Mills Grove Church’s “Common Ground” Community Garden

By Post Staff

Members of the Mills Grove Christian Church grant writing committee are: (L to R): Majeedah Rahman, Brenda Barnes, Karen Barrett, Rosa Celestine, Rev. Clarence Johnson, Sharon Dalke, Rahime Butcher (rear), Melissa Butcher, Deloris Suarez, and Angie Dalke (lower right). Photo by Ken A. Epstein.

Members of the Mills Grove Christian Church grant writing committee are: (L to R): Majeedah Rahman, Brenda Barnes, Karen Barrett, Rosa Celestine, Rev. Clarence Johnson, Sharon Dalke, Rahime Butcher (rear), Melissa Butcher, Deloris Suarez, and Angie Dalke (lower right). Photo by Ken A. Epstein.

Mills Grove Christian Church is working to develop a community garden, “Common Ground,” on an empty lot owned by the church at 5410 Fleming Ave. in Oakland.

The garden will be operated as a cooperative. The 2,200-square-foot lot will be divided into several gardening plots. Based on the available space, an estimated 32 garden plots will be created – 10 subsidized by the church to serve low-income, under-served individuals and families in Alameda County.

Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about organic gardening, nutrition and environmental sustainability while working collaboratively.

Funding for the project was raised in part from a San Francisco Foundation grant and other donations.

A fundraising dinner was held June 15 at the church to support the garden. Music was provided by Dr. Terrance Elliott.

Courtesy of the Oakland Post, June 21, 2013 (www.postnewsgroup.com)