Church to create U-pick pumpkin patch on property

Community invited to enjoy the gardening

by BETH ALTENA

MANY HANDS MAKE WORK LIGHT—These hands of the members of North Kent Presbyterian Church look forward to a summer in the sun—or other weather—growing a garden on the church grounds.

Got grass? Then you have the makings of a beautiful garden. Area residents are invited to watch—or help—as North Kent Presbyterian Church’s grassy acreage is turned to a new task in the form of gardens that will be a U-pick pumpkin patch by fall. The “Come Grow with Us” campaign kicked off with a ceremony attended by church members, local Scouts, and Master Gardener John Venman, who is assisting in the garden project.

Using Venman’s calendar, “Gardening with the Moon,” the church hopes to engage the public as the garden flourishes, providing giant pumpkins, pie pumpkins, gourds, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, beans, squash, flowers and other vegetables this summer. Seed starting day began on May 20 with 350 pumpkin seeds, which will eventually become the U-pick portion of the garden.

DIGGING RIGHT IN—Children of the Boy Scouts Pack 282 and Cub Scouts 3282 are willing diggers as church members turn ceremonial first shovels of soil on Wednesday, May 2.

Fred Adgate, of Independent Bank, who is a member of the church, said the project is an outreach that will help the church be more interactive in the community.

Key dates for the church’s garden project include Planting Day on June 16. All summer long, members of the church will tend the garden as it grows in its large property at 6175 Kuttshill Drive. The public is invited to see the garden growing and purchase produce and flowers beginning September 29 through October 27. On October 13 the church has secured a booth at Rockford’s popular farm market in downtown Rockford.

Anyone interested in participating in the garden is invited to contact the church by phone at (616) 866-2230 or e-mail at NKPChurch@gmail.com. Sunday worship service from June to August is at 10 a.m.; from September to May, service is at 10:45 a.m.

“A small church with a big heart,” North Kent Presbyterian Church is a family of believers that supports faith in Jesus Christ through education, challenge, inspiration and outreach.

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