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The Good Soil: Part I

Our church community garden as of May 11, 2013.

It started with a small idea.

Now it’s growing.

An idea popped into my head one day and I asked my husband, “what if we started a community garden at church?”

We have land that we’re not really using to it’s fullest extent at church and I felt we had an opportunity to do something that benefits our church community and possibly the community surrounding us, if we can grow enough food.

So I asked a couple of women at my church what they thought, and they kind of ran with it.

Here is where we started, March 24.

The "before" photo of our community garden.

The “before” photo of our community garden.

And here we were April 20 with some corn popping up.

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We also cleared (well, some of us super-strong women pulled up the first two and then we mostly left things to a chainsaw) these shrubs and have planted some basil and hope to have a fruit tree or two here:

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As of May 11, you can see what it looks like at the top of this post and below. It’s a little weedy, but awesome! Corn, tomatoes, zucchini and bell peppers.

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I’m so excited we’re starting to see our crops grow, and I hope we can be blessing to our community in this way.

“But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what is sown.” (Matthew 13:23)