Bethany Community Garden’s three goals are:
- Provide access to fresh vegetables for adults and children
- Use the Bethany Community Garden as a hands-on classroom for individuals in our neighborhood as well as the children in our Bethany Early Leaning Ministry Pre-K class, and
- Use Gardening to Bring Neighbors Together
All produce is given to two food pantries (Hunger, Inc. and Servant’s Heart) and to garden volunteers. In 2018 over 500 pounds of fresh, organic produce was given away.
From March through October 2019, we’ll:
Offer 4 formal gardening education classes for backyard and community gardeners.
Partner with Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center to hold 2 neighborhood talks.
Provide 11 free community meals served by Bethany congregation at community gatherings.
We’ll maintain THREE types of gardens:
6 Raised beds for Bethany Early Learning Ministry for gardening and food nutrition education, including 24-28 hours of guided activities by Purdue Extension.
17 Individual garden plots (4 x 10 feet) rented for $20 each, with tillage and water provided.
26 Community Garden plots (50 x 100 feet) as hands-on learning and all produce given away.