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
• Share the gift of the land and its bounty with those in need,
• Build relationships across boundaries of generation, class,
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
Garden scarecrows made by the Lussier
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.
MCC Food Pantry
March 2017 Update
Click on the picture to the left to see
MCC FOOD PANTRY GARDEN UPDATE
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