Welcome to our Community Gardens!
Connections Church provides a unique ministry to the Highlands Ranch community through an on-campus Garden Ministry.
The Community Gardens consist of raised bed boxes, each 4’ by 8’, with its own irrigation drip system. They contain all organic soil and are the perfect place to grow produce with full sun all day long.
The gardens are open to anyone who would like to try gardening the organic way! We are mostly full for this summer but please contact our Head Gardener, Bonnie at email@example.com if you want more information.
Farm to Table Project
The Farm to Table Project is an extension of the Community Gardens where we keep a few garden plots set aside for growing food for our community. Volunteers are always welcome for those who would like to garden but not have the commitment of an individual box.
Ways to be involved with the Farm to Table Project include maintaining the boxes and harvesting and handing out the produce, on Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Sunday mornings from 11:00 – 11:30 am, when produce is available.
Handy in carpentry? We are also looking for people to help build a Farm to Table Stand in June.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
This is a very popular event set for Sunday, August 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, where ‘chefs’ from our gardens team up to take on the challenge. Each group is given a mystery box of ingredients that they are to make into food dishes to serve those attending. Then a vote by the guests determines the winner.
Start pulling your chef team of 3 together if you would like to participate! We end the night sharing a meal with a produce potluck and meat prepared by the Traeger ‘griller guys’!
Social Distancing in the Garden
With the re-opening of our church building for worship, there may be a few of us stopping to tend our gardens around 9:00 am or 11:00 am, we want to remind all gardeners that social distancing and the wearing of masks are required.
For watering, we cannot control who uses the water hydrant when, so we encourage you to personally come prepared to wear garden gloves and/or wipe off the hydrant/sprayer prior to use and then use personal hand sanitizer after use if not wearing gloves.
Message from Pastor George on the purpose for the Garden Ministry
The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord. – Psalm 24:1
In the beginning God created a garden and called us to be stewards. We are responsible to cultivate the creation in such a way that God is glorified, neighbors are blessed, and the world itself is honored as God’s handiwork. And as stewards we will one day give account. We hope our Lord will look at what we’ve done and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
In light of this high calling to creation care, I can think of no better ministry of our church that embodies the fullness of our mission- to connect with God, one another and our world.
Our community gardens give us the opportunity first to connect with the world- the literal dirt of creation to cultivate and bear good fruit. And we pray that you will truly enjoy the fruits of your labors and bear crops of delicious, nutritious and ecologically sound foods.
But right there in the name is another part of our mission- community. We pray that this garden will simultaneously cultivate new and deeper relationships with one another. Talk with your “plot” neighbors, share information, and even share in the harvest and gather together for our feasts!
And lastly we believe that all of life is worship, not just one hour Sunday morning in a sanctuary. We pray that your gardening is an act of worship of God, recognizing the Creator, embracing your role as a steward, and understanding how you bear His image.
It’s a rather lofty vision for a couple of raised boxes of dirt. But my friends and fellows stewards, never doubt that big things come from small beginnings. A great tree grows from a tiny seed. Now may you cultivate a garden that brings glory to God, grows a community of neighbors, and bears abundant fruits to nourish and enjoy.
Gardening Resource Links
- Guide to Starting a Garden – Grow Local Colorado
- Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces – The Spruce
- Colorado Vegetable Planting Calendar – Urban Farmer
- Best Garden Vegetables for Colorado – Hunker
- Growing an Edible Garden in Colorado – Timberline Landscaping
- Planning a Vegetable Garden – Colorado State University
- Vegetables Seeds or Seedlings? – The Spruce
- 10 Biggest Vegetables Gardening Mistakes – The Spruce
- Organic Soil Amendments – Colorado State University
- Organic vs. Manufactured Fertilizers – Colorado State University
- Vegetable Gardening – Nitrogen Recommendations – Colorado State University
- Insect Controls: Soaps and Detergents – Colorado State University
- Insect Control: Horticulture Oils – Colorado State University