New produce garden partnership with New Life Presbyterian Church

When Nancy Marchetto, a member of New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, read the article about Dangerous Man and Surly breweries’ community gardens in the Northern Gardener magazine, she got an idea – start a produce garden partnership with The Sheridan Story.

New Life Presbyterian Church currently has a community garden with 30 plots. Two of these plots are used to provide food to the local food shelf. Two other plots are pollinator gardens. The rest are rented to church members, immigrants, and refugees. They decided to increase their garden by 450 sq. ft. to include a plot dedicated to The Sheridan Story and provide more fresh food to the community.

The pictures below show the process of getting the church’s garden dedicated to The Sheridan Story ready for its first harvest.

New Life Presbyterian Church garden partnership - tilling the garden

Tilling the garden

New Life Presbyterian Church garden partnership - planting the produce

Planting the produce

New Life Presbyterian Church garden partnership - garden in progress

The garden in progress

New Life Presbyterian Church joins Dangerous Man and Surly breweries in donating produce from their gardens to us this year. This will help us provide more fresh foods to children and families this summer. All the produce collected through these partnerships will be distributed weekly to local families beginning July 8th, 2020.

In addition to this new partnership, The Sheridan Story has also started it’s very own produce garden as part of the Grow & Give initiative. Located right at our facility in Roseville, we’ve converted 4,000 sq. ft of county land to grow acorn squash, cabbage, carrots, chard, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, kale, lettuce, melon, peppers, potatoes, radishes, tomatoes, yellow squash, and zucchini. This significantly expands the amount of produce we are able to provide to children and families, especially during the continued disruptions and effects caused by COVID-19.