The church has taken the land outside of the church and turned it into Grace Gardens, where they are growing vegetables and donating the food to people in need.
“There are a lot of people who need help with their food budgets and we are reaching out to say that we are here to help,” said Bernie Dovell, general manager at Grace Gardens.
The garden began in January when a few of the church members decided to draw up a plan to use the land outside of the church to give back to the community.
“Hopefully if we’ve done our work correctly, we’ll be able to grow a sufficient amount of food over a continuous period of time,” said Dovell.
The garden currently has 7 raised beds full of vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes and more. The church plans to keep expanding the garden and adding more vegetables until it is approximately 60 x 100 ft and fills up the entire front lawn.
“We want this garden to be a place that generates food for those who need it, but we also have a meed to reach out to the community and say that this is a place where people can come and learn and feel comfortable.”
To find out more, donate, or volunteer at Grace Gardens, contact the Sooke Baptist Church at their website: www.sookebaptistchurch.com.