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 all.

 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.

Seeds of Hope Project

  -- Remember to return your plants this weekend - May 18 and 19. We will also take empty container of failed plants to use next year.

  -- PM Masses there is a table in the North Hallway (near the bathrooms) to collect your plants. 

  -- AM Masses - we will be collecting at the garden - but if the rain is heavy, then we'll collect on the North Hallway tables.

  -- Thank you to everyone who took seeds home to grow. Beginning the garden with seedlings dramatically increases the amount of produce we are able to provide the food bank!  

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

  Upcoming Events  - For more details and to Sign Up for Events Click Here

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 pm room 106 – Putting together seed packets 

Sat/Sun, April 6/7 after all MassesDistributing seed packets 

Sunday, April 7 after 11:00 Mass – St. Mark's Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in the Garden  

Wednesday, April 17 9:30-11:30 - Marking garden division lines

Thursday, April 18, 9:00-2:00 - BK Service Day - Preparing the Gardens - LOAN US YOUR WHEELBARROW!

Wednesday, April 24 – garden open to refugee family plot holders

Saturday, May 18 – refugee families planting day

Sat/Sun, May 18/19 - Plant starts due back - AM Masses place at garden, PM Masses place on table by north entrance

Sunday, May 19 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!

Sunday, October 13 after 11:00 Mass  - 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 3-5 times a season.   

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

  -Tilling Donations                                 - heavy duty wheelbarrows (1) - or solid fixes for our weak bottomed wheelbarrows                              - Vegetable seeds of all kinds              - 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  208 484-6519   gjones709 at yahoo dot com

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