Community Garden

All Souls Garden Ministry

The All Souls Community Garden was started in the spring of 2012 to grow fresh foods to donate to food banks in the Mechanicsville and Richmond area.  In the past six years, the garden has donated over 7 tons pounds of produce to Mechanicsville Church’s Emergency Fund’s Pantry, Northside Baptist Church's Loaves and Fishes feeding program, the McShin Foundation, Hanover Evangelical Friends Church, Church Hill Wellness Center, Moments of Hope, and individuals in need.  The garden, worked entirely by volunteers from All Souls as well as friends and community organizations, is fulfilling our mission of Serving God in our Community in a real and sustainable way.

Each year, we begin and end our growing season with a community blessing, ever mindful that all we have is a gift from our creator. Our fresh vegetables are truly appreciated by all who receive them!  Many times the only fresh foods at the food banks is the food from All Souls!   

Volunteers are the backbone of the garden! The success of our mission is dependent on the time that volunteers spend tilling, planting, weeding, picking, washing, weighing and packaging, and delivering food.  The garden is a special place for our volunteers who come to work, be with friends, reflect on the special relationship significance of growing and producing food that is shared, and to be a part of this special ministry that feeds so many.  Volunteers were honored on November 5 at 11:30 am, and the garden Blessed with a Thanksgiving service.  

The 2019  Garden has been planted with onion, garlic, spinach, carrots, beets, cabbage, turnips and kale, bush and pole beans, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.  Volunteers are the backbone of our garden!  We are grateful to youth and adult volunteers from Atlee Church and Hanover Service Academy for their valuable work in our garden.  Regular Garden work days are Sundays and Wednesdays, 6 - 7 pm.  We hope you will join us in the garden for laughter, sharing, pulling weeds, harvesting and preparing food for distribution, and having a great time!

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