|Russ Glen Community Garden at a Glance|
|Garden Type:||Neighborhood Garden|
|Host Organization:||First United Methodist Church in partnership with Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful|
|Number of Plots:||9|
|Languages:||English and Spanish|
|Amenities:||Water, garden prep tables, compost area|
The Russ Glen Community Garden was launched by the First United Methodist Church in the spring of 2009. It includes 8 raised beds, four with vertical growing elements, a row garden area, the beginnings of a small orchard, perennial and annual plantings to attract pollinators, a shed, a very active compost area and a wonderful shady area for fellowship.
The garden is named after Russ Glen, a church member who mowed the vacant lot next to the church for more than 20 years. His unselfish efforts to care for what could have been a community eyesore helped to motivate others to care for the lot. There are no fees to garden at the Russ Glen Community Garden. We "group grow," which means we share in the labor in all the growing areas rather than tending individual plots. The fruits and vegetables grown are donated to local food banks and seniors who reside in a nearby apartment complex.
The Russ Glen gardeners meet monthly for pot luck garden support meetings and organize community outreach events, such as our July 4th 2011 block party that are designed to bring garden neighbors together for fun, food and fellowship. The garden participates in the City of Grand Prairie's Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Community Garden Program, which supports the garden by providing training, infrastructure materials such as the shed, garden tools and water.