The PCM Community Garden and Sunday Garden Mart is a very successful mission project and has been growing since 2006.
The goals of the garden are three-fold. First, we hope to encourage a love of gardening and environmentally friendly practices while affording anyone interested the opportunity to grow their own produce. Secondly, we aim to offer fresh and wholesome produce to the congregation and the public at a minimal cost by promoting a “donations only” weekly mart during the growing season. Finally, and most importantly, we use all money generated by the project to help local hunger-fighting organizations.
Our garden space has grown from the original twenty-four 10 ft X 10 ft plots to a total of sixty-three 10 ft X 10 ft plots in the main garden north of the sanctuary and ten 4 ft X 8 ft raised beds in the former Scout Garden. The general public is invited to garden with us, as well as church members. We ask (but do not require) a $10 per plot donation to help cover costs like hoses, compost and fencing. Any leftover money is included in our end of season hunger fighting donations.
Everyone grows whatever they wish, and we ask that they give any extra produce to our Sunday Garden Mart. There, we share the bounty in exchange for cash donations. Any produce left at the close of the weekly mart is donated to Crossroads Prison Ministry. The monies raised at the marts are directed to local hunger relief efforts, including our church’s yearly Thanksgiving Basket Project, the Food Bank, and numerous local pantries. Each year our contributions have been larger than the previous season, and in the five years’ span of the project, we have contributed more than $6,100 to hunger relief.