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St. John's community garden has shared the bounty

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Blend dirt, plants, sun and some rain, care and prayer and what do you get? The blessings of a bounteous garden.

This year the community garden that grows in a lot next to St. Johnís United Church in Chesterton has provided quite a lot of food for the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry, the Boys and Girls Club pantry, the monthly community dinners at St. Johnís, and Westchester Meals.

The garden this year has produced eight watermelons, seven cantaloupes, three gallons of tiny grape tomatoes, half a bushel of green beans, about twenty small cucumbers, ten acorn squash, half a bushel or more of big tomatoes, a quart of small peppers, eight small cabbages, six heads of cauliflower, about four quarts of broccoli, six small heads of romaine lettuce, and celery leaves. Also, a highly nutritious plant that grew quite prolifically in the garden called lambís quarter was harvested and enjoyed at the food pantry provided a bushel of spinach-like greens.

Yet to be harvested are the Brussels sprouts, okra, more peppers, and additional tomatoes.

The garden committee appreciates the generous donation of plants initially from Grow NWT that filled the raised beds and some of the ground level garden. The committee also thanks Chesterton Feed and Garden for the additional flats of plants that rounded out the variety of vegetables.

Anyone interested in helping with the garden next year can call the church and leave their name, phone and email address and someone will return the call.


Posted 10/3/2013