The Emmanuel Community Garden (ECG), a ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church, seeks to provide an opportunity for those who need or want to grow some of their own food, and also to provide food - free in Jesus name - to those who may not otherwise be able to afford wholesome, fresh produce. To that end, excess produce is intentionally grown to be shared - in various venues - to bless the community. Those venues include, Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC), the Greene County Housing Program, the Xenia Family Violence Prevention Center, the Xenia Walter Sellers apartment complex, and numerous friends, neighbors, and family members of the ECG participants. Participants care for and harvest produce from group plots. The EGC seeks to minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides to ensure healthful produce. In addition to providing for the needs of our own families and blessing the community with high quality produce, the ECG seeks to impart gardening knowledge and skills to our members, facilitate friendship, fellowship, and encouragement among our participants, and provide opportunities for outreach and evangelism by and through the efforts of our members. The ECG grows a wide range of annual fruits & vegetables. There are also plantings of perennial cane, bush, vine, and tree fruits, including asparagus, rhubarb, blackberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, apples, cherries, peaches, pears, and plums. Participants share in the care and production of all of these. With no shortage of space for growth, the ECG seeks to expand as the number, interests, and energy of our participants allows.
Read the complete purpose, vision and guidelines for the ECG by downloading the file below. The 2015 annual report is also available for download.
Produce from the Emmanuel Community Garden provided to the Red Cross (now Greene County) Housing Program, the Xenia Family Violence Prevention Center, Emmanuel Baptist Church, and the residents of the Walter Sellers (senior and disability) Apartments: