St. Thomas the Apostle Community Garden
A Garden of Quotes
"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."...Henry David Thoreau
About the St. Thomas Community Garden
The U.S. Episcopal Church has embraced the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations to reduce suffering worldwide in eight critical areas by 2015. The number one millennium development goal: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
In 2007 members of St. Thomas the Apostle Church took an empty lot adjacent to the church and began the work to turn it into a community garden as their way of embracing this goal and “…growing food to fight hunger where we live.”
Today, two large “pantry plots” are growing a wide variety of foods: lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, collards, mustard greens, onions, garlic, beans, peas, cucumbers, peppers and okra to name a few, with all the food harvested going to local food pantries dedicated to fighting hunger in our community.
We are working especially close with the Resource Center of Dallas and North Dallas Shared Ministries.
In addition, 16 private plots are worked by individuals growing food for their own use but with a promise to “tithe” 10 percent of their harvest to a local food pantry of their choice.
The garden strives to be organic in all its activities. In 2009, compost bins were constructed and shredded paper is often used as mulch in an effort to be as green as possible. The garden is corporately sponsored by Preservation Tree Service Inc. and they have been instrumental in helping on numerous projects in the garden.
It’s been a remarkable transformation from vacant lot to bountiful garden in such a short period of time.
In April 2008, the Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Shori came to Dallas to bless the garden with a Rogation Ceremony.
The garden is also a popular volunteer/outreach activity for many community groups such as: The Boy Scouts, The Young Men’s Service League, local churches and synagogues, local school groups and many individuals from the community as well, which further highlights the community aspect of the garden.
“The community garden, as well as our recently restored and rebuilt church facilities reflect our commitment and growth as a parish of thinking, tolerant Christians engaged in life with our God, our families and friends, and the broader community within the best traditions of the Episcopal Church,” said the Rev. Stephen J. Waller, Rector of St. Thomas.