There's more than just squash, beans and tomatoes growing in Fountain Inn. Relationships with our community are growing through the partnership of Synergy Garden and Presbyterian Fellowship of Fountain Inn.
Presbyterian Fellowship of Fountain Inn is the site of Synergy Garden (a community garden). Synergy Garden at Presbyterian Fellowship of Fountain Inn began in August 2015.
The initial garden built in August of 2015 consisted of raised beds made of concrete block. 2,000 blocks were used to construct the raised beds and then they were filled with topsoil and compost. The first fall garden consisted of an abundance of lettuce and spinach. Since then the beds are annually planted with an assortment of beans, lettuce, onions, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, garlic and tomatoes - depending upon the season.
A 10,000 square foot garden was later added to the back of the church property. The in-ground rows are annually planted with squash, corn, peppers, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. In addition to the gardens, church members have constructed a shed to be used for storage and run water lines to each of the raised beds. Irrigation to the back garden is also in the works.
Teams of volunteers meet weekly (during the growing season) to weed, harvest and package produce. Produce is shared among the community volunteers and a large portion is donated to local food banks. On a Saturday workday it’s common to see families of all ages working side-by-side. The intergenerational work of gardening is another blessing of this ministry.
“It’s such a blessing to be a part of sharing food with others, deepening relationships with our neighbors and involving our children in the process of growing healthy food,” shares Rev. Shawn Hevener, pastor at Presbyterian Fellowship of Fountain Inn.
New volunteers are always welcome to serve in Synergy Garden at Presbyterian Fellowship. They can call the church office at 601-9140 for more information or email the garden at:
Check our Synergy Garden Facebook page for details about spring planting and when weekly garden teams will resume meeting in 2019.