Would you like to learn more about how a local church is growing organic produce in their garden to benefit people in our community?
Christ Lutheran Church, 69 Main St., Hellertown, is holding an open house on Sunday, June 10 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the creation of a newly expanded “Love Grows Here” Community Garden at the church.
Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and show visitors around the garden, and Pastor Phil Spohn will bless the vegetable patch during the open house, which the community is invited to attend.
“This beautiful new garden is where the church grows organic produce for those in need in our community,” the church said in a news release.
Produce is grown from March to November and donated to the food bank at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lower Saucon Township and to local seniors from May through November; something the church has been doing for more than seven years.
Feeding the hungry is a part of Christ Lutheran Hellertown’s mission.
“Our Faith Community Nurse, a specially-trained healthcare professional, helps to assess the food needs of the community,” the church explained.
In addition to the “Love Grows Here” Community Garden, the congregation has a goal of donating 2,018 items to the food bank this year.
Members of the church also volunteer to make lunch once a month at New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem and take multiple food donations each week from Giant in Hellertown to New Bethany Ministries.
“Christ Lutheran Church-Hellertown is also setting an example for the local community with organic gardening practices,” the news release stated. “The garden was started to demonstrate how to grow produce while treating the soil responsibly, i.e., without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.”