Community Garden

Seasonal Ministry

There are more than beans and tomatoes growing in this garden — much more. The Community Garden at Basic UMC is where relationships are nurtured and friendships grown, where neighbors gather to pick fresh vegetables to be served to their families, and where friends harvest produce to be used in preparing the weekly community meal.

Working together with a handful of local businesses and garden centers, we are  countering hunger and making sure our neighbors have access to fresh in-season vegetables. Our small garden doubled in size in 2015, and thanks to a grant from the United Methodist Foundation of the Virginia Conference UMC, we have completed a major expansion in 2016.

Come. Get your hands dirty. Plant in the garden. Play with your children. Pray with a neighbor. Harvest some fresh produce for your family or ours. And watch as your relationships with neighbor and God blossom.

Want to support the Community Garden? There are many ways you can help:

  • Make a financial contribution. Send your check to Basic UMC, PO Box 2447, Waynesboro VA 22980. Make sure it is marked “Community Garden” in the memo field. We will acknowledge your gift with a receipt, which may be turned in for a tax deduction (please see a certified accountant or tax professional). Coming soon: digital donation capability.

  • Volunteer to work in the garden. We need folks to help prepare the garden, plant vegetables, and pull weeds, build garden beds and amend soil. We also need skilled landscape professionals to help us expand the garden. If you dig getting your hands dirty, this may be the perfect outlet for you. Email Jennifer Strother at to volunteer.

  • Donate plants, soil, and garden supplies. Our garden doesn’t grow well without soil that has been properly amended, plants to gentle nestle in the soil, or supplies with which to work the soil. In addition, we need landscape timbers and other supplies with which we will build new beds. If you’re willing to buy a few extra plants or supplies when you’re preparing your own garden, we’d gladly put them to good use. Email Jennifer Strother at for information.