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Oh, The Places You'll Grow: Garden Anniversary
Maria's Story
Noteworthy Mission Updates/Immediate Needs
OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GROW!
Our Mission Garden Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary!
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garden beginnings
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container garden
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garden seeds
“Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes
without a dream.” 
--Debby Boone

We’re celebrating an anniversary—the mission garden is ONE year old! And my how it’s grown in just in this short time span! Here’s a brief timeline for its growth:
July 2017 – Misión Peniel garden vision shared with Cultivate Abundance ;
August 2017 – July 2018 – Feasibility studies, visioning with community members, organizational meetings with Cultivate Abundance, grant writing, container gardening with church and community volunteers, partial grounds clearing for temporary fence installation;
August 2018 – GROUNDS CLEAN UP, GROUND “BREAKING” and GARDEN BED BUILDING!
September 2018 – First crops planted: pigeon pea, chipilín, papaya seedlings, sweet potato, fruit trees (mango, sugar apple, starfruit, Barbados cherry, banana, plantain and avocado);
October 2018 – Additional garden beds and containers planted: okra, jalapeños, eggplant and leafy vegetables;
November 2018 – March 2019 -- Ongoing harvests by community women (cowpea, okra, eggplant, leafy vegetables, cilantro, chipilín) and additional harvests that were distributed to the farmworker community on Fridays;
February 2019 – Long-awaited permanent garden fence installed!
March 2019 – Pergola installed with passion fruit vines added to its columns; 
April 2019 – The switch from cold to warm season crops which include: cassava, malanga, experimental rows of Guatemalan corn, chayote and additional sweet potato, cowpea, okra, eggplant, jalapeños, leafy greens and cilantro. 
August – Present 2019 -- In just one short but productive year, the Misión Peniel Garden, with the help of 400 volunteer hours from individuals, churches, other non-profits, high schools, university groups, dedicated community members, the partnership of Cultivate Abundance and ongoing prayers, has yielded over 600 pounds of produce, providing over 3,000 servings at a value of $1,500! 

We thank God for the sustaining efforts of partnership with this flourishing mission garden and the ways in which those efforts bless our farmworker community with nutritious food each week! Many hands and hearts have come together to transform a vision into ministry! 

Please visit our garden the next time you are at the mission!


Maria's Story
Bridge Building Through Relationship Building
Noteworthy Mission Updates
Critical Needs
 Children’s Diapers, sizes 3,4,5 and 6 only (we have plenty of 1,2 at this time) and Men’s Work Clothing (small, medium and large shirts and pants in good condition). 

Friday Volunteers Needed
...to help serve on Friday, September 13, 2-6:30 p.m. (we are in need of 7 more volunteers to join another church group that day). Please contact us immediately if you can help!

Christmas Angel Tree Sign Up Open
We are beginning to register churches interested in participating in this year’s “Angel Tree” for Christmas. Last year we had five churches participating by designating how many gift tags (each representing one child’s needs) they would be willing to receive and then return to the mission with the noted gifts. We will be registering families in October with children, newborn -12 years old for a new clothing outfit and distribute them on December 20. We have chosen to distribute new clothing as there are multiple community organizations distributing toys for children. 
Contact us for additional information and questions:  misionpenielpeaceriver@gmail.com 
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Immokalee, FL 34142