Church breaks ground on mission garden
On Sunday, members of St. Joseph Catholic Church gathered on the backside of the church to break ground for a new Matthew 25 Garden. Later this fall a 100 x 100 square will be plowed under to make way for a large vegetable garden.
The goal of the garden is to feed the hungry and nurture the community as the Bible directs in Matthew 25. A committee of about 10 parishioners has been meeting since March to plan the garden. Committee leader Donna Matuszewski said the blessing held Sunday started the project out with excitement.
Next spring volunteers will plant the church's first mission garden. Matuszewski said they will plant a variety of vegetables and fruits with the goal of feeding those in need. The garden will be located behind the church along a pond off of Connemara Trail.
Produce from the garden will be donated to a number of organizations that focus on feeding the hungry, including Loaves and Fishes. The organization provides meals to the hungry in the Twin Cities Metro area. Additionally Matuszewski said they will donate food to the Rosemount and Eagan Family Resource Centers.
"We hope to do some good in the community," Matuszewski said.
Matuszewski said talk of starting a garden has been going on for a while as a need became apparent. A committee was selected to design the garden and to do the prep work. While it took time to figure everything out, Matuszewski said they should be ready to plant their first crops next spring.
"There's a lot of people excited about it and a lot of people willing to help," said Matuszewski.
In addition to feeding people, the garden will provide educational opportunities for the students at St. Joseph School. Matuszewski said students will help plant the garden.