After Aldersgate United Methodist Church relocated to its new property, then pastor Rev. Woody Weilage
communicated a vision for a community garden on the property in one of his Sunday morning messages in 2009. The idea was embraced by several church members, who formed a seed committee to further develop the concept. The committee soon learned that it shared objectives with Keep Carrollton Beautiful, and merged its efforts with this nonprofit group. The garden was built in the spring of 2010 and each year our harvest is larger than the previous year. As a community garden, we share half of our harvest with those in need in our community.
The Giving Garden
The Giving Garden, Carrollton’s first community garden, is proud to announce that we donated 2,235 lbs. of fresh, organic produce to Christian Community Action and Aldersgate UMC’s Food Share in 2016. That’s more than A WHOLE TON of organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs so that everyone in our community may enjoy good nutrition! Since our first harvest in 2010, we have donated more than 10,000 lbs.! A big “Thank You” to our gardeners, our many volunteers, and everyone who has helped to support the garden over the years!
For more information about the garden, visit: www.givinggardenofcarrollton.org
Statement of support from Carrollton's new mayor, Kevin Falconer:
April 22, 2017 - The Community Gardens of Carrollton are prime examples of the strength of our community and the caring nature of our residents. These gardens have become centers of community involvement, community support and community interaction. It’s difficult to find other perpetual projects or organizations that integrate so many groups and people while meeting so many needs. The Community Gardens are truly fulfilling their mission of engaging citizens to grow community, food and service. The facts speak for themselves: over 10,000 pounds of donated produce, Girl Scout and Boy Scout involvement, local high schools involvement, donations to Christian Community Action and Aldersgate UMC Food Share, family engagement and people working together and alongside one another for a common purpose. The gardens themselves are certainly impressive, but the passion of those who work together in the gardens is equally impressive. They have truly made these gardens special, and I’m proud that we have the Community Gardens in our great city of Carrollton and I’m excited to help sustain the gardens and foster other similar projects in our city.
(The Giving Garden in 2013)