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 five years, the garden has donated 9419 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, 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.  

2017 was a bountiful year for the garden.  It produced over 3400 pounds of food by the work of our faithful volunteers.  Food is taken to MCEF, Christian Village, and Church Hill Wellness Group weekly. 

June 2017 - We have been notified that we have received the Mustard Seed Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia of that will allow us to fund building of two elevated raised beds to make working in the garden easier for some of our gardeners, and provide a safe place to grow delicious carrots and beets, a favorite of pesky voles!  We will also build a raised bed for a children's garden, and for compost and compost/soil mix to fill the beds.  Soon we will purchase the wood and supplies to build the beds and are looking for people to help us.  If you can assist with any of these, please contact Lee Hanchey at lghanchey@gmail.com

 

 

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