Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.”  And it was so.   

~ Genesis 1:11

The University UMC community garden, Giving Garden, (531 Umstead Drive) is growing! Many individuals and families are already helping TABLE, benefiting students at Northside and Seawell Elementary Schools by bringing in nonperishable items. Now you have the opportunity to also help bring fresh vegetables to these students. Ripe produce may also be taken home by volunteers. Questions? Please contact Ann Booterbaugh.

What's Growing at Giving Garden?

Come out and see what’s growing at Giving Garden! There are hot and sweet peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, asparagus, okra, corn, luffa and herbs. Also new at the garden:  two raspberry bushes, a blueberry bush, a fig tree and two lemon trees. The five apple trees that were planted earlier are doing well!

Many flowers have been planted inside the garden fencing, outside in the pollinator garden, and also around the beehives. The bees hopefully feel right at home at Giving Garden! We hope you can come out and help with the garden chores and take home something for dinner when it’s time to harvest! Right now, radishes and herbs are ready to be picked.

If you need to take a break in the shade after working in the garden, you can rest at the picnic table under the lean-to or take a hike to the creek on the new trail cleared by one of our dedicated volunteers, Bryan Reep. Hope to see you at Giving Garden!

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Workday Hours  Come out and work as long as you are able.

  • Tuesdays:   9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays:  9:00 a.m. – noon
University UMC Community Garden (corner of Umstead Road and Estes Extension)
John Umstead Tilling the Garden

Garden Gab: Can You Grow a Sponge?

What is a luffa (loofa) plant? You may have heard of a loofa sponge? Did you know it comes from a plant? The luffa plant is a vegetable gourd in the cucumber family. The luffa fruit can be eaten if harvested early, about one inch in diameter and less than 7 inches long. If the fruit is left on the vine for 150-200 warm days, it will become a sponge that can be used in bathrooms and kitchens. We are growing luffa for both eating and cleaning. Come out and see it grow!

Progress at the Giving Garden