How does your garden grow?

Community gardens have become very popular in urban and suburban areas. Whether developing a garden to fight blight, or just as a way to share food and fellowship, both experienced and inexperienced gardeners come together to learn, share and serve.

Shepherd King Lutheran, located in West Bloomfield, MI, is one of a few of the English District churches that have a community garden. Joanie Milligan, Shepherd King’s Administrative Assistant, discussed how their garden began to grow.

“Our congregation was working on community effort and outreach. We have a Headstart mission, and we thought we would help the families learn to grow their own food,” said Joanie.

Initially, the church had 100 garden spots available. The size is 5’ x 20’ for each garden spot, and each gardener grows what they choose. There are a variety of items grown. The crops are for each family that grows a garden. They could choose to share with the congregation, or other gardeners.

She also noted that a garden committee is vital to the success of the garden, along with congregational participation.

Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer, of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Elmhurst, IL, reported that last year, their garden was very successful, and they gave away over 600 pounds of fresh, organically grown produce.

Does your church host a community garden? If so, we’d love to hear your story and share your photos. Contact Lynne at