Madison Christian Community

MCC Food Pantry Garden Ministry

Food Pantry Garden Mission Statement:
The Mission of the MCC Garden Ministry is to connect our community with God’s creation.

The Vision is that members of the MCC and the wider community, especially children, will have the opportunity to:

•   Experience the grace of God in creation;
•   Grow and enjoy healthy food;
•   Learn about the interconnected web of life;
•   Practice the care of the earth and learn about responsible land use;
•   Share the gift of the land and its bounty with those in need, and
•   Build relationships across boundaries of generation, class, ethnicity,
    and social status as we nurture and are nurtured through organized
    and cooperative gardening on the MCC property and related activities.

What We Do
If you enjoy the feel of dirt on your hands, the warmth of the sun on your face and the joy of harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for the Lussier Community Education Center, consider joining the MCC "Green Team." Time commitment is 4-5 hours per week from May-September. We work Monday and Thursday late afternoon. Team leaders will guide you on what to do. Jobs include watering, weeding and harvesting. As Martin Luther said " in a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure." For more information, contact Jean Einerson.

Garden scarecrows made by the Lussier gardeners

Food Pantry Garden

 Food Pantry Garden

First Sunday Food Pantry
The First Sunday of Every Month
Please remember to bring food for the pantry the first Sunday of each month. We suggest canned goods (fruit, vegetables, tuna, beef stew, fruit juice, etc.) peanut butter, jelly, cereal. Large grocery bags are needed. No pet food, please. We do not have facilities for fresh produce. If you prefer to donate money, make checks to the Lussier Community Education Center, designated for the pantry.

Food Pantry Garden 2015MCC Food Pantry
June 2017 Update

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The Food Pantry Garden is planted and seeds are sprouting! Even sweet potatoes and tomatoes, cold sensitive plants, have been planted. Sunday Schoolers planted potatoes, onions and squash. Peppers, eggplant and okra were planted in the hoop house in that they thrive in the extra warmth. And the cutting flower garden and the Katherine von Boro Luther Medicinal Herb Garden are well on their way. Please come watch our gardens grow!
Our current group gardening schedule is 9:00-11:00 Monday and Wednesday and 4:00-6:00 Thursday. Please join us any time. Tasks include harvesting, weeding, watering, and delivering to Madison Outreach Ministry (MOM) and Lussier Community Center. Group gardening is filled with fun, laughter and fellowship.

Harvest Update
We have already provided over 240 lb of produce to MOM, Lussier Community Center and Chyrsalis.
· Over 70 lb of collards, kale, lettuce, and spinach that were grown in the hoop house
· 33 lb asparagus
· 145 lb rhubarb; 100 lb of rhubarb went to Chrysalis for Popworks
Strawberries are beginning to turn red! Look for announcements for our Pick 2/Take 1 events coming in June!

Food Pantry Garden Compost Pile Update
The garden compost pile is open for the season. Thank you for your plant contributions. Please remember the following simple rules for making contributions:
· Plants only – leafy greens, soft stems, leftover produce, coffee grounds (paper filters okay. Avoid adding flowering noxious weeds like rocket, creeping Charlie, mustard, and reed canary grass.
· Egg shells are fine (our worms appreciate them), but no other animal products
· Chop it or break it up, especially clumps of grass, long stalks., and bulky fruits and vegetables.
· Save your compostable plastic bags for city composting programs. Our hand-powered composting can’t handle these special bags.
Thanks! Want more information about our composting program or need suggestions for home composting? Stop by the garden and ask us about our in-garden composting trenches and pits or talk to Emily Wixson.

Katherine Von Boro Luther Medicinal Herb Garden Update
Katie’s garden is laid out and planted. All plants are clearly labeled. You will recognize some common herbs like parsley, basil, sage, thyme, and lavender, and find some less familiar, like borage and pennyroyal. We will compile information on the historical medicinal use of each plant once the food and cutting gardens are planted. Brush your hand across one of the pots of pennyroyal for a refreshing breath of mint.

Land Use Umbrella Group (LUUG) — Spring Update
I hope you have had an opportunity to walk the MCC grounds lately. The gardens, woods and prairies are beautiful. Much happened during the month of May. Read about all that was accomplished on page 8 of the Summer 2017 newsletter: click here.

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