|First Presbyterian Garden at a Glance|
|Garden Type:||Neighborhood Garden|
|Host Organization:||Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Community Garden Program|
|Number of Plots:||21|
|Languages:||English and Spanish|
|Structures:||21 raised beds built with cinder blocks and a three bay compost corral, posts with hose holders and hoses.|
|Amenities:||Nearby church with meeting space, sink, kitchen and a bathroom|
The First Presbyterian Community Garden and Orchard, 310 SW 3rd St., was launched when the Pastor of First Presbyterian encouraged the congregation to develop new and innovative efforts to give back to the local community. Various committees were formed, including a Community Garden Committee, which approached the city of Grand Prairie after learning about the Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Program. Together they worked to construct a 21-bed Community Garden out of cinder blocks in November 2010.
The beds are 4 feet wide by 12 feet long and were constructed with the help of an Eagle Scout candidate and students from the South Grand Prairie High School JROTC Program. The beds are filled with soil that is made from 70% leaf compost, 20% expanded shale and 10% play sand. The gardeners practice organic gardening methods and have monthly support meetings. A percentage of the produce will be donated to local food banks.
The garden includes a three-bay compost corral, which was also built by an Eagle Scout, and posts with hose holders and hoses. The garden is also located near a church with a meeting space, sink, kitchen and bathroom.
The garden currently has beds available for adoption. Adoption is free and lasts six months at a time.
Future improvements will include fruit trees, berry patches, and perennial flower beds to attract butterflies and other pollinators.