Have a little extra space in the church lawn? In the community? Grow a garden! Give the food away! Here’s what some of our churches have done:
Whitefish UMC: Whitefish Community Garden WUMC community garden has organized as a 501c3. Being incorporated has allowed them to apply for funding and receive donations that individuals and organizations would not have made to a religious organization. Members, individuals and families grow their own food in rented 12' x 4' raised beds on a 1 acre plot. Members agree to provide 6 hours of volunteer labor to the garden and donate 10% of their harvest to the food bank. Contact information is available on the website link provided.
Lewistown UMC: 2 kinds of community gardens that they are involved with:
- In 2014, with a $500 grant from the UMC, a community garden was started. All food grown is donated to the Council on Aging, community food cupboard and the Boys and Girls Club.
- The church helped start community garden plots where people in the community can rent them.
Church contact: (406) 535-3722 firstname.lastname@example.org