Community Garden


Food for the Soul

In 2014 First Congregational Community Church began our community garden. Each spring, summer, and fall, we plant for seasonal harvests of God’s delicious creations.

Weekly, the produce is picked and gathered and distributed between the Rockton Food Pantry and the Domestic Violence Center of Beloit.

So often, those in need receive many processed and packaged foods.  It is our desire to provide them with fresh vegetables and recipes to provide the opportunity to eat healthy and to teach their children about the goodness of  fresh produce.

The garden is open to our entire community and anyone who happens to pass on by is welcome to help themselves to anything ripe for the picking!

The Garden Team has wrapped up the beds for the winter.  This was a very successful garden year with the usual glitches but nothing serious.  We managed to provide food to the local Food Pantry from about April to the end of October.  Lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, radishes, chard, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, and potatoes were donated to very grateful recipients.
During the Fall Festival, a table was set up with the purpose of highlighting fresh foods as well as generally greeting community members.  Wonderful contacts and conversations that made it a very delightful two days.
Many thanks to the team for their valuable help:  Joy, Jayne, Holly, Noak, Mark, Pat, Cathy, and Sue.  Please consider helping next year with harvesting or other tasks.  It’s a big job but remains a needed community mission.
The Food Pantry appreciates and depends upon our donations so please continue to support this mission in any way you are able.

 If able to help with future seminars or with the garden, please contact us.

Not only does the garden enhance our food pantry mission but it also is a strong connection to the community at large.  Suggestions and observations as well as specific veggie requests are welcome.