Ormewood Park church embraces environmentalism with vegebtable garden and plant sales to support community members

vegetables grown by the gardeners at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Atlanta GA

Seedtime and Harvest Greenhouse logo, Oakhurst GeorgiaI love the fact that community gardens are sprouting up everywhere – in neighborhoods, at schools and universities, and churches. One church in Ormewood Park (a southeast Atlanta neighborhood next door to Grant Park) has established their community garden and is doing one better. The parishioners of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter are (mostly) people diagnosed with a mental illness, and live in Personal Care Homes. Most do not work, and because of this, other parishioners (and volunteers) organize and run activities at the Friendship Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One of the activities is gardening. The gardeners are employed by the church and earn a small salary while learning in the organic gardens. They grow the ornamental plants and also have a large, abundant vegetable garden. There is a good size greenhouse, and plants are grown organically and sold to the community.

Their next plant sale will be April 9th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the church at 737 Woodland Avenue. You can also get updates on their Seedtime and Harvest facebook page.

Environmentalism has been whole heartedly adopted by our church. Last year, because of our efforts at Seedtime & Harvest, we won the first Trailblazer award from Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. It was an amazing moment when everyone gathered at the awards ceremony realize this new award was won by a group of mentally handicapped and financially “poor” individuals for their outstanding leadership in community environmentalism.

— Glynis Ward

Thank you to Glynis for sending along this information! She is one of the gardeners of Seedtime & Harvest, Greenhouse and Gardens at the church.

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