Moravian Community Garden

The Staten Island Moravian Churches Community Garden grows organic produce for Project Hospitality’s soup kitchen and food pantry. From the time we started keeping records, we’ve been contributing between 800 and 900 pounds of produce each season to Project Hospitality’s soup kitchen and food pantry. During our 2018 gardening season, we yielded almost 1000 pounds of fresh produce for donation to Project Hospitality .

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2019 Garden Dates

  • Mar. 4, 7:30 pm
    Recruitment meeting in church parlor
  • Mar. 19, 7:30 pm
    Recruitment meeting in church parlor
  • Apr. 6, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party: Start Garden prep
  • Apr. 13, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party: Sift compost, Garden prep
  • Apr. 20, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party: Garden prep
  • Apr. 27, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party: Garden prep
  • May 3, 5:00 pm until we’re done
    Work Party: Sorting plants and seeds for planting day
  • May 4, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party: Planting Day
  • May 13, 5:30 pm
    Weekly Monday evening work sessions begin
  • Jun. 8, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party
  • Jul. 13, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party
  • Aug. 3, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party and mid-season Brunch
  • Sep. 7, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party
  • Oct. 12, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party
  • Oct. 19, 10 am – 1:00 pm
    Work Party
  • Nov. 9, 11:00 am
    Harvest Brunch

Volunteer Gardeners

  • We have thirty-nine four by four foot squares. About a third of these squares are set aside for volunteer gardeners and about two-thirds are set aside for Project Hospitality.
  • The garden provides space for people who might not be able to garden at home. In exchange for helping to care for garden plots designated for Project Hospitality, volunteer gardeners can have a personal plot to grow their own vegetables and herbs to take home.
  • The entrance and front section of the garden are handicap accessible. Six of the plots are in waist high wheel-chair accessible beds.

Square Foot Gardening

We use the Square Foot Gardening Method developed by Mel Bartholomew. (The number of plants per square depends on the size of the plant. For instance, a foot square can accommodate 1 tomato plant or 16 radish plants)

  • High density planting means fewer weeds.
  • Verticals are provided in 27 squares in our garden. Verticals are used for tomatoes, cucumbers, and other running plants.
  • Volunteer gardeners only need simple tools: gardening gloves and trowels.
  • Don’t step on the soil inside the garden squares!

Come and join us! It’s great to enjoy being outside, working together, and seeing the goodness of God’s creation all around us.

Location

Castleton Hill Moravian Church
1657 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
+1 (718) 442-5215
Please call the church office for more specific directions to the garden.

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