The First UMC, Rockwall Community Garden was started to allow members of the congregation a means to give back to the community and their fellow congregation members. By using their existing gardening skills and/or by learning new gardening methods, the members of the congregation are devoting their time to growing vegetables for use by food banks (such as Helping Hands) and for other members of the congregation. After the produce has set aside for the food banks, it will be distributed to the congregation on Sunday after the each services. After the Sunday distribution, any remaining produce will be added to the food bank produce.
The First UMC, Rockwall Community Garden consists of ½ acre of land located next to the Elizabeth Cameron Building. Of this land approximately 2,000 sq. ft. is devoted to a staging area (use to create mulch and hold material), 10,500 sq. ft. to vegetable gardening and the remaining 9,000 sq. ft. for future plantings. The garden will be watered, in most part, by rain water collected from the roof of the building in storage tanks and distributed in the garden by the means of drip tubing. In keeping with the Social Principles of the Methodist Church, organic means will be incorporated into the gardening whenever practical.
In the initial garden, there will be three types of tomatoes, okra, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, various herbs, asparagus, pumpkins, acorn squash, yellow squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and sugar baby watermelons. There will also be winter plantings. The intent will be to have continuous plantings in the garden. The plantings will change (both in types of produce and quantities) in the future based on our experience and the suggestions we receive from the congregation.
If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact the Church office 972-771-5500 and someone will contact you.
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