Good News Garden

Vegetable seedlings awaiting planting
Rich has transplanted these vegetables into bigger temporary pots.

On April 29, 2020, Bishop Hougland announced the Good News Gardens project, and so this May, Holy Trinity is planting a garden! We are joining a new program from Plainsong Farm. Produce from our garden will go to the local food banks we support.

The sides of all 8 raised beds for the Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan, are being constructed.
Rich Dykstra, cutting and assembling the sides of the 8 Good News Garden raised beds in his garage.

Rich Dykstra, one of our members, is an experienced organic gardener and he is leading the project. He has researched how best to create beds and is constructing the sides of the beds in his garage.

Phase 1: Construction

On Wednesday, May 13, we assembled and filled the 8 raised beds, filling them with soil.

The Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan, is starting to appear with this first raised bed.
First raised bed is installed
Construction of the raised bed vegetable Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming, Michigan
Rich, Jim and Lisa roll the soil to the raised vegetable bed frames, May 13, 2020.

Phase 2: Planting

Volunteers plant veggie seeds in the new Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan
Debbie and Lorrie planting veggie seeds

We’ve planted seeds and young plants during the last half of May.

Watering the newly planted kale and Swiss chard plants in the Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan
Rich watering young kale and Swiss chard

Phase 3: Watering & weeding. Volunteer now!

Here’s the sign-up sheet in Google Docs. Just type your name in one of the slots under the week you’d like to volunteer. After you put your name on a week, Rich will contact you to match the tasks needed with your skills (or lack thereof?) and your availability.

The garden can’t accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, etc., so if you have ADA compliance issues we recommend that you don’t volunteer.

Vegetable plants are growing fast in the Good News Garden at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Michigan
Our plants are starting to look delicious!

This will not be the last chance to volunteer! Help will be needed every week all summer, tending, weeding, and watering the garden. Please think about putting in some time making this garden a success.

Notices and rules for volunteers:

  • Masks covering your nose and mouth are required.
  • Gloves are recommended.
  • Bring your own sanitizer; sanitize your hands often.

About the work:

Weeding, watering etc., are quite easy; however, you will be on your knees often.

Bring to the work site:

Drinking water, knee pads, gloves, digging tool?, back brace (if desired), insect repellent if it’s warmer, hat? Sunscreen?