Throughout scripture we see many horticultural and farming references. These are evident in the descriptions of the largely agrarian culture of God’s people in the Old Testament as well as in the imagery of sowing seeds and reaping the harvest in the New Testament. It is not as if farming or gardening are special offices within God’s kingdom, but they are rather helpful in teaching dependence on God while building healthy cohesive communities. In a sense, it takes faith to put a small seed in some wetted dirt and expect something to happen, but each year, people take to their gardens and fields and do just that. While it comes with hard work and occasional failure, the resulting harvest always brings joy in food produced, knowledge gained and friendships formed.
Since 2015, we have had a vegetable garden on the church’s property. While gardening doesn’t begin on this plot until the end of May, the work actually starts in early April. At this time, the seniors of Westmount Terrace Retirement Residence plant seeds in small pots and containers in their building’s atrium. For about eight weeks the seniors tend to the young seedlings – prepping them for the transplant process after the final frost. The work is then passed on to some younger able bodies – ones with stronger backs – to dig, sow and plant. Throughout the summer, a weekly crew comes out to keep the process going: weeding, watering, pruning… and eventually picking and gathering the fresh produce. And so, the work for this garden is passed along through a group of various people (with a wide range of ages), but the exciting thing is that the harvest is also passed on – to those who need it most. Last year we were able to donate just over 1000 lbs to Neighbour to Neighbour food bank.
If you would like to be part of this process – at any step of the way – please feel free to join us. Old or young; whether you are an avid green-thumber or just a novice – all are welcome! For more information, contact us.