The Community Garden was started in 2016. Teresa Rogers had a vision of utilizing the space for an idea of helping out the community. Teresa Rogers had a vision of utilizing unused space on the church property with the intent of community outreach. The garden began with six simple raised beds and a pergola all built by Teresa.
The next year (2017) four raised beds were added and Donna Foote came on board to assist with the planning and care (weeding!) of the garden.
In 2018 eight raised beds were added along with a fence (constructed by Teresa Rogers and Herb Rowell). They added landscape fabric and stone dust in the path to keep the weeds down.
Every summer, there is bench in front of the garden with fresh vegetables that have been harvested for anyone to take. The garden also donates fresh vegetables to the Chester Food Pantry. This past September, they celebrated a bountiful harvest with the “Taste of the Garden” event in the church vestry. All of the food was prepared using vegetables that had been grown in the garden. Some of the produce was used to make pickles and salsa that was sold at our Christmas in the Village fair.
The plan for the upcoming season is to finish the walkways with crushed stone. All are welcome to volunteer their time. Please contact the church office for more information.