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

Thank you to the St. Mark's Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and their families. On April 22nd they did an amazing job building up dividers between family plots! Everyone worked so hard. The scouts also painted great plant markers. Be sure to visit the garden this summer to see them.

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.

Please return your seed starts on May 19-20. Please bring them to the back of the north parking lot. There will be a table just outside the north entrance if needed. Can't make it over the weekend? Then place at the garden any time during the week in the labeled box.   We are planting after the 11:00 Mass, consider joining us - it is fun and amazing to see all those starts.

Thank you to everyone who participated - we passed out over 140 seed sets, excited to see them returned!

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

 

 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 – St. Mark's Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in the Garden - Thank you to the St. Mark's Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and their families. On April 22nd they did an amazing job building up dividers between family plots! Everyone worked so hard. The scouts also painted great plant markers. Be sure to visit the garden this summer to see them.

Monday, April 25 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!

Every Wednesday and Saturday morning 9:00-11:00 tend the garden!

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

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.

 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   208 340-2150    hotelinn79 at gmail dot com

Gordon Jones                  gjones709 at yahoo dot com

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