Our Church Garden - Growing Fresh Food to Grow a Healthy Community
Updated: Mar 7
"therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken." - Genesis 3:23
Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church maintains a beautiful garden on the church property to support our local community. The Mission Ministry Team has devoted resources to this garden, and the members that help work it, to provide fresh food to people around us that need it most. A truly hands on mission that allows you to see in front of you the benefits of what you sow.
The church garden at ORPC is a great intergenerational way for folks to work together on a mission that supports local people that are in need of fresh food. The garden is in its fifth year of operation. It was started in 2015 and over the years has grown more and more. The church garden has taken off due to the leadership of members like Nancy Stoudemire. She has coordinated the planting and maintenance of the garden with around 10 workdays every year. The workdays have participation of many church members and also various groups associated with ORPC. These groups include (but are not limited to) the WOW circle, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Group, the Preschool and Deacons. In 2020 Nancy is stepping back from this role and this mission is looking for some people to help coordinate the continued success of the garden.
In 2019 the garden produced and distributed to Share the Harvest 440 pounds of fresh produce. Share the Harvest is an all volunteer organization that connects community gardens and gardeners to individuals who are in need of food, in this case, quality produce. Share the Harvest has set up Collection Sites for this produce. From the Collection Sites, the produce is taken to the IRC (Interactive Resource Center) where it will be sorted and distributed throughout the community in Guilford County via a variety of food banks and other organizations that help get food to the neediest among us. In addition to Share the Harvest, produce has also gone to Good Samaritan Ministries in Stokesdale, children that participate in BackPack Beginnings at Oak Ridge Elementary, and homebound members of the congregation at ORPC.
The first workday for 2020 season is Saturday March 14th from 9am-12pm. It is time to pull weeds from the beds and do a little early planting. Bring your hoes, rakes, and gloves. No experience is necessary. All ages and abilities are welcome! Watch Taylor Austin's video to learn more. You can contact Taylor, our Director of Faith Formation, for more information or to volunteer to help.