Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hello to all those that are interested in our growing Community Garden here at the Albert T Mills Enrichment Center – an inner-city ministry for pre-schoolers from some of Atlanta’s roughest and most impoverished areas. God has been good to help us water and nurture our seedlings, and we are excited to share with you that progress. We anticipate a wonderful bounty – praise Jesus! We continue to need helping hands to tend the garden, so if you are interested, please reach out to us via our website. No amount of time is too small – all contributions will help us to provide for a wonderful harvest. And of course, financial support is greatly needed! If we could find just TWO GARDEN SPONSORS for $50 a month to help with our water bill and maintenance costs, that would be a blessing to us. Is that you??? As with all gardens, there is lots of weeding, tending, and fertilizing needed to move from planting to harvest. Today, we decided that due to the heat (up-words of 80 degrees), that earlier in the day was better. A big thank you to Joan Obrien who is always so willing to help. Lowes was very generous to provide a gift-card to cover some of our on-going maintenance costs to stake, support, mulch and feed our plants. So you can bet the first stop was to fill up the car with as much as it could hold!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Building a Community Garden by Dana Carrier God’s grace comes in many flavors – as I was able to witness first hand in the last few weeks. It started as a series of dreams: Marie Weir, a master-gardener in training, had a desire placed on her heart to help non-profits to establish new community gardens. Mary Campbell, from the First United Methodist Church wanted to provide a grant to sponsor a community garden in the kudzu-covered lot beside the Albert T Mills Enrichment Center. And Pastor Rosa Arnold wanted to teach 65+ preschoolers where food comes from and how it grows (something that many of those that grow up in the projects have never experienced). So in a wink, many doors were opened, many plans were made, errands run – and a dream became a reality.