This week's yard of the week belongs to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. It may not be the most beautiful yard, but it may be the most lovely and caring. The parishioners of St. Paul's Lutheran Church donate their time, efforts, and seeds to grow this garden. Nearly 100 pounds of fresh produce has been harvested and donated from St. Paul's garden to the Winlock Vader Food Bank. They donated 70 pounds of produce last week.
The practical nature of St. Paul's church project is a wonderful gift to the members of the community. Sue Lindeman started the project in 2013 a year after retiring. She and her husband spearheaded the project with the enthusiastic help of members from St. Paul. Even some of the children meet at the Church on Wednesday mornings to help harvest the vegetables that will be donated to the food bank on the same day.
Vegetables like lettuce, beets, turnips, cabbage, green beans, and cucumbers are grown in the garden. Sue picked the location for the garden because of the soil. She remembered a pastor from 40 years ago using the same spot, and the rhubarb grown in today's garden is the same rhubarb plant grown 40 years ago. The only vegetable that Sue is picky about picking that goes into the garden is pumpkins. She likes to make sure sugar pumpkins are planted because they are better for cooking.
Without a doubt, what the parishioners of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church are doing for the community is an amazing thing. Not only are they feeding the community nutritious food, but they are also benefiting from the work they do in the form of enjoyment.
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