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Inch by inch, row by row, we’re going to make this garden grow

The Garden at Doylestown Friends Meeting began with seeds of hope before the first spade of earth was turned.

In the fall of 2014, a few Friends began to discuss the idea of starting an organic vegetable garden that could be a living example of their commitment to the Testimonies of Stewardship and Community.

They also determined that the harvests would be donated to the Bucks County Housing Group’s Doylestown Food Pantry, and that the children would be an integral part of the project.

The first crop was planted in March of 2015.

Over the years, the community built raised beds, donated tools and other garden supplies, purchased seeds and organic soil, and set up trellises for climbing plants.

Some tend to the compost pile and collect shredded leaves to enrich the garden soil.

As the weeks progress, the children experience the joy of picking everything from peas in early spring to tomatoes in late summer.

This year has been a very different year for the Garden.

Doylestown Meeting has been closed since early March due to the pandemic, but they still manage to work in the garden and take the harvest to the Doylestown Food Pantry.

Although they can only make one delivery a week now, the Meeting community has provided salad greens, sugar snap peas, green beans, garlic, green beans, cherry tomatoes, and hot peppers to people experiencing food insecurity in Bucks County.

They eagerly look forward to the day when Doylestown Meeting will be open again and the children and the rest of the Meeting community will be able to experience the peace and joy of working in the Garden together.

Heading adapted from “Garden Song.”

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