God's Garden - Refugee Garden Plots
The Social Justice Committee and the God’s Garden Team are excited to announce that God’s Garden is relocating and expanding! The new garden will be located in the north parking lot and will be a partnership with Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI). The space will provide small community garden plots for 19 refugee families near their homes. Community gardening helps support refugee assimilation and stabilizes refugee families by reconnecting farmers with the land as they build their new life in the U.S.
After one year in LSI’s community garden program, farmers are eligible to participate in the Global Greens program. The Global Greens farm, shown in pictures on the next page, is located behind Valley Community Center in West Des Moines. In this program, farmers can learn more about U.S. agriculture and start their own business by selling produce at LSI’s Farmers’ Market and in LSI’s Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). To learn more about LSI's programs click here.
Construction on the garden began in April with asphalt removal in the back part of the north parking lot. If all goes according to plan, we anticipate that families can begin planting at the end of May.
We need your help to make this exciting mission happen! There will be several opportunities this spring to help with this exciting mission.
Two Work Saturdays have been scheduled for May 5 and May 19 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Jobs will include spreading and mixing soil, moving and organizing sheds, building garden beds and paths, laying down weed barrier, mulching paths, and much more! If you are unable to help during the work days, you can still pitch-in. There will be several opportunities to donate garden supplies. Please keep an eye out for requests in upcoming E-blasts and bulletin inserts.
We would like to thank Jeff Geerts for the countless hours he has worked to make this project happen. We would also like to thank the City of Des Moines for donating the soil for the garden, Central Iowa Fencing for providing fencing materials at cost, and to Josh Hays for agreeing to install the fence at no cost to Westminster.