The Northeast Community Garden at the Presbyterian Church broke ground in June, 2018, on church property west of the church buildings. Phase 1 had 8 plots, 10' x 20', each worked by a gardening family, with one for church members. Phase 2 was to increase the number of plots to 32, install in-ground water lines, and encourage drip irrigation, The gardeners, many of whom are recent immigrants working in the local beef processing plant, often express their appreciation for the opportunity to grow their own food.
The City of Garden City provides the water without charge, and grants were received from Western Kansas Community Foundation and the Presbytery of Southern Kansas. Funds from the Ruth Powell memorial at GCPC were used for start-up.
Please contact the church for information on how to be included in this special community of gardeners.
2022 Our Fifth Year
One of our gardeners who had been with us from the beginning has purchased a house and will have a garden in his back yard! Another family celebrated receiving their GED and CNA through the Community College and is currently employed as a translator. One new gardener lives across the street and is helping Mary dust off her Spanish. Another gardener shared that being in the garden feels so wonderful after spending her day in front of a computer.
2021 the Fourth Year
As gardeners from previous years move away, we wish them well and welcome new gardeners. Our storage shed was painted "Grandma's Sweater Blue" on a 100 degree day, and we returned to having a Harvest Celebration in our Fellowship Hall.
2020 - Our 3rd Year
We received a donation of a roto-tiller and, because of the pandemic, instead of a Harvest Celebration in Fellowship Hall, we had an ice cream social outside.
2019 - Our 2nd Year
We tripled the number of garden plots, for a total of 32, welcomed many more gardeners and brought in a storage shed.