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Information related to St. Christopher's garden to give fresh vegetables to the hungry.

Information related to St. Christopher's garden to give fresh vegetables to the hungry.


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  • 1. St. Christopher’s Crops A Feeding Ministry From 2007
  • 2. Our Challenge In celebration of our 50th anniversary we were challenged by Fr. Steve to give something back to the community.
  • 3. Mission Grow lots of vegetables to give to the feeding ministries in central Indiana.
  • 4. Organization Logistics and Planning
  • 5. Garden Team Parishioners With and without gardening experience All ages Variety of talents and experiences Clergy connection Vestry member
  • 6. Site Selection Lots of sun Water available Fairly level Near refrigeration Visible
  • 7. De s ig n
  • 8. Plant Selection Start with warm weather crops Limit root crops Start some from seed and others from plants. Include some flowers Mix it up!
  • 9. Watering system and schedule Soaker hoses would be best Find someone who can water in the morning - a retiree Schedules are nice, but watch the weather
  • 10. Fundraising Asking for donations of money or goods at stores Some garden suppliers gave us leftovers Parishioners gave money, supplies and plants Letterhead note Wish tree
  • 11. Supplies Mailbox Landscape fabric for weed control Stakes Paper bags for food collection Old nylons for tying up plants
  • 12. Scheduling Work days Team members present Deliveries Check pantry schedules
  • 13. Food Pantries Paper bags Labels Survey
  • 14. Communication The key to getting good help
  • 15. Mailbox Journal Weed field guide Office supplies Small tools Twine
  • 16. To the Parish Farm reports Weekly weeders Newsletter articles Hall chart Celebrations
  • 17. Parish Activities Planting day Sunday school help times Scarecrow making Harvest celebrations
  • 18. To the World Flyers Donated Website Updated by garden crew
  • 19. Challenges Weather Weeds Wildlife Workers Budget Chemicals Appearance
  • 20. Internal Benefits Connections to nature Positive public relations Community building Veggie Vixens Intergenerational New members External focus Life skills
  • 21. External Benefits Outreach to community Food for hungry Partnerships Green space Carbon reduction Habitat Soil improvement
  • 22. The Future Recipes Raised beds Community gardens Grants

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