Peace Community Garden History
Peace Lutheran Church’s 3.5-acre garden and nature space benefits the members of Peace Lutheran, the local preschool program, the greater community, and people experiencing hunger.
2.5 acres are being landscaped for multi-purpose uses and wildlife habitat (especially pollinators) and one acre is a vegetable garden. Some of the goals of this garden include providing:
- a community gathering spot
- a place for children to recreate and observe nature
- healthy food for people in need
- to encourage a healthy lifestyle of walking, eating fresh food, and gardening
- to provide a place for people to bond, share a sense of community
- A place for people to quiet their minds and connect with their spirit
- A wildlife corridor with mostly native plants to support the insects and pollinators, which, in turn support birds and other wildlife as well as pollinating food for people
During the first year, an overall plan to be implemented in phases and was developed and woodchip walking trails were created. 46 trees and hundreds of shrubs were planted in subsequent years and several benches along the path were installed, along with a sign.
Peace Lutheran partnered with a non-profit, Loaves and Fishes, that farmed one acre for their “Farm for All” program. Loaves and Fishes served over 420,000 free meals/year at 23 sites across the Minnesota. However, since Loaves and Fishes is no longer farming this land, we are turning the garden area into smaller community gardens.
Community gardens promote health, community, and a brighter future.
What can we do today to have fun, feed ourselves more nutritiously, AND reduce our carbon footprints? It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it, but community gardens help in all of these areas.
We All Need Food and Water isn’t just the name of our organization, it is an overarching truth that unites all living beings. In today’s world, we need to come together to ensure our own survival as a species and equitable access to resources. We need to act as one and help those who aren’t able to change their own situations.
share one Earth
and food is 10-30% of a person's carbon footprint.
We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
– Grace Lee Boggs
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
– Aldo Leopold
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
– Albert Einstein
We will be hosting special events this summer. Stay tuned!
03 Apr 2021
Weather permitting, we will assign the plots. Although we do not want to charge for the plots to make it accessible to everyone, we ask those who can afford to chip in for the water bill do so.
01 May 2021
MAY DAY FELLOWSHIP AND WORK DAY
Have you ever had a May Day basket show up on your doorstep with a note from a secret admirer? Well, there just might be one waiting for you hidden in the garden.