share one Earth
and food is 10-30% of a person's carbon footprint.
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.
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
Would you like to use our garden gathering area to teach or host an event?
Tell us what you’re thinking and we’ll work on getting you on the calendar. Call/text Dawn at 651-485-5171 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer with the "Giving Gardens" at Peace Lutheran (in Coon Rapids)Please help us pull a few weeds and then help yourself to whatever produce is ready. No sign-up is needed. Feel free to out to the garden any time. However, we would like to keep track of approximately how much produce we grow, so please let us know by reporting the produce using the button below. Please note that only rows marked "giving garden" rows are open to the public. All other rows are being farmed by other gardeners. Tell us what you picked
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.