The garden is a Memorial Garden, a garden of benevolence, a 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, and grants from the ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants, the Alaska Food Policy Council through the Municipality of Anchorage, the Alaska Women's Giving Circle, generous support by the congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, and support from the Alaska Synod of the ELCA.

Food from the garden in 2019 was sent to Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, the Tudor Road Gospel Rescue Mission, and to Bean's Cafe.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Now an Award Winning Garden

Quilt and Ribbons
I not sure if I should say and award winning garden or an award winning gardener, but either way works for me. Last summer (2019) I finally entered some of the produce from the garden in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, AK at the urging of Kathy Liska a Master Gardener and the Queen of the Veggies at the fair. I entered carrots (2), purple cabbage(2), leeks, beets, and Brussels sprouts. The awards were as follows: 2 firsts for the carrots, a first and a third for the cabbage, a second for the leeks, a third for the beets, and a first for the sprouts. I was told by a CES horticulturalist from the Fairbanks office that I should be especially proud of the blue for Brussels sprouts. I'm very proud of all of the awards. Not bad for a first time entrant. You too should consider entering your produce in the fair competitions.

The quilt was done by a neighbor. Donna Dooley is a wonderful seamstress and a good friend. Love here gardens around her house. I enjoy them each day during the warm seasons, whether I'm walking or driving by they always look lovely.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Thanks for 2019

July in the Garden
It seems I've been very neglectful over the past year. I haven't done a post in some time. I hopefully will remedy that in the near future.

The harvest for 2019 was a new record. There was almost 4150 pounds given to Lutheran Sccial Services (LSSA) Food Pantry, Bean's Cafe, and the Tudor Road Gospel Rescue Mission in 2019. The bulk went to LSSA.

2 Volunteers
The harvest included more than 800 pounds of potatoes and more than 800 pounds of zucchini. There was nearly 550 pounds of turnips. The carrots and cabbage were nearly nearly 500 pounds each. There were nearly 200 pounds of apples and more than 100 pounds of peas. The rest was filled out by harvest of many other crops.
Gang of Volunteers

I wish to thank all of the volunteers that have worked in the garden. In 2019 there were more than 50 people that spent anywhere from an hour to countless hours planting, weeding, and harvesting. The work could not have been done without them.