You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

— Psalms 104:14–15

canstockphoto1942063We are beginning a new community garden and looking for gardeners to come help develop our space.

Many families and individuals in Carbondale would like to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Those who are fortunate enough to have sunny backyards or balconies can plant a garden whenever they have the time and energy, but what about those who do not have a place to garden? For these people, community gardens can be the answer. In addition to providing fresh produce, community gardens beautify neighborhoods and help bring neighbors closer together. They have been proven as tools to reduce neighborhood crime. Community gardens also provide safe, recreational green space, promote sustainability, and contribute to keeping air clean.

— Adapted from Starting a Community Garden, Clemson Cooperative Extension

Grace community garden is a part of the field behind our church building which is gardened collectively by people or groups who sign up to cultivate individual plots on which they can grow a variety of crops: flowers, fruits, vegetables, early or late crops. We work together to coordinate watering, composting, mulching and other tasks.

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

— Genesis 1:11–12

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

— Genesis 1:28–31a

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