This month, the Warrenton Baptist Church Garden Ministry is being showcased by Mike and Janice Haase, two of the co-leaders of the ministry. Please consider connecting with this group if it fits your schedule and passions.
The idea for a church garden to provide food for local residents in need originated with Adam Heggenstaller. His enthusiasm for this ministry resulted in several church members meeting at the Alwington property (behind Brumfield Elementary School) to start the first garden in early 2014 by laying out the first garden plot (what is now known as the upper garden). Early garden enthusiasts included Adam, Chris and Cape Caperton, Phil Peyton, Chuck Wilkers, Norm Estes, Jay and Claudia Lawson, Stephanie Usrey, and Angie Ashley. Many, many more have joined in since then and have continued to make this ministry prosper and grow. That first garden resulted in about 2,000 pounds of fresh produce being donated to the Fauquier Food Bank. Four years later, in 2018, that total was over 3,200 pounds and included such items as tomatoes, peppers, corn, okra, onions, green beans, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, turnips, collards and melons. The garden area has grown as well. There are now two garden areas with fencing surrounding them to keep out the wildlife. There is also a shed that was built to store tools and supplies.
The summer of 2019 will be the sixth year of our garden ministry. We will again raise a variety of vegetables to donate to the Fauquier Food bank. We will need lots of help! The average volunteer hours for each year has been close to 800 hours over the course of the spring, summer, and fall. We will need every bit of that time this year as well as we prepare the garden for planting, plant the crops, weed and water, harvest and deliver the vegetables, and then clean up the area at the end of the season. We begin the first ground preparation work in March. Late April to May is when the majority of the planting takes place. We generally work at the garden on Tuesday afternoons/evenings from about 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm with occasional sessions throughout the week as needed. The first session will probably be a three hour Saturday morning in late March/early April.
If you are interested in participating in this ministry, contact Mike and Janice Haase at 540 359 6353.