Nestled in East Marion, at the corner of Clark and Baldwin, the Tabernacle Community Garden will celebrate the beginning of its second year this April. We are looking to expand the garden by offering raised beds for rent, a walking path, benches, picnic tables and a fire pit. These additions will create an atmosphere perfect for relationship building, while offering a place to take a walk, get some fresh air, and reconnect with nature. Our biggest feature will still be the large main garden focused solely on growing food for community donation. Neighbors worked together in 2018, and food grown in our garden was shared with local shut-ins, local food pantries and soup kitchens, the Marion FD, shelters, WIC, the Box of Love project, and many more.
The garden’s entrance is located on Clark St. Tabernacle Community Garden is open from Sunrise until Sunset. During the growing season, neighbors and community members are invited and encouraged to work in the garden, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. Workers may share in the bountiful harvest, but most of the food grown in the main garden is shared with the needy in our community. The Tabernacle Community Garden is helping to fight food insecurity in Marion. This was the original idea for the garden, but it became much more. The TCG has created a sense of community. Neighbors are working together, getting to know one another, caring for each other, building relationships and creating a more unified community. Volunteering in the garden will help us continue this dream of fighting food insecurity in Marion. No one should go to bed hungry! To volunteer or for more information, please contact Niki Palmer, Garden Coordinator. Nikipalmer01@gmail.com.