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

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 the children and their families.

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

NEED WHEELBARROWS we can borrow for March 3rd event.  Looking for 20-30 wheelbarrows. If you have one, please let us use it! You can drop it off at the garden any time before and pick up any time after. Be sure to label it well. Please let Shylo know if you can bring one (so we know how to plan) hotelinn79 at gmail dot com (remove spaces, use symbols)


Upcoming Events 

Saturday, February 25, 2:00-4:00 - survey the garden - Please meet us in the garden to stake the garden in preparation of leveling it for flood irrigation.

Friday March 3 - Bishop Kelly Student Service Day 9:00-2:00 - We will haul a lot of dirt, dig a compost pit, move raspberry bushes and more!  Please join us. Bring shovels, garden rake, gloves. Expecting over 100 students!  Yea! Thank You Bishop Kelly.

Looking for 20 or more wheelbarrows for this event!  You can LABEL your wheelbarrow and drop it off at the garden on your way to work before the event and pick them up on your way home!  Please contact Shylo if you have a wheelbarrow  (remove spaces, use symbols) hotelinn79 at gmail dot com 

Spring Tilling TBD  - Notice for tilling the garden happens a little last minute because it is weather dependent. But it is important for people to be out there to help pick rocks from behind the tiller.  When you see the notice, please consider taking the time to make coming out to the garden a priority.

April TBD - Kohl's Work Day We have been chosen as the community project to support though a Kohl's Earth Day community grant for several years now. Expect it to be around Earth Day (April 22) in the evening. Please Join Us!

Sunday, April 30 - 1:00 (after the 11:00 Mass)  - St. Mark's Girl Scouts, and their families, will be planting seeds. Please join us!

Saturday May 20  9:00-11:00 - Planting Day! St. Mark's Girl Scouts has chosen the garden as their Bronze Award project! They have grown many plant starts. We will be planting these starts - and more, today.  Please Join Us!


 Thank you to Erick and Boy Scout Troop 94. Erick led his fellow scouts in building these beautiful benches for the garden as a part of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. The materials were provided by Erick's family. One bench will stay near the parking-lot, the other will be placed under the pine tree in the middle of the gardens where gardeners often sit in the shade to pick beans from the uprooted plants.  Now they will have a more comfortable seat!  Thank you to Erick and Troop 94!

Bench Built by Erick and Troop 94  Bench built by Erick and Troop 94


 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      - Top Soil or Garden Fill (15+ yards)   - 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