The mission of the GRACE Community Garden is to cultivate a healthy community by building collaborations and providing organically grown produce to those in need.

Garden workdays are rewarding, feasible opportunities to help local families in a tangible way. Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a game changer for families, for whom fruits are a rare luxury and nutrition is key.

The GRACE Community Garden provides an average of 1,800 pounds of fresh, organic produce each year to nourish families in need. Be a part of what the Community Garden is yielding for families in need by joining us.

Most of the organically grown produce from the garden is donated to the GRACE Pantry.  If you would like to be on our garden e-mail list, please e-mail Alison Shumaker.

For volunteer opportunities or information on adopting a raised garden plot, please contact Lara Hohweiler.

2018 Planting/Tending Schedule

Clean Up and Preparation, Saturday, Jan. 6.  Pull spent plants, chop into compost. Add leaves to compost piles, turn compost piles. Spray dormant oil on fruit trees, do selective pruning of fruit trees. 12:00 p.m. until completed.

 Manure and Till, Saturday, Jan. 20.  Major Preparation Date.  Final harvest of garlic, cabbage. Spread manure, blood meal and bone meal on all beds, work into beds. Weed around fruit trees and mulch. Stake leaning tree. 12:00 p.m. until completed.

Early Spring Planting, Saturday, Feb 3 cabbage plants, cilantro, parsley. 12:00 p.m. until completed.

Mid Spring Planting, Saturday, March 17.  Major planting date.  Plant squash, melons, corn, tomatoes and peppers (transplants) and interplant borage, garlic, marigolds and nasturtiums to ward off pests. Fruit trees: give them manure top dressing, renewal of mulch, pulling grass that has encroached.  Cage tomatoes and peppers as soon as planted. Weed and mulch crops planted on 2-3  Mulch walkways.  9:00 a.m. until completed.

Spring Tending and Planting, Saturday, April 7. Plant cucumbers, and replant where needed.   Weed and mulch generally, and around our newly established tomatoes, squashes, and peppers, as well as replenish mulch in our walkways. Seed marigolds where missing.  9:00 a.m. until completed.

Late Spring Planting and Tending, Saturday, May 12.  Plant sweet potatoes, corn, tomatillos, Weed and mulch as needed. Turn compost piles to aerate, water them. 9:00 a.m. until completed.

Early Summer Planting, Saturday, June 2.  Plant tomatillos, succession tomatoes, cage them, plant succession watermelon, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Turn compost piles to aerate, water the piles, add leaves.  Weed and mulch generally.  8:00 a.m. until completed.

Tomato Pruning, Saturday, July 21. Gather tomato fruits.  Prune back vines planted on 3-17 to promote second growth of new stems and blossoms for fall production. Weed and mulch generally. 8:00 a.m. until completed.

Last Summer Tending, Saturday, August 18.   Plant winter squash. Weed and mulch generally; turn compost piles, water them. 8:00 a.m. until completed.

Early Fall Tending, Saturday, September 8. Remove spent crops, apply manure and/or finished compost. Replant where needed.  Weed and mulch fruit trees. Weed and mulch generally.  8:00 a.m. until completed.

 Late Fall Planting, Saturday, October 6.  Plant cabbage transplants. Turn compost bins, add leaves.  Weed and mulch generally. 9:00 a.m. until completed.

December: Bring bags of leaves to use as compost and mulch. Place along fenceline.

Volunteer opportunities take place each Thursday. Gather ripe produce, do spot weeding. Also, spent produce, leaves and other organic materials must be added to compost piles. Turn compost piles to aerate and water the piles. Spot water crops if needed. Please contact Becca Clarke, 817-454-0731 for details.

Ongoing Community Garden Needs:

  • Volunteer on scheduled work days – garden clean up/planting
  • Monetary donations (see below for information)
  • Donation of seeds and plants for planting days

Make a monetary donation. Please mention GRACE garden in memo.

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While the plant experts at the Grapevine Gardening Club concede that money doesn’t grow on trees, club members proved they know how to raise more than fruits and vegetables. Their Community Garden collection has taken place every year for the last 27 years! Proceeds will nourish hundreds of families this year by supporting our garden initative and continue GRACE programs.

Garden Club representatives present: Dinah Chancellor, Ella Barber, Candace Kyler and Robin Pond