The mission of Grace Gardens is to show the love of Christ by building relationships, teaching good stewardship of God’s creation, and growing and distributing healthy food for those in need within our community.
According to the Ottawa County Food Policy Council, access to affordable, fresh and healthy produce is one of the top challenges for people in need. Love in Action’s goal is to have a productive garden that is also educational and inspirational. The garden is being planned out to contain a prayer walk and have accessibility.
Grace Gardens is located on the grounds of the Church of the Nazarene, 1620 S. Beechtree in Grand Haven. The Church has graciously allowed the garden to be placed in the area where they once had their baseball field.
It is planned that at the beginning of May the soil will be tilled where vegetables are to be planted. There is also a plan to build raised beds as well as some elevated beds for accessibility. Work sessions with then take place to prepare the layout, set-up and seed planting, and transplanting. Major planting will take place during the last week of May.
Who Will Work the Garden?
Grace Gardens will be maintained by volunteers from the community who may come individually or in groups. This is a great opportunity for families, business groups and small groups from churches. All who enjoy being outdoors, working in the dirt, and watching things grow are welcome. Even if they have little or no gardening experience, a volunteer can be placed alongside an experienced gardener who will educate them in the process.
What Will the Garden Produce?
Grace Gardens will produce vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, kale, spinach, peppers, carrots, radishes, beans, and onions as well as herbs and watermelon. The hope and prayer is to produce 750 lbs of healthy produce for Love in Action’s 11 food pantries.
How is the Garden Maintained and Funded?
Grace Gardens will rely on the community for volunteers to work the garden and cash or in-kind donations to provide the seeds, plants, and tools necessary to make the garden grow. Many plants have been started through the Student Leadership Council of Lakeshore Middle School and are also being donated by local contributors, though much is still needed.
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