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Glory Community Garden
A new venture with a mission

                          To improve health, foster community collaboration, and share the love of God

   The Glory Community Garden will occupy two lots bordered by Davis and Webster Streets, in the Parson’s Addition neighborhood of Kerrville, Texas.  Vacant land, measuring 178’ x 100’, was willed to Barnett Chapel United Methodist Church in 1984. The current pastor, Rev. Allen Noah, envisions using the land to benefit the neighborhood. Hill Country Master Gardener Meg Scott-Johnson, in her capacity as a Board member of the Doyle Community Center, caught the excitement of Rev. Noah's vision and then presented the project proposal to the Master Gardener organization. Master Gardener Pam Umstead was one of the first HCMG members to volunteer. At that point, a Glory Garden committee was formed, and several members of the local community came onboard, including members of Kerrville First United Methodist Church, who had previously considered a similar project; the City of Kerrville and Mayor Jack Pratt agreed to assist; and the official groundbreaking took place December 21, 2013.

Rev. Allen Noah caught the enthusiasm of Hill Country Master Gardeners, and he is now  a full-fledged MG, class of 2014.  He will continue to learn more about gardening as he shepherds the building of the community garden.

Breaking ground for the new garden are Rev. Noah,
KFUMC Pastor Bob Allen, Kerrville Mayor Jack Pratt, and HCMG Pam Umstead

Left to right are HCMG President Patty Zohlen, Project Chair Chris Seifert, MG Pam Umstead, Rev. Noah, and MGs Meg Scott-Johnson, Gayle Anderson, and MG Newsletter Editor Eleanor Baldwin

Preliminary plan for Glory Community Garden

   Water lines have been installed. Soon deer-resistant fencing and raised cinder block beds will be built. The plan includes space for up to forty 48-to-49 square foot rectangular raised beds, both high and low, as well as round keyhole gardens. A local builder has pledged to construct a 22x19 Garden Center structure for equipment storage. There will be a shaded area for educational programs and neighborly visits among gardeners. Outside the fenced area plans include a hardscape walking path on both street sides bordered by beds of deer-resistant, waterwise native plans – plants that will also serve as pollinators for the vegetable plots. Other plans include historical and educational markers to reflect the history of the community. More than 25 partners/donors are already involved. Members of the community can covenant to rent and maintain a garden plot for $25 per year.

                     To learn more about how you can be involved in this project, email profit199@gmail.com

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