Gardens and Grounds
Under the leadership of Lisa Lemza (chair), Tom Carroll and Josh Hall, Grace church started in early 2010 the Third Day Initiative or the Greening of Grace, which is physically transforming the gardens and grounds of the church. To learn more about this initiative, please review this comprehensive presentation. In addition to countless hours in maintenance, repair and upkeep, the Grace Gardens have been enhanced this year with a new Welcome Garden, irrigation systems, and a flourishing vegetable patch in the beds of the upper parking lot. Grace has been recognized in 2010 as a Wildlife Preserve.
Grace Community Garden
Grace will go forward building a raised-bed, community garden on the 'old soccer field;’ diagrams on the garden bulletin board and a drawing below will give details. We will build them this spring as volunteers, contributions, and labor allow and open them to our neighborhood to plant and maintain. Ultimately we want to build a picnic pavilion on the north (church) end of the lot to function as the church's front porch and as an outdoor teaching and meeting space. This concept will be presented in detail on Sunday, 13 March at the Parish Forum. ‘Build the beds' work days will be Saturday, 26 March and Saturday, 2 April, 11:00 am until ? Rain days 27 March and 3 April, 2:00 pm). We will have a generator and overhead cover: we need builders and power tools. Date changes are possible in this chancy season. We will certainly publicize them as quickly as we can.
Contributions are needed to pay for signage, irrigation, and compost bins. The garden will consist of twelve each 4' x 12' beds estimated to cost $300 apiece, and eight each 4' x 6' foot garden beds at $250 each. We are test-building beds on 20 Feb. to validate these prices. We have applied for grant support also. Sponsoring a whole or half bed will be noted with a dedication plaque, to whomever the donor wishes. So far we have 6 large beds donated.