless shelters.