Community Gardens Set Another Record

Posted by: Mark Woolverton Posted Date: 01/08/2013

While a frigid rain is swirling outside, churning the remnants of last year’s foliage and long, shriveled blades of ornamental grasses, GRACE Community Garden volunteers are planning for the long, warm days of spring and another record-setting planting season.

Shortly before the first of the year, Community Garden Volunteer of the Year Becca Clarke announced the produce grown in the Community Gardens last year totaled 2,488.3 pounds, topping the 2011 record of 1,600 lbs.

No sooner has the dust settled from her announcement, the Planting and Tending schedule for 2013 was released, including a Clean Up and Preparation day on December 29.

Early spring planting is scheduled for Saturday, February 2. Volunteers will plant carrots, onions, potatoes, cabbage and broccoli, and start on the herb garden with rosemary, cilantro, parsley and oregano.

The GRACE Community Garden has expanded to include 20 raised beds—ten at the GRACE Pantry, 837 East Walnut, Grapevine; and ten at the First United Methodist Church Heritage Campus site, 4344 Heritage Avenue, Grapevine.

Come help us grow! All gardeners, novices to experts are needed to help. The first chance will be tilling and fertilizing on Saturday, January 26, 12 p.m. Call Alison Shumaker at 817-907-6617 or email her at

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