Gleaners' Garden


"When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God."  Leviticus 23:22 (NIV)

 

A "gleaner" is someone who picks-up grain and produce left behind by the harvester.  In ancient times, because the poor did not own the lands under cultivation, gleaning was the principal means of their survival.  True to its name, the gardeners of the Gleaners' Garden at Highpoint Episcopal Church ("HECC") set aside a portion of their harvest (approximately 10%) and donate it to an area food bank for distribution to the poor and needy.  Indeed, HECC is pleased to support this life-sustaining ministry by donating the use of the grounds comprising the Gleaners' Garden.


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The Gleaners' Garden is an all organic garden, consisting of 15 separate plots, located on Church grounds along High Point Road.  The gardeners grow a wide variety of vegetables and flowers in the garden.  Constructed in 2012 as an eagle scout project by Eagle Scout Tanner Rose of Boy Scout Troop 370, the garden area is enjoyed by our gardeners and admired by passing motorists.  Robin Hickey, herself an avid gardener, supervises the smooth operation of the garden each year.  Rental time runs from the beginning of March to the end of February; people who want to reserve and use a garden plot should contact Robin in February. Typically, she receives more requests for a garden plot than she has plots available for use.    


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The garden's sturdy, black chain link fence was donated by Colonial Pipeline Company that same year.   In addition, Colonial Pipeline has donated assorted vegetables and soil amendments. Other improvements have been made by the gardeners and others over the years to make this an attractive yet highly functional area of the spacious grounds of Highpoint Episcopal Community Church ("HECC"). 


In April, 2017, the Rev. Ruth Pattison provided a blessing for the gardeners -- a first for HECC.  Following the garden blessing, all gardeners were invited to attend a community supper in the Church's facilities and join with the regular members of the Monday Supper Group -- another first for HECC.  The garden blessing, celebration and supper were popular hits and will be repeated in future years.  


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If you'd like to sign-up for a garden plot or have questions regarding the Gleaners' Garden, please contact Robin Hickey via her email at: hickeys5040@bellsouth.net.  

 

 


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