May 24th, 2012 // 1:09 pm @ admin
We began our ‘gathering’ in the Spring of 2008 when our small Free Methodist Church began to meet over a two month period to ask how we might somehow make a positive contribution to the happiness of our neighborhood. At the time we met the stock market DOW was 7,200 and life looked a little gloomy!
After 8 weeks of deliberate prayer we felt that we were to find a way to encourage our neighbors to eat more plants, for their better health. To grow some in their backyards, for some outdoor activity. To meet together to cook some of these plants , so that we could get to know each other better.
And to plant enough to be able to share with folks less fortunate. There was no hidden agenda. This was not a membership drive. Of course, as committed Christians we are grateful people who don’t hide our gratitude and we would always welcome newcomers but our immediate intent was to have a ’growing relationship’with neighbors whom we could literally love unconditionally.
Some of our early Garden Gate Group had already got their own backyard gardens. We settled on a dual ‘leadership’. Larry had a great track record as a diligent encouraging administrator, a keeper of records and accounts. I shared the ‘servant leadership’ with him in my role as visionary and very new but enormously enthusiastic gardener.
Gordon provided us with a lifetime of small garden experience, Joel turned out to be our construction guru. Jeanette turns up to weed whenever the need seems to escape our attention. Wes reminds us that we have a recorded story of God walking in the cool of the evening with Adam. Steven has a vision for the preservation of the harvest and is a workshop leader .
Valerie Rose is a Master Gardener and Gardening Journalist,one of our non-church members. We had a few more early responders who helped to get us established and then went on to connect with others to found small groups who had a variety of creative ways to be a blessing in our neighborhood.
I will pick up our story next week with the way we chose to have a community garden and set it up as an experiment that we could share with our neighbors.