Canned food drives are so yesterday. While still an important tool for feeding the hungry, many churches are also looking at their land and their members to get more people involved and find more ways to put food on the tables of those less fortunate. The organic church garden may well be the new food bank of the twenty-first century.
In 2011, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in North Bellmore, New York transformed an unused 50X100 piece of property into an organic farm. The Garden at St. Mark’s has since harvested and donated thousands of pounds of fresh organic produce to the Long Island Council of Churches food pantry in Freeport, New York.
Recently, St. Mark’s kicked off its third growing season, and many members, friends and volunteers rolled up their sleeves to tend to the garden. You can read more about the effort at my post for Edible Long Island.
Through the connection of soil and spirit, the Garden at St. Mark’s aims to harvest heavenly vegetables and nurture a community of healthy bodies, big hearts, open arms and achy muscles.
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