Looking Ahead to Spring
We need your help! The community garden needs a manager this year. Here’s what is needed: preparing the soil for planting in the spring; inviting folks to participate; collecting produce for the food pantry; preparing for winter. Last year we donated over 400 pounds of produce to the food pantry. If you are interested, please contact PatCatellier@pchum.org.
Chapel Hill maintains a community garden utilized by volunteers to grow food for our food pantry during the summer months. Volunteers gather produce several times a week and bring them to the pantry on a regular basis. If you would like help with the community garden or have questions, please contact Pat Catellier, at email@example.com.
"In 2016, the community garden consisted of 10 regular plots, and 2 small raised beds. A total of 11 people signed up to plant a plot or raised bed. We had a great variety of people gardening this season; some were members of the church while others were not, some were experts, while others were first-time gardeners. It was really special to see all of these people’s talents come together."
"The PCHUM community garden usually pledges to donate about 1/3 of all the produce to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry that operates out of Chapel Hill. All of the gardeners this year agreed to donate 1/3 of their produce, but we had such a bountiful season that I’m sure everyone donated a bit more than that. All together, the gardeners donated 515 pounds and 4 ounces of fresh produce over the course of the summer. That means that on average, each gardener donated about 47 pounds of food. I’m so proud that we were able to work together and share so much of our produce with the community. "
"This summer, I had the pleasure of coordinating and managing Chapel Hill’s community garden. I received so much incredible help from the gardeners, my family, and other members of the congregation, all of whom I am deeply grateful for. It has been so amazing to see everyone’s hard work grow and thrive over the past few months. Not only were we able to grow delicious, fresh food, but we had the opportunity to share our work with the community." Grace Dueweke, Community Garden Coordinator, Summer 2016