The Garden at Bethel Church

The Garden at Bethel Church was established to provide a community based garden in Midland, NC with space available for individuals and their families that want to raise their own food, learn more about gardening, promote healthy lifestyles and supply them with nutritious self-grown vegetables. The Garden will also supply and support the Feed The Souls Food Pantry at Bethel and provide a gardening experience for Bethel Elemetary School students.

Garden in bloom....Summer 2017. The open area is designated for Youth programs (coming in 2018). ... See MoreSee Less

Garden in bloom....Summer 2017.  The open area is designated for Youth programs (coming in 2018).

Also...stay tuned for Garden Updates in the Bethel UMC monthly newsletter. Thanks to all that have helped in this fun and fulfilling ministry. ... See MoreSee Less

October Update: Fall crops are planted in the raised beds and moving along nicely; carrots, brocolli, cauliflower, cabbage, romain lettuce, and head lettuce. We've also planted some rows of collards, kale and turnips. We planted a cover crop of clover on top of sweet corn rows. Okra and peppers continue to produce in this unusually warm Fall YTD.
While we are pulling some greens and lettuce now...harvest for these Fall plantings is expect in the next 4-6 weeks.

Plans continue for a full roll-out of the Garden for next Spring. Stay tuned for news about our Dedication and operating rules for the 2018 growing season. The Garden has been a blessing to those that have participated and took advantage of some of the yield so far this inagural year. Please consider getting more involved as we move forward.

By the way, locks have been installed on the gates for security purposes. If you have a desire to gain access, just contact one the garden volunteers, or use the contact information on the banner at the entrance to the Garden. It is not our intent to block anyone out that want to get involved or take a look around.
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In May/June this year, we planted cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, peppers, sweet corn, peppers, okra, bush beans and some pumpkins. In July thru September, we began to enjoy the harvest and we made many of the vegetables available to the congregation to celebrate the harvest and further educate the church about the benefits of The Garden.

Crops Report: All that is left from the spring planting is some okra and peppers that will continue to produce for about another month. All other plantings have been taken up. The raised beds have been replanted with some fall crops, i.e. lettuce, cabbage, carrots, collard, cauliflower. Corn, beans and pumpkins have recently been tilled and replanted with some mixed green, turnips and some cover crop clover.

The raised beds will become available to those that might want to participate for the spring 2018 season. There are plans for an herb garden and a cooperative gardening program for the students at Bethel Elementary School is in the works for 2018. We would encourage you to get involved as a volunteer or request a spot for the 2018 season.

While only a portion of the crops, to date, were utilized by our food pantry due to some timing and logistic issues, Feed The Souls will be a major focus of The Garden as we move forward this fall and into 2018.

A lock has been installed on the gates to the Garden. These were installed for security purposes, regarding tools and items in the Garden area, as well as help monitor watering and harvesting activities. If you desire access to the Garden, contact BethelUMCGarden@gmail.com or Jon Stewart . The intent is to not limit those that want to participate. You will not be turned away.
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Anna CollinsI sure enjoyed these vegetables.

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Update of The Garden
Tomatoes have finished up...and all have been pulled out.
Okra, bush beans, and peppers are still producing. Some pumpkins are ready, and a few more to come. Corn has been picked, and stalks removed. We've tilled the area where the corn was planted....getting ready for some turnips and greens. In the raised beds, we've planted some carrots, lettuce, head lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale and collard. So.... we are making a good move toward our fall crops. Watering and weeding, and some general clean-up chores need some help. Generally, you'll find a team down there working a few hours on most Saturday mornings.

Come down...and get involved as a volunteer. Raised beds will be available for Spring planting in 2018. More details on the way. It's looking good at The Garden, some work...but alot of fun and fellowship. Hope to see you soon !!
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July 2017....at the Garden ! A glimpse of things to come. ... See MoreSee Less

A Bird's eye (Bee's eye) perspective...notice proximity to Bethel Church and Bethel Elementary in Midland community. I've got some better video coming soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Some recent pictures of The Garden. Summer harvest. Squash and Cukes....about done. Tomatoes coming on quickly. Beans, okra and sweet corn ..soon. Pumpkins blooming and we are meeting soon to discuss next steps for Fall crops. Come see...we need more volunteers. The more the merrier.
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Some recent pictures of The Garden. Summer harvest.  Squash and Cukes....about done.  Tomatoes coming on quickly.  Beans, okra and sweet corn ..soon.  Pumpkins blooming and we are meeting soon to discuss next steps for Fall crops. Come see...we need more volunteers.   The more the merrier.

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Made good progress this weekend. Completed the main piping/tubing connections for the drip system on the Raised Beds. Need to add the drip tape to complete asap. We will add automatic valve timers to help automate the watering process. Also worked on the water Hydrant mounts, to help secure the six water spigots/hydrants we have in the Garden. Thanks to vhe volunteers. More to come.
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Made good progress this weekend.  Completed the main piping/tubing connections for the drip system on the Raised Beds.  Need to add the drip tape to complete asap.  We will add automatic valve timers to help automate the watering process.  Also worked on the water Hydrant mounts, to help secure the six water spigots/hydrants we have in the Garden.  Thanks to vhe volunteers.   More to come.

Garden at Bethel Church added 3 new photos.

Another milestone was reached this week. We finally got power to our well, so we can retire the generator. It's amazing how much having running water "on tap" is a blessing.
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Another milestone was reached this week.  We finally got power to our well, so we can retire the generator.  Its amazing how much having running water on tap is a blessing.

Update: Of course, the tool shed is built and looks great. Thanks to an Eagle Scout project. Most of the raised bed boxes are planted. Mostly tomatoes, peppers (bell & bannana), squash, and cucumbers. Row Crops are going in soon. We are waiting on ground to dry a little, then running a "hiller" to make the raised rows. We will most likely complete most of that early next week. Looking at beans, okra, and some other ideas. Looking at planting some herbs in some new planters soon.

Making plans to put up some additional fencing to keep out some furry friends. We are waiting to see how many deer actually show up before we go up higher with the next level of fencing.

Still waiting on Duke Power to connect our electricity. It's been a little like pushing a chain to get them off dead center. In the meantime, we have generator in the shed to run the water system, and a few volunteers are keeping all plantings hydrated.

New picnic tables and benches have arrived, products of another Eagle Scout Project.

Parts have been procured for a drip irrigation system that will generally automate, to some extent, regular watering of beds and rows. Hopefully it'll be ready to go soon. That'll leave regular weeding, pruning, suckering and some watering for the volunteers. We'd love to have you come and see what's going on in The Garden, and get involved. The more the merrier!
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Some new aerial photos of The Garden after planting the Raised Beds.
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Some new aerial photos of The Garden after planting the Raised Beds.

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Garden at Bethel ChurchOne more shot ....from the Bethel Elementary side

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Here's an update with some new photos of the Garden. We have the raised bed boxes (that we have currently built) filled with plants, and are planting the Row Crop section this week and next. Drip Irrigation System will go in soon, and while we are still waiting on Duke Power to connect our power, we have a generator on site to operate the water system in the interim. The Bethel Elementary area of The Garden is postponed until the 2018 growing season, since construction and water system system delays have pushed us a little behind schedule this year. Stay tuned for more updates. ... See MoreSee Less

There will be an interest meeting tomorrow, Tuesday evening, at 7 PM at the community garden. Come out and learn more about this partnership between Bethel Church, Feed The Souls Food Pantry and Bethel Elementary School! ... See MoreSee Less

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Garden at Bethel ChurchThanks to all that attended the meeting. Plenty more to talk about as the season presses on.

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