There are many ways for you to partner with us in the work of the Garden of Concord. We first and foremost invite you to join us during any of our community garden times to plant and harvest with us and as always, you’re more than welcome to stop by Sunday mornings for worship at Concord UMC. If you would like to be a part of the garden but aren’t able to join us for our work times, click here to learn about becoming a supporter.
Here are some FAQ’s to help answer any questions you may have about our garden:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I join the garden?
A: Joining the garden is simple. You have three options.
- Simply stop by the garden during a work night/day listed below and fill out an application.
- Download the application (2019 Garden brochure)and bring it with you to a garden work time.
- Click here for the online membership application (fastest option).
Q: What are the membership options?
A: Full year (Two growing seasons)- Only $25.00 covers the entire family!
Q: Do I need to bring anything?
A: Nope! We provide everything you’ll need. Maybe just bring a bottle of water and the desire to grow good food and friendships!
Q: How do we share what we harvest?
A: On the day that you work, we harvest the produce that is available. Some days we don’t have a harvest, while others we have an abundance. Either way, whatever there is, people take what they need. A large share of the harvest is also donated to our local food pantry, S.A.F.E.(Southern Alamance Family Empowerment).
On days that we harvest an entire crop at once, such as garlic, we send out an email to let people know ahead of time that we will be harvesting. If some people can’t get there that day, they can let us know an we will save some for them. No one will miss out!
Q: Are synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used?
A: Absolutely not! We use feather meal as our nitrogen source along with our own compost and cover cropping (green manure) practices. No animal manures are used. Our main form of pest control is by picking bugs off plants, as well as planting beneficial plants that attract good bugs, which then eat the bad bugs. As a last recourse we also use organic pesticides such as neem oil or BT spray, and home-made sprays such as garlic pepper sprays and soap sprays. We also try to prevent diseases and bugs by companion planting, planting vegetables that grow well with other vegetables that help prevent bugs and diseases.
Q: When do we work?
A: We have set work days during the growing season:
- Monday nights from 5:30-7:30pm
- Thursday nights from 5:30pm-7:30pm
- Saturday mornings from 9am-noon.
We also periodically add additional work hours as needed. We will sometimes add morning hours in attempt to beat the heat during the hot summer days.
Q: What if I miss working a week?
A: We strongly encourage weekly participation, but we don’t have a clock to track your hours. If you miss a week, that’s fine, just try to make up for it next week by putting in a little extra time. We have several members that live a distance away so they simply come every other week for a couple of hours.
Q: How do we know what to do?
A: The work day’s activities are planned in advance by the farm manager and assigned accordingly with detailed instructions of how to complete each task.
Q: What do you grow in the garden?
A: We grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. We try to grow a little of everything.
Q: What local ministries do you donate to?
A: We donate a large portion of our harvests on a weekly basis to a local food pantry just five minutes from the garden! Southern Alamance Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) is open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings for food assistance. We also donate to anyone in need who contacts the church or the garden directly, or if a garden member has friends or neighbors who have expressed a need. We encourage garden members to share produce from their own gardens as well as any other food donations to S.A.F.E.
Q: What is the Mission of the garden?
A: To share God’s creation with our neighbors by providing purpose and produce through garden stewardship.
Q: Are Garden members required to be church members?
A: No. Everyone is welcome!