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
March 2017 Update

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Spring is in the air, birds are singing, and the MCC Food Pantry Garden Green Team is well on its way to planning the 2017 garden.

1. The 2017 garden map has been made. The map tells us what, how much and where we will be planting seeds and seedlings.

2. New this year in the Food Pantry Garden will be the Katherine von Bora Luther Reformation Physic Garden (medicinal herb garden). The idea came from Jeff Wild, former MCC/Advent pastor and master gardener extraordinaire, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Katie Luther was an herbalist and gardener, most likely acquiring her skills at Marienthron convent where she had been a Cistercian nun prior to marrying Martin Luther. Our garden will include representative medicinal herbs planted in convent and monastery gardens during the Reformation. We have plans for plant labels and information about the herbs.

Our physic garden will be located between the flower cutting garden and the chicken coop, a place frequented by guests and neighbors. Placing the garden in front allows visitors to interact with the small garden. Eventually we hope this garden will become a permanent cutting herb garden for our community.

Our Katherine von Bora Luther Reformation Physic Garden working group includes: Jean Einerson, Hildy McGown (scribe), Terra Theim, Ann Ward, Jeff Wild, and Emily Wixson

3. Spinach, lettuce, and kale have been planted in the hoop house and we have started seedlings.

4. We are planning workdays in March to prepare the “no-till” area of the garden and plant cold weather vegetables (sugar snap peas, peas, spinach, kale, and mustard greens). Additional workdays are planned for April and May. All are invited to join in the fun and fellowship. Watch for announcements in the weekly e-mail and bulletin.

5. Planning for the Lussier children’s summer program is also underway. Becky Hustad will serve as coordinator again this year. We met with staff from the Lussier Center on Feb 23 to work out the details. Look for more information in future newsletters and announcements.

The Green Team will have a regular work schedule starting in May: 9:00-11:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays and 4:00-6:00pm on Thursdays. All are welcome (including children) to come pull a few weeds, harvest and enjoy MCC fellowship even if you have only an occasional hour.

Green Team leadership members: Joyce Anderson, Roanna Brazier, Colleen Cobey, Jean Einerson, Susan Gruber, Hildy McGown, Rich Olson, Jan Robertson, Terra Theim (garden consultant), Ann Ward, and Emily Wixson

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