Garden Ministry

“For I was hungry and you gave me food . . .” “Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35, 40

Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 pm – Putting together seed packets – room 109 - bring a stapler

The Garden Ministry at St. Mark's serves the church food bank by growing vegetables in a parishioner maintained garden.

Additionally, the gardens provide over 40 plots to refugee families to grow food for themselves.  Not only does the garden provide a means to grow food familiar to the refugee families, it helps to build a sense of community between peoples displaced from their homes, trying to start over in a new country. It brings new friendships and support for homesickness.                      

Adults and Children of all ages encouraged to participate in gardening. It is a fun experience for all.

The Seeds of Hope project needs your support. Seeds and plant trays will be distributed on Sunday, March 18. Please take a packet home, add soil, a couple of seeds to each "cell", and add water and sun. With the popsicle stick label in place return on Sunday, May 20 to the garden (back edge of back parking lot).  For a copy of the instructions that went home - click here.

Most importantly we ask for your prayers for the safety of all the gardeners, for a rich and bountiful harvest, and for everyone who participates to find themselves closer to God.

Please scroll below to see all the wonderful people and companies who help to support the garden

Volunteers Needed

Caller Help – We are looking for a few people who would be willing to help call and personally invite ministry members to our big garden events. This will be about three times a summer.   

Bulletin Writer – Looking for someone who will write and submit bulletin announcements about events and ministry news.

Web Page Updater – You can be as creative or simple as you want, as long as the info is there! Fairly simple program to use (similar to Microsoft Word). Updates needed a few times a month over the summer.

Volunteering in the Garden – Saturdays and Wednesdays 9:00-11:00  Mark your calendars, we’ll be meeting all summer long (May-October). It’s enjoyable to weed or harvest while conversing with other parishioners. The garden is always open if you’d like to come another time – I’ll even meet you to show you the ropes.  

Kids in the Garden -  Kids of all ages are always welcome. We have raspberries and cherry tomatoes to snitch and a sandbox area to relax in when they are through with the work. We know kids will be kids!

Flood Irrigation Watering – Looking for people to flood the Garden of Plenty. Time slots are Mondays 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 3pm-9pm, and Fridays 8am-1pm. We water all three days and it takes about 2 hours, so there is some flexibility in exactly when you show up.

 Upcoming Events 

Friday, March 2,  9:00-2:00 - Bk Service Day Preparing the Garden - Thank you to the BK students and teacher who joined us in the iffy weather. Fortunately it wasn't too cold and didn't snow too much, we even had a few minutes of sun! All the projects got completed and we are closer to being ready for spring!  And a thank you to the Albertson's bakery on Cole and Fairview - they donated 12 dozen donuts to the students! Thank you!

Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 pm – Putting together seed packets – room 109 - bring a stapler

Sat/Sun, March 17/18 after all Masses– Distributing seed packets –Date to be finalized

Sunday, April 22 after 11:00 Mass – Girl Scouts in the Garden

Sunday, April 28 – garden open to refugee family plot holders

Saturday, May 19 – refugee families planting day

Sunday, May 20 after 11:00 Mass – Garden of plenty planting day – big event, lots of volunteers needed, lunch is served!

 Last Weekend in October  - Garden Clean-up (subject to changes due to weather)

 Support the Garden - If you would like to make a donation we are looking to acquire or purchase the following items

- heavy duty wheelbarrows (1) - or solid fixes for our weak bottomed wheelbarrows     - Vegetable seeds of all kinds   - Irrigation Tarps (2)    - Garden Hoes (2)     - Storage Shed      - Irrigation pipes  

Garden Ministry Contacts (remove spaces, use symbols)

Shylo Evans   340-2150    hotelinn79 at gmail dot com

Gordon Jones                  gjones709 at yahoo dot com

The Garden Ministry Would Like the Thank the Following for Supporting Us