We are excited about the launch of UUCC’s new nourishing garden, located by the Owen Brown Interfaith Center’s upper parking lot. Perhaps you’ve seen it!
What is a nourishing garden?
“Nourishing gardens transform lawns in and around Howard County into ecologically beneficial growing spaces. We take lawns of homes, businesses, community organizations, and schools and transform them into gardens that nourish people, our community, and nature.”
— Community Ecology Institute
Nourishing garden background
This fall, UUCC’s Climate Crisis Team, in collaboration with the Cradlerock Children’s Center and the Community Ecology Institute, designed and built an expansion to our Owen Brown Interfaith Center’s existing playground, creating playground space for Cradlerock’s youngest students who are too small for the existing equipment and a bit unsure on their feet.
And… we also built a nourishing garden! 🌱
Students at Cradlerock can now help grow vegetables 🥕, as well as flowers 🌼, to attract insect pollinators. 🐝
The Director of Cradlerock has wanted a place where students can get their hands dirty and watch food grow. The produce will be eaten by students, with the surplus given to our Free Little Pantry produce bin (pictured below).
How was the garden paid for?
Community Ecology Institute, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, operates Freetown Farm on Harriet Tubman Lane. One of their goals is to install little nourishing gardens throughout Columbia in neighborhoods where growing space is limited.
CEI received a grant to provide and install plants, raised beds, soil, and mulch for the nourishing garden here our Owen Brown Interfaith Center.
They generously provided all of this . . . but not the fence. UUCC is responsible for covering this cost.
How much does the fence cost?
The total cost of the fence is $3,600 and UUCC’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget cannot cover this expense. Can you make a donation? The fence will be paid for if 36 families donate $100 each, or 72 families donate $50 each.
How to donate
If you would like to make a donation toward the fence, you can contribute online, on the Realm giving page. Select “donation” from the fund drop-down menu and leave the note “nourishing garden fence” in the memo. Checks can also be made to UUCC with “nourishing garden fence” in the memo, or you invited to donate by stopping by the Green Table in Sanctuary B following Sunday services in January.
Donations will be gratefully received through Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Donations made by Saturday, December 31, 2022 have the added bonus of being counted as a tax deduction.
Thank you for your support!