The garden is a Memorial Garden, a garden of benevolence, garden of love. It is a gift to our community from the God of Love, Jesus the Christ. The first “seeds” for our garden have come from members of the congregation and a designation from the congregation’s memorial funds. These seeds have brought us to the beginning of a journey that will last for many years. Guided by the Holy Spirit we will plow forth until row upon row of our work is accomplished and our community is better nourished. The Lord invites you all to be part of His work on earth strengthening and feeding His children. The garden is made possible by generous donations from the community, a Domestic Hunger Grant from the ELCA World Hunger, generous support by the congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, and support from the Alaska Synod of the ELCA.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's a Real Squash


We have our first crop in the making. When I looked at the plants on Sunday after church there was actually a squash set on one of the plants. It's an eight ball zucchini. So unless it get eaten by some critter we will have at least one thing to harvest for Lutheran Social Services of Alaska (LSSA). All of the rest of the seeds we planted on July 5 have germinated. We have radishes, lettuce, carrots, and beets pushing through the soil. Our first harvest is just around the corner.

I did get our first bid back on clearing the land behind the church. The bid was for $32,000. Seems a little much to me. The garden cannot sustain that kind of expense. So come September I will be renting some equipment to see how much we can might be able to do ourselves. Essentially this means the garden will take longer to develop fully. Won't be able to evaluate the extent of the set back until we can assess how much work we will be able to accomplish before the ground freezes up. There is another bid out but I don't think there will be enough difference to make it affordable.

If you know of anyone having access to a dozer please let me know. Especially if they would be interested pushing around some debris as a donation to the garden.

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