The idea for a garden was conceived in response to the poverty and food insecurity of a large segment of Muncie’s population. Therefore, as we are called to respond to the needs of the community, the church trustees granted the use of the vacant lot where the garden is sited.
The Missions Garden, as it is called, is situated directly opposite the south entrance of the church. Approval was granted in the month of October 2016 and site preparation was completed in early December. In spring, the soil was tested and all necessary nutrients were added. With regards to infrastructure, the fence, shed and rain barrels, were all installed in March. Landscaping was employed along the north side and in the corners to attract pollinators, thereby augmenting crop yield. The garden was officially dedicated on April 2, 2017. Volunteers were categorized into teams, assigning each team to a type of crop (greens, root vegetables, corn, vines, and tomatoes and peppers).
Planting of greens began in mid-April and the other crops that succeeded were dependent on weather and time. However, all plantings were completed by mid-June. Greens and radishes are likely to be planted again this fall, precisely in September. Our goal is to generate a total of 1,000 lbs. of vegetables, and we are working in that direction.
Harvesting began in late May and will continue daily through mid- September. So far, an estimation of 600 pounds have been gathered.
The recipients of the produce so far have been the Covenant Partners and the Muncie Soup Kitchen, with whom the church has an existing relationship. The Missions Garden was featured on Delaware County Master Gardeners’ garden tour in June.