UU Community Garden
Our Community Garden, located at the west end of our parking lot, is a well-established element of our congregation and its community. The Garden's mission statement addresses three goals: form relationships among the varied community members, increase education of gardeners and community about organic, sustainable gardens, and create a sustainable garden.
Over the course of the past three-plus years, a welcoming core of gardeners has formed and is growing. Of the roughly 23 individuals and families, roughly half are not otherwise affiliated with First Unitarian, making it a true community garden! We are gaining ties to folks outside of the church that are expanding our connections to the greater community and fostering discussions and efforts that would not have otherwise happened.
We also grow food to donate. Ten of the 70 4x8 foot beds are used for donations.
Our gardeners have a wide variety of backgrounds and skills. By working together, and observing others, our gardeners are learning more and sharing helpful ideas with one another.
We are also continuing to focus on getting children involved on a regular basis. We have involved the youth of the Church and, starting this Fall, will be reaching out to the community through the Shaker Heights Girl Scout Troup #224.
Create a Sustainable Garden
We operate a compost bin to feed the garden soil. We also avoid the use of herbicides and pesticides. The use of compost, mulch, and other organic approaches, in addition to crop rotation, pays long term dividends. We appreciate the confidence in knowing that the vegetables and fruits we grow are safe to eat and the Earth is being fed by our efforts and not harmed.