The community garden provides 22 garden plots with 29 families sharing these plots for the 2014 season. These families represent five countries of origin: Eastern Europe, South Africa, China, Mexico and the US. In addition to gardening together, the community sponsors educational programs for children as well as adults, cooking demonstrations and a weekly garden market that runs June through October. New in 2014, is an additional 1/4 acre of land that grows food specifically for the garden market distribution. In 2014, Ploughshares Community Garden has numerous community partners including, People's Pantry (located on the grounds of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Frazer), Home Depot, Chester County Food Bank, and private donors.
- What is it? – Ploughshares Community Garden is a one acre plot of land donated by Frazer Mennonite Church for the purpose of growing food for the surrounding community. It has two components: The "community garden" which is twenty six 20x20 ft. plots tended by local people for their own use, and a "food bank garden" that is tended by volunteers to produce food for the Chester County Food Bank. All food grown in both gardens is grown organically.
- Garden Plots – The "community garden" plots are open to anybody and range in size from 20x20 ($25.00), 10x20 ($20.00), 5x20 ($15.00). Resources provided for the community garden are: preseason and after season tilling, fencing, water, compost, and gardening education. Gardeners in the community garden are expected to keep their gardens clean and to contribute extra time in spring/fall preparation and in maintaining the overall appearance of the garden throughout the summer. The "community garden" also works intentionally at helping to strengthen relationships between the gardeners so that personal friendships are also tended in this space. Meridith Ridington is the Program Director of the "community garden" and will often plan activities to help these friendships grow.
The Food Bank Garden – The "food bank garden" is always looking for volunteers who can help plant, maintain, harvest, and distribute the produce. This part of the garden is managed by Ray Hurst who is also the Director of the Ploughshare Community Garden.
- Weekly Garden Market – “Market Day” is held each Saturday morning (Mid June - Mid October) from 9:00 -12:00. People from the local area may come and get free food.
- If you are interested in having a plot in the community garden or in volunteering at the food bank garden please contact Frazer Mennonite Church.
Click here to see pictures from the garden's establishment and past seasons.
Ploughshares Community Garden
is a neighborhood resource
that gathers people
to produce fresh food and
Connecting to people
A desire to share community garden wisdom and life.
Connecting to the land
A desire for families to share in the joy of growing healthy food
A garden of peace, justice and safety
A passion for practicing peaceful acts, answering the call to eliminate hunger and providing a safe space to connect to others and the land.
Calls us to be good stewards of the land that God created.
Reflects our desires to nurture the land with sustainable practices.
Sharing responsibility for the garden.
Demonstrates our desire to work together, respect the land and produce a greater harvest.