A little update on the Quinault Community Garden here in the Tri-Cities…
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The days are growing longer, and our community garden is at the stage for planting seeds. Spring seemed so distant when we first began work on the garden space last October, but now the land is cleared, the boxes are in place, and the soil is full of rich nutrients from our compost bins. All is ready for the seeds and starters we’re going to plant — the main attraction of this garden we’ve been imagining since last year.
Many people have put in a lot of work to make the garden possible to this point — we’ve had donations of supplies, discounts from local businesses, gifts from members of the church, an immeasurable amount of labor and sweat to dig holes in rocky ground and move, literally, tons of soil. Who knew dirt was so heavy?
The reason we’re willing to go to all this is effort is that we expect an abundance of produce in summertime. We trust that getting this ground ready for little seeds and little green shoots will lead to cucumbers and lettuce and watermelons and tomatoes and peppers and cabbage. A lot of it. Enough to help local families who might not otherwise afford it be able to have fresh produce for a change, this year and in years to come. It’s hard to know right now what all the implications of those vegetables might have in the lives of those who eat them, who might experience the goodness of Jesus because of this garden, but we pray big prayers that God would draw people into His community and help them to know Him through our lives and work. We believe the truth in the Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 126:5-6:
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
As the seeds go into the ground at Quinault Community Garden, may we also join in prayer that God will give us opportunity to plant seeds of His Word in the hearts of our neighbors and friends. He has wonderfully provided everything we need in the form of material goods and services to make this garden a reality — we can trust Him also to cultivate relationships and provide the seed that will bear good fruit in the lives of our community.