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"Fruit of the Spirit" Community Garden

Garden Sign In 2012, one of our parishioners was inspired to create a community garden with small garden plots available to members of the St. Mark's congregations as well as to nearby neighbors. St. Mark’s sponsors the garden by providing the land (enclosed by a tall deer fence) and access to water.  Gardeners grow flowers and vegetables for their own use and pay a small fee to St. Mark’s to cover overhead costs. A young member of St. Mark's organized and lead an Eagle Scout project to build the raised beds and paths for the garden. The work and planning took over 200 man hours to bring this project to life.

The name, Fruit of the Spirit Community Garden, reflects the efforts of the gardeners to be kind and generous in looking out for their neighbors’ plots as well as in sharing seeds, knowledge and, quite frequently, produce.  The garden has continued to be a welcomed addition to our parish and community. In addition to the individual plots, areas are devoted to milkweed to support the caterpillars of Monarch butterflies, a children's garden, and an herb garden for the use all gardeners and the St. Mark’s community as a whole.

 Blessing of the GardenGarden