Letters to the editor: May 15, 2013

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

New giving garden established

Morton has three established community gardens — Ada’s Acre at First Presbyterian, The Giving Garden (at Westwood Park) and The Giving Garden at Morton First United Methodist — that give all of their fresh produce to local food banks, including Community Harvest and WeCare.

This spring, a new “giving” garden is being established at Blessed Sacrament Church.

By the time fall rolls in, these gardens will have given away thousands of pounds of free, fresh food.

This letter has three requests:

• First, I would like to inspire other churches (especially those with plenty of outlying land that just has to be mowed over and over) and other organizations to start their own “giving gardens.”

There are definitely gardeners in your congregation/group, and it is actually very simple and inexpensive to raise healthy food for people who really need it.

• Second, if you can’t start a new garden, please consider supporting the gardens mentioned above.

As coordinator of the garden at Westwood Park, I know we are always very happy to meet new volunteers.

You do not need to be an expert, and in general (especially during the growing season), you may only need to donate an hour or two of your time a week.

• Third, each garden operates on a very tiny budget, so contributions of resources can be very helpful. Again, at the Westwood Park garden, we are in particular need of soaker hoses right now.

If you are interested in starting a new garden and would like assistance, or, if you’d like to get involved with or contribute to an established garden, please contact me at 264-1423 or at cathy@fishel.com.

Cathy Lane

Giving Garden coordinator