The Peace Garden at Prince of Peace Church
Thanks to many volunteers and generous donations, the Garden has been de-sodded, tilled, molded into planting beds and paths, and planted with seeds and seedlings that will grow food to be donated to local food pantries.

 

Some History
The impetus for the garden arose from an adult class that studied and discussed issues associated with hunger, learning that people who are food insecure often find it too expensive to buy fresh produce and so eat more economical, less nutritious options.  This often leads to health problems such as malnourishment and obesity.
Coincidentally, the congregational council had been discussing options for using the church house property and realized that the large plot of land behind the house was an unused resource that would be perfect for a garden.
We have been fortunate to have the help of Nancy Nicosia, a master gardener who helped establish the Cherry Tree Club garden.  Nancy has been invaluable in designing the garden, consulting on preparing the soil and planting, sharing her enthusiasm, and making it all a lot of fun.

The Dedication of the Garden - Sunday, May 25, 2014
     
 

About the Dedication of the Garden - Rogation Days

The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day have traditionally been observed as Rogation Days. The word Rogation has its roots in the Latin word that means to ask or petition, and it comes from the ancient introit for the Sunday preceding the Ascension in which God’s blessing is asked upon the agricultural activities of the community, usually taking the form of blessing of seeds, fields, machinery, and so forth. Rogation Days are a way for the church to honor God for the gift of creation and to pray for the land, the gift of labor, and the needs of all people. On Sunday, May 25th, 2014, we remembered these days with a procession at the end of worship to the Peace Garden to ask God’s blessing on the land, the people who work it, and all who are involved in growing and producing food.
 
     
 

About the Garden
The plot is 30 x 60 feet and has ten rows.  The rows have been planted with tomatoes, beets, carrots, collard, chard, okra, summer squash, several herbs, beans, onions, melons, and peppers.  As crops are harvested and space becomes available, we will plant successive crops. We work most Saturdays from 9-11 (or so) and welcome volunteers of all ages.


The area is fenced (thank you, Frank Klein!) and gated (thank you, Mike Moore!) and designed to discourage deer, groundhogs, and rabbits from eating the crops.

 
     
 


Financing (May 2014)

The garden is being financed through designated offerings and many in-kind donations - for which we are very grateful.  We are also appreciative to our friends at Thrivent Financial for a grant of $400 based on volunteer hours at the rate of 1 to two hours of weekly time. The free will offering on Mother’s Day, and other donations, have added about $900 to the Thrivent grant.

And in May 2014 we received a $2000 grant from Lutheran Social Ministries. 

If anyone would like to financially support the ongoing expenses of the Peace Garden, simply place your check in the Sunday Offering Plate or send it to the church office at 177 Princeton Hightstown Rd, Princeton Jct, NJ 08550.

 
 
   
 

Want to Help?

Saturday (6/28/14) marked the first harvest  the Peace Garden donated to Crisis Ministries. Through www.yeswecanfooddrives.org, we were able to contribute a substantial amount of fresh greens.

Previous Hours:
The Peace Garden was open on Tuesday mornings from 9am-11am for individuals interested in participating in the harvesting and maintenance of the garden. All were welcome to come learn more about gardening under the tutelage of master gardener, Nancy Nicosia.

Weekly, starting July 5th from 9am-11am, we begin our Family Harvest Mornings. Families with children are welcome to attend and work together in the garden. Small children are welcome! We ask all parents to stay and participate in the experience.

Summer truly provides a great opportunity to invite family friends and others in our community to check out Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and participate in our worship and ministries. Consider bringing friends to the garden this summer and explore this amazing new ministry together!

"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." - 1 John 3:18.

Other news is that Frank Klein has devised an irrigation system for the garden, making watering a lot easier and less muddy.

 

There is always a variety of jobs, from sitting and planting seeds to raking, shoveling, planting, and watering.  There's a big teak table (thank you Leigh & Mark Godich!) to sit around and work, talk, eat, or just take a break.  Plus there’s always good company, and often some good coffee cake (thank you, Lynn Lewis!).

For more information, please email Lois Case at loismcase@gmail.com.

     
  Garden Report as of July 23, 2014  
  As of this date, the Peace Garden has delivered 127 lbs. of fresh produce to Crisis Ministries!
Our goal is 1,200 lbs for this harvest season.
 
     
 
 

Produce Donation to Crisis Ministry of Mercer County

Nancy Nicosia and Lois Case took a small donation of vegetables to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County offices in Trenton, and got to tour their facility and learn about their programs.  Here's a photo of them with some of the staff.

 

  Pictures taken July 5, 2014
   

New Garden Gate

Tomatoes

  Pictures taken June 24, 2014
The Peace Gardeners will be harvesting the first of the garden crops on Saturday, 6/28--at least chard, probably zucchini and maybe some herbs.  Tomatoes and beans are doing very well. 

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The produce will go to the Crisis Ministry stand at the local West Windsor Farmer's Market. We hope to be harvesting and delivering every Saturday for the rest of the summer.hotos below.

 

Chard

Zucchini

 

Beans

Tomatoes

 
 

Pictures taken June 7, 2014

 
First Melon blossums, and the Tomato plants are thriving!
 

Pictures - taken May 31, 2014

 
   
 
 

More Pictures taken May 31, 2014

 
Picture of Sunday School Students with the "Scarecrow" they made in class!
   
 
 
 
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