Mission Garden

St. John’s has developed a large mission garden to provide vegetables to low-income families in Edwardsville and other communities in the Metro East. In addition to providing a more balanced diet, it has introduced and educated these families about the benefits of fresh vegetables. Since 2012, over 15,000 pounds of vegetables a year have been grown and distributed through three local food pantries and weekly church free lunches. Over 5,000 families have benefited from this program, while supplementing their diet with fresh squash, cucumbers, peppers, onions, eggplant, tomatoes, kale and collards.

The garden has been funded entirely with donations and grants from churches and other charitable organizations. It has been blessed with all volunteer workers. This team of volunteers does all of the planting, mulching, weeding, and watering of the vegetables. They welcome anyone who loves gardening, the outdoors and has a desire to help others.

When We Meet

Most of the time the Mission Garden group works on their own schedules in the garden from April through October. There are a few planning meetings that are scheduled, as needed.