Question: What is the mission of the Garden?
Answer: The Garden was created to supply hungry individuals with healthy produce, help the community become more food independent by teaching people how to garden and to strengthen our community by building relationships between people involved in the Garden.
Question: Can I donate to the Garden?
Answer: The Garden accepts donations of cash and other in-kind items. Checks should be made payable to First Christian Church and have the word “Garden” in the memo space. For donations of in-kind items please contact the Garden Director, Willie Redmon at (817) 821-8575.
Question: Where is the Garden located?
Answer: We are located at First Christian Church at 910 S. Collins, Arlington, Texas 76010. The Garden sits directly behind the church building
Question: Does it cost anything to join the Garden?
Answer: Gardeners pay an annual membership fee of $35 for each bed. In some cases if there is proof of hardship the fee can be waived. We accept cash or checks. Checks should be made payable to First Christian Church and should have “Community Garden” in the memo and Complete registration form.
Question: Is the Garden an organic garden?
Answer: We are not a certified organic garden; instead we are an Earth Kind garden. This means we use all natural products to fertilize and to control pests. The only exception is if we encounter an issue that organic methods will not resolve, then we use the least invasive products we can find. To date we have not used man-made products on any of our plants.
Question: Does the Garden have a composting program?
Answer: The garden has a very successful composting program.
Question: How many beds are in the Garden?
Answer: We have 58 raised beds made out of concrete blocks and each of the beds has its own water spigot making it convenient to water your plants.
Question: Do you have to be a member of First Christian Church to join the Garden or volunteer at the Garden?
Answer: Although the Garden is a ministry of First Christian Church, it is open to the public. This means that you do not have to be a member of the church to lease a bed or volunteer.
Question: Does the Garden donate food to charity?
Answer: We have a 50’x25’ in ground bed and 100% of the produce grown in that bed goes to charity. We also ask that 10% of the harvest from the leased beds be given to charity. Each gardener can choose their own charity or they can donate to the Garden’s Food Bank.
Question: What are the Garden’s hours?
Answer: The Garden is open 24 hours a day. However, the Garden is not lit so gardening after dark is very difficult. We have garden work days on Saturdays and gardeners are encouraged to come and participate and get to know the other gardeners.
Question: Are there any special events in the Garden?
Answer: We have special events throughout the year. We have “Breakfast in the Garden” every spring to celebrate the birthday of the Garden. We also have marshmallow and weenie roasts, movies, Easter egg hunts and many more events.
Question: How do I get started leasing a bed in the Garden?
Answer: You can start the lease process by completing a brief registration form and submitting the $35 annual fee. This form includes contact information that will allow us to keep gardeners up to date with news about the Garden. No personal information will be shared with any outside agency.
Question: Are there any limits to how many beds I can lease or what I can grow in the Garden?
Answer: The numbers of beds you can lease are dependent on availability.
With the exception of ghost Chile pepper, all legal plants are allowed in the Garden.
Question: I am a beginner gardener is there anyone that can help me learn what to do and how to get started?
Answer: We have people available to help those new to gardening and we also host beginner gardening classes. We try to make gardening as pleasurable and as fun as possible. We all had to start somewhere so we want people to feel comfortable and enjoy their gardening experience.
Question: Can I bring my own plants to plant in the Garden?
Answer: You may bring your own plants as long as they are not illegal. We also make plants and seeds available to our gardeners.
Question: Our group would like to work in the Garden; do you allow groups to volunteer?
Answer: Volunteers play an important role in the success of the Garden so all individuals and groups are welcome to contact us. We have hosted corporations, colleges, church groups, schools, fraternities and sororities, scouts and others in the Garden.
Question: Can I do court-appointed service hours at the Garden?
Answer: You can do service hours as long as the Garden is on the approved list that you received from the court.
Question: What are the hours for volunteering in the Garden?
Answer: The Garden hosts volunteers on Saturdays from 8am to 1 pm.