Church gardens are a way to help out the community and go green at the same time. In terms of an engine, one local church in Abilene is moving at warp speed.
"It’s all an experiment, and we're learning as we go,” says Associate Pastor Amy Wilson Feltz.
She works for Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Abilene. This is her second year helping out.
"I think the first year it just took us a while to get our feet under the ground and learn about vegetables and what goes well with what, now we feel a little bit more confident,” says Feltz.
This year the gardening continues, and their purpose is the same, to build relationships, but this year they want to build more friendships than last.
"At the second year we really felt we were at that point where we could start having some more relational events,” adds Feltz.
You can find all of the garden's activities posted on their newly painted tool shed.
"We've added community events it's the third Friday of every month at 7pm, so in June we had free snow cones."
The list goes on with the different activities going on at the garden.
"And then we had old relay games like sack races and three legged races. In August we'll have a meal and concert with Timothy Palmer,’ mentions Feltz.
This year they want to build more relationships than last.
"It's rare if the garden is empty, just like today we’re helping out getting rid of plants ruined by squash bugs,” says Feltz.
You can still find people hard at work the second Saturday of each month.
“We still need to maintain the garden,” says Feltz.
This year strawberries are new on the list, but overall Aldersgate is planting the same kind of fruits and vegetables as last year. Luckily the garden was spared during our recent hail storm. Overall the plants are doing well.