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Medford to get new community garden

Posted by Christina Jedra  May 17, 2013 10:00 AM

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Community Garden.jpgGrace Church education teacher, Patrick Hardy, instructs children on planting and food insecurity issues in a recent class.

The following was submitted by Grace Episcopal Church:

Grace Episcopal Church Medford is currently launching a new community garden on its front lawn. It is a project of both the Grace Leadership Development Initiative team—a team formed through an organization of the Episcopal Diocese of MA which provides community organizing trainings to churches—and the church’s Lawn Task Force, a team assembled by Rev. Noah Evans to restore the church lawn following construction over the past several months. It is a project rooted in the intersection between economic, environmental, and social justice issues. 

 There has been growing interest nationwide, as well as communities like Medford, around creating alternative, community-based food systems. Community gardens are one effective method of growing sustainable agriculture which not only adhere to this cooperative model, but also allow communities to learn the importance of knowing the origins of food. Gardens also provide healthy food and skills, especially to individuals and families living with food insecurity.  Grace Church is taking the unique opportunity to join the community garden “movement” and ground it (literally) theologically and spiritually by not only making a visible statement about food justice on its premises, but also engaging the congregation in discussions around broader systemic food issues. 

Grace Church is encouraging as much involvement from the surrounding Medford community as possible.   There will be a 'Planting Day' held at the church on Saturday, June 1 running from 10 am - 1 pm.  Please join us.  For more information, please contact Eva Englert at 781.396.7215 or Eva@gracemedford.org. 

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