Church Gardens List Now Live!

Several readers advised me of church gardens I’d missed in last week’s column. Thanks to my sharp-eyed readers!  Those gardens missed are: Trinity Lutheran Church – Palmer First Christian Church (DOC) – Anchorage Immanuel Presbyterian Church – Anchorage Trinity Presbyterian Church – Anchorage River of Life Lutheran Church – Chugiak I’ve added a menu item […]

Church Gardens

Church Location Website Coordinator Lutheran Church of Hope Anchorage www.hopeak.org/ Don Bladow Anchorage Lutheran Church Anchorage www.anchoragelutheran.org/ Lisa Wilkinson Dick Mikkelsen Central Lutheran Church Anchorage www.centluth.org/  Barbara Baker Joy Lutheran Church Eagle River www.joy-lutheran.com/ Pastor Martin Eldred St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Anchorage www.godsview.org Karol Libbey Christ Church Episcopal Anchorage www.christchurchanchorage.org/ Rev Katherine Hunt St. John […]

Church Gardens: Why aren’t more doing them?

  In 2015, at the suggestion of a St. John United Methodist member, I wrote my first column on church gardens. I followed that column up with several others about the fantastic strides some local churches have been making in planting those gardens. (see http://www.churchvisits.com/?s=church+gardens to read those columns). However, considering that Anchorage has around 400 churches, […]

Church gardens update

Anchorage Lutheran Church is planning on joining the ranks of local churches with community gardens.  Blessings to you! Additionally, today’s column should have included the name of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in the roster of churches with food gardens, even though they were mentioned earlier. Congregation Beth Sholom is also in the process of planning a […]

Church gardens grow community: It’s time to start planting more assertively.

Last year, I wrote about local initiatives some churches have taken by planting church gardens or allowing church property to be used for community gardens. When I started writing that column, I pre-supposed those gardens would be used primarily for producing fresh food for Bean’s Café, Downtown Soup Kitchen and other community organizations that feed the hungry. […]

Local church veggie gardens are an extension of compassion

What would this community be like if some churches were not growing vegetable gardens to benefit those less fortunate? It’s worth pondering. If you’re unaware of this growing movement in the faith community, please give it your consideration. Last year during one of my church visits, a man approached me to suggest I focus a […]

The church gardening year is over with some astounding results

It’s been a great gardening season for local gardeners, if not without some challenges. A very late fall has stretched out the growing season almost a month longer than normal. Leaves have now fallen and the soil is quickly freezing, but not before some local church gardens managed to reap marvelous harvests benefiting those who […]