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The Third Day

St. Mark's Community Garden Blog

"Then God said, 'Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.'  And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day."

Genesis 1: 11-13

The Third Day

Community Garden is Growing

Friday, April 09, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Many thanks to all who have participated in our recent expansion. We had a very successful work day in March, and the following individuals put in great effort: Alex Taylor, Vance Neathery, Mike Palladino, Pat Higgins, Quincy Allen, Ben McClure, Sid Traylor, Erin Traylor, Rebecca Traylor, Jane Buck, Sue Thompson, Thane Wyman, Nicole Wyman, David Newman, Gail Newman, Charlsie Neathery, and Cindy Freeman.

Thanks too to Adam Taylor, who constructed the shade arbor awhile back, and is now working with us to earn a merit badge for gardening.


The garden has been a great opportunity for fellowship and ministry! Our group of workers and plant donors ranges from ages 3 to 93 (ish). Many thanks for our newest plantings go to Estella Schmidt for her heirloom hog brain peas, and to Charlotte and Jerry Campbell for their dewberry plants. We have also welcomed neighbors who offer their considerable help and expertise: Jane, who lives across the street, and Kelly, who has provided a great variety of seeds. Both are helping actively with our gardening efforts.



Most importantly, we are feeding hungry people. Recently we achieved a milestone, when all the clients of the food pantry received fresh produce from us. We hope to make that a routine occurrence. We need your help! Please attend, or contribute to, our upcoming Feed the People luncheon on April 25th.

Urban Harvest

Sunday, August 30, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
We are now an official member of the Houston Urban Harvest gardening group.  The Urban Harvest group is a non-profit organization that promotes gardening in urban environments, hence the name.  They do a lot of work with schools; building gardens and teaching gardening to inner city kids.  Our garden is focused on growing fresh, organic food that we provide to the HIM food pantry to help feed the hungry.

We have radishes

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Harvesting the radishes they helped plant.
A great-looking bunch. And the radishes are nice too.

Vance Neathery's caption: "team sipes gathers the first sipes lower case because I refer to the Sipes kids as ‘lower case team sipes'."

In the beginning

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
The Community Garden beds are installed and planted with vegetables and flowers.
The 5 fruit trees are doing well. Many thanks to all who have been involved over the
last few months. 

  • Quincy Allen and Scout Troop 30 removed a garage, and built and installed the 4 beautiful cedar beds.

  • Vance Neathery installied our watering system.

  •     Kevin and Clayton Nalley donated the 
        use of their heavy equipment.

  • Adam Taylor's Eagle project was the shade arbor. Adam is a member of Troop 924. Adam's dad Alex helped him display the arbor drawings.


    •     Sue Thompson coordinated the 4 planting 

  • Pat Higgins and Lisa Martinson designed our "greenprint."

    Want to get involved?

    Are you a good weeder? Want to help water the
    fruit trees? Are you interested in being part of a
    possible future expansion? The vegetables from the
    plots and the fruit from the 5 new trees will be
    donated to the new food pantry at Zion.
    Contact Cindy at, or Sue