Beaver Lake Community Garden

2019:  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat… (Matthew 25:35)

We recently received some exciting news from the ELCA: Beaver Lake Lutheran Church has been selected to receive our second Domestic Hunger Grant! (As you might recall, our first Domestic Hunger Grant was used to build a community garden.)  This news is particularly exciting because we are the only church in the St. Paul Area Synod (a synod of nearly 120 churches) to receive this grant.  Many churches, including churches much larger than ours, along with a number of non-profit organizations within our synod, applied for this grant.  For us to be the sole recipients of this grant is really great news!  Another exciting piece of news is that only about ten percent of those who applied for the grant are fully funded and we are one of the organizations that is fully funded. We will receive more than $13,000 over the course of the next three years to develop community gardens on our property.

The Outreach Team will consult with the Church Council and Property Team in terms of how to best develop the land for these gardens, but the preliminary plan for the gardens looks something like this:

1) The first year we will use the money to upgrade our current community garden and begin work developing a second garden.

2) The second year, we will continue to upgrade the first two garden spaces and we will look at developing a site with raised bed gardens for people whose mobility is limited.

3) The third year we will look at further developing our raised bed garden site. 

Again, these are preliminary plans and we will work closely with the different ministry teams in developing the garden plots.  Please keep these projects in your prayers and talk to someone on the Outreach Team if you are interested in helping with the planning or if you would like to work in the garden.  There has been some talk of having a gardening  team  formed, but at least to start, we will try  to coordinate the work through the existing ministry teams. 

Our prayer is that our community garden program will help families in our neighborhood who struggle with food insufficiency.

 

2018:  Beaver Lake applied for and received a $2,500 grant from the ELCA to build a community garden to serve our neighbors and local refugees in partnership with Arrive Ministries and Achieve Language Academy.  The community garden project was unanimously approved by the Outreach Committee on April 24, 2018.  The Property Committee had a chance to weigh in and ask questions on April 30, 2018 and gave the Garden Team their go-ahead.  The congregation also had an opportunity to learn about the project and ask questions in a discussion forum on May 6, 2018 and were in support of the garden.  Therefore, the BLLC Council voted by email on May 8th to make use of the $2,500 ELCA grant to create a new community/refugee garden with approximately ten to twelve 20' x 20' plots to start with.  They gave Pastor Nate and the Garden Team permission to immediately start breaking ground and go forward with the steps needed to develop the garden for use in 2018 in the area between Stillwater Avenue and the Labyrinth.  They were also given permission to install rain barrels on the south side of the Education Hall to be used to provide water for the garden.  

 

Any questions about the garden?  Please contact Pastor Nate or a Community Garden Team member: Deb Houtkooper, Lynda Woodman, Leslie Shank, Ann O'Keefe or Katie Xiong.

 

New pictures are added often.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the progress!

 

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Pastor Nate breaking ground!
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Lots of cut sod to move with a shovel...?
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Jeremy had a better idea!
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Sod is gone!
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Compost is delivered.
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A post hole digger is a handy machine for so many holes!
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