“Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” (Genesis 2:8-9a)
God was (and continues to be) the Original and Ultimate Gardner. Even before the fall of Adam and Eve, it is interesting to note that men and women were to join God in taking care of the land (Genesis 2:5). So there might be nothing quite so close to “Paradise” as nurturing land to bring forth life (minus the “thorns and thistles” and other things associated with the “curse” that make work “hard” – Genesis 3:17-19). So we as a church established the American River Community Garden ministry to remind us of our “roots” as well as a means to meet practical needs in our community.
There are three parts to the Community Garden, each with its own particular focus or mission:
Feed the Hungry Garden in which food is given to Loaves and Fishes, Carmichael Food Closet, and to Congregation and Community members in need. Participants till, plant, weed, water and harvest under the direction of Ken Brizzi, Garden manager.
- Wonderland School Garden and Learning Center (also known as Veggie Trails) is a children’s garden which provides hands on skills of planting, watering and picking. The students choose what to plant, help with watering, learn “how to grow things” from their teachers, and enjoy fresh, organic strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, corn, pumpkins (for Halloween), peppers, and much more.
- ARCC Community Garden provides 30 spaces of land for families and friends to garden side by side. They exchange gardening ideas, food and recipes. If you would like to RENT a plot, come to the church office during business hours and fill out a Community Garden Agreement form. Costs cover water and repairs to pathways, fencing, water system and equipment. Roto -Tillers and hand tools can be used with permission of the Garden Manager.
If you have interest in being part of one or all of these missions, please contact the church office at (916) 483-3465.
Helpful gardening links…