The Simple Gifts Community Garden was started in 2009 as a community mission of Apex United Methodist Church. From the start, this effort has been inclusive of the ENTIRE community. Membership is not dependendent on one’s address, faith, church, gardening ability, or even ability to pay the $10.00 annual family fee (full and partial scholarships are available).
Members of the garden share all the efforts and bounty of the garden. Through a communal approach, we work the soil, fight with the weeds, plant, harvest, and share in the bounty and beauty of the garden.
“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it
Thanks to the amazing generosity of Mrs. Jeanne Hack, who graciously allows us to borrow her property, we are able to “live” rent free. With additional support of many corporate and individual sponsors (please see sponsor page), irrigation pipes were laid to allow us to bring water up from a pond, electricity was brought on site, and an unused field was plowed.
In an enormous community event that brought hundreds of people to the garden, the place was completely transformed. In a matter of hours, nearly 300 feet of deer fence were up, 10 raised beds were created and some lettuce was even planted! After days of hand watering, irrigation was soon in place, which in turn led to more planting.
In each of the first two years, approximately 500 poinds of organic produce was shared with the Western Wake Crisis Ministry. In year three, the deer fence was moved to allow the size of the garden to double, along with the donation to WWCM.
The mission of Simple Gifts Community Garden is to help us return to the simple and joyful life
which God intended for us. Our garden will accomplish this by:
- Borrowing the
gifts of land, time, talent and resources available to our community
- Building an organic garden to produce fresh and high quality fruits and vegetables while also building lasting friendships and cooperation within our community
- Sharing the
knowledge of sustainable organic gardening practices, healthy food preparation
and consumption as well as the bounty of our garden with each other and those in
need within ourcommunity.
Simple Gifts Community Garden will feed our hunger as we grow fruits from the ground and feed our souls as we develop fruits of the spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Our garden will be a place of hospitality where all are welcomed and encouraged to share their gifts with others.