Pastor Lewis Groce blessing the garden before planting.

St. Timothy Lutheran Church recently completed the planting of its first community garden. The garden is located on the grounds of the church and was started to help provide fresh vegetables to local area food banks and non-profits, including the Sumner County Food Bank.

“We started this garden to give back to our community and to help those with no reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.  The garden this year is small, but we plan on expanding it next year to provide a wider variety of produce to more people,” explained Ron Morgenstern, St. Timothy congregation member and Sumner County Master Gardener.

The garden was planted and blessed by Pastor Lewis Groce in early May and began yielding the first vegetables (tomatoes, peppers and squash) in July, which were delivered to Grace Place Ministries in Hendersonville, a non-profit in Hendersonville serving single mothers and their children who are experiencing homelessness. 

In addition to St. Timothy congregation members, Hendersonville area Girl Scout Troop No. 1145 have actively participated in planning the garden, making the raised beds, soliciting donations of soil and other needed supplies, preparing the beds and weeding and harvesting.   The Girl Scouts have completed the requirements for the “Sow What Journey Award” and will be receiving their certificates soon.

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