WSU Pierce County
In February of 2011 an idea was born from the Light of Christ Lutheran Church Care Ministry to build a community garden on a corner of the church property. At the time the area was filled with blackberry thickets and maple trees. By September 2011 a groundbreaking was held and the land cleared. On March 10, 2012 the central cross was raised at the Light of Christ Community Garden site. The 24 foot cross is the centerpiece of the garden and marked the beginning of the construction phase.
By June of 2012 produce was being harvested from the garden. Though the garden was still under construction, approximately 700+ pounds of food was grown and we were able to offer fresh, organic produce to 15 families, 3 food banks and a food program for the homeless. In 2014 we produced 5,000 pounds of produce. The produce was donated to Fusion families, seniors at Mitchell Place Apartments, neighbors and various church families in need, the Tacoma Rescue Mission, the Federal Way Multi Service Center, St. Vincent DePaul Society (helping families in need) and New Hope Christian Fellowship (feeding the homeless).
There are now 51 garden beds. One quadrant of the garden is built for those with special needs. In this quadrant there are eight garden beds built 33 inches high to accommodate people in scooters, walkers or have trouble bending. Two beds are built specifically for wheelchair access.
The garden is ten thousand square feet and is a community effort of friends, neighbors, fellow church groups, social and professional organizations, city and businesses. The garden has eleven wonderful Eagle Scout projects.
Many kinds of “seeds” are being planted at the community garden as it helps fulfill the mission of the Light of Christ Lutheran Church to reach out with God’s grace to help people know, trust and share God’s purpose for their life.
The experience of building the garden, community outreach, fellowship and providing food for needful persons - PRICELESS