Our Community Garden Has Grown to Serve
The Needs in Floral City
In 2014, the establishment of a community garden to serve the Floral City community with fresh produce, was no more than the seed of an idea. Today, that the Floral City United Methodist Church Community Garden is a reality.
This year’s garden has been planted and the first harvest of 2015 was this week. The vegetables will be distributed at Hilton Hall this year. ( Across from the Floral City Elementary school) Call the Church at 344-1771 or check out our Facebook Page for days and times
Heading up the garden is Skip LaBelle, a church member who has experience in other community gardens as a master gardener. LaBelle credits his volunteer team with putting in the physical labor to make the garden possible in such a short period of time. LaBelle said, “This is a labor of love for our church and we intend on using the garden to extend our community outreach and serve the neediest in our community with fresh vegetables. At the same time, we feel this will bring our church members closer to others in the Floral City community and other non-profit meal providers.
Pastor Mary Gestrich said, “When the idea was presented to move forward with this garden, our trustees endorsed this quickly so we could expand our mission to serve. The banner at the Community Garden will help create awareness and focus on our theme that ‘God is at work in our lives and the energy is contagious.’ The smiles on the faces of the volunteers who have assisted in creation of the garden tell us we are doing the right thing. Ours is already an active church—but this garden has the opportunity to create new relationships and expand outreach.
For information or to volunteer on the community garden, please call the church office at 352-344-1771.
In 2014 the garden resulted in over 1900 pounds of vegetables distributed to the needy in the Floral City area This year we hope to increase the harvest.