Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) needs fresh, longer-shelf-life vegetables for those in need during this difficult time. Parishioner Rene Dennis has a field and a vision: turning a field into a vegetable bed to help LHR. A casual conversation has led to a new ministry: The Garden Project. We planted our first crops on Earth Day: April 22. Something new is being born in this time of trial, with roots in the prayers offered and service given by the community of St James.
The field, located near Costco in Leesburg, measures about 50' x 200’ - much smaller than a football field, but huge to a backyard gardener. Our goal is to produce, over the next several months, tons of cabbage, beans, beets, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, radishes, and onions. They will be grown with love and sweat, but no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
If you want to help with planting, weeding, harvesting, transporting, or even donating any extra seed packets you might have, please email Fred Williams or Wayne Newell. We give thanks for our tillers, Howard Moody and Jimmy and Glen Cooper, our initial planters Deb Cooper and Kathy and Bruce Bucklin, and of course to Rene for the field he worked to welcome us. We hope you will also embrace this new ministry and help us as we work to produce new life in a beautiful and gentle setting.