VGC 2020 Winner!Vegetable Gardens – 1st Place

Garden description: We are a faith based community garden. We have 7 large raised beds that all produce goes to St Stephen’s Food Pantry in Wilmington. We have 30 community garden plots that are rented out to the community with the request for a 10% donation of their harvest to the food pantry.
Who are the gardeners: This garden is tended by the congregation of the church and by the community gardeners. Its mission has expanded beyond just going vegetables and has become its own community whose members care about food insecurity and each other. In this time of isolation it has been a safe and peaceful place for people to be outside and be involved in serving ministry.
Why do you garden: We garden because we are called to be good stewards of our resources, food insecurity is a large problem in Wilmington and to create community.
How has gardening impacted you during this time: It has been an activity that has allowed people to connect safely, enjoy nature and give purpose to people’s days.
What do you have in your garden? tomatoes, squash, peppers, beans, cucumbers, watermelon, kale, choi, kohlrabi, lettuce, beets, corn, herbs, radishes, eggplant, okra and sunflowers.
Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? We had a rabbit problem earlier so we had to reinforce our wood fence with some wire mesh.

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