The Bear Creek Community Church Gardens and the City of Irving recognize that community gardening as a valuable recreational activity that contributes to the health and well-being of the wider community and provides a wide range of environmental, social and educational benefits.  Due to the numerous benefits of community gardens, the City of Irving is working to implement a city wide grant program to financially assist Irving residents in establishing or enhancing community gardens.

The Bear Creek Community Church Gardens is the first of these gardens and began site development of a 20,000 square foot church owned property on Finley Road to address those needs. The Bear Creek Community Church Garden did not wait for assistance to fund the construction phase of the garden and have received several in-kind donations of materials and small cash donations as well as love offerings from several area churches.

The Garden Ministry Vision is to provide raised beds for low-income individuals and families, establish a Veteran’s Garden for our returning military heroes who would benefit from the therapeutic recovery rehabilitation the gardening experience provides, an outdoor learning garden for our youth, and provide fresh garden vegetables for several Irving food pantries who provide a safety net for so many deserving families and others in Irving.

They rely on volunteers from the City of Irving and the Texas Master Gardener’s program for counsel and experience in assuring our gardeners are successful in their gardening efforts. They are asking you to become part of our mission here at Bear Creek and there are several ways you can become involved on a personal level or on a corporate level.

At present they are constructing approximately (40) 4×10 raised beds and (4)  4×12 Veteran’s handicap accessible raised beds. The Garden Ministry is constructing an on-site greenhouse, rainfall harvest shed and system, arbor and equipment shed.

Individual raised beds cost approximately $50 in materials to construct and approximately $100 in materials to construct Veteran’s handicap accessible raised beds. They provide each completed bed with the necessary soil, amendments and access to tools and water throughout the growing season.

A percentage of the vegetables grown are mandated to go to our Food Pantry Mission with Veteran family priority. You can donate to construct these individual beds or select an an area of the garden for development  you or your company would like to support. These include the naming of the Veteran’s Garden in honor of your donation: e.g. “The Gables Veteran’s Garden” at Irving Community Gardens, Bear Creek or “This Greenhouse was furnished by the Greater Irving Los Colinas Chamber of Commerce.

They will be making major donor signage acknowledging our contributing donors and a donor plaque wall. “Come Grow With Us 2013” is the Garden Theme and they are busy constructing these raised beds and site development in order to allow garden as early as mid February.

For more information about “Come Grow With Us 2013”, contact bccccommunitygarden@yahoo.com or 972.257.0206.

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