Garden Project

Garden News!

She has 10 thumbs and they’re all green. That would be Yvette Shelton, keeper of St. Andrew’s garden. Look what Yvette, Carol Harris, and Bruce Jones harvested in early February. (Betsy Landaker gets kudos for delivering coffee grounds from the kitchen to the compost heap.)


Starting at lower right with the carrots (which everyone should recognize) and moving counterclockwise you’ll see broccoli, red Russian kale, cilantro, Romaine lettuce, and sugar snaps.

The garden workers have a need for some special helpers on Friday, March 4th, in the afternoon. The Sustainable Food Center has twice yearly “Resource Give-Away Days”. The SFC gives away compost and plants. All of the vegetables you see above were grown from plants obtained from the last Resource Give-Away.

This task needs volunteers who are patient – to wait in a long line; strong – to shovel compost into 5-gallon buckets and load them into a pickup truck; and not fearful of people – to mingle with large crowds of gardeners at this event. Ideally, a volunteer would also own a pickup truck to help bring the compost and plants back to St. Andrew’s.

If you can spare a few hours to help Yvette, Carol, and Bruce get supplies for St. Andrew’s garden, please contact Yvette at . The volunteers will meet at St. Andrew’s at 1pm on March 4th to travel to the Baha’i Center at 2215 E. M. Franklin Ave, 78723.



The St Andrew’s garden is growing! Any food that is prepared is given to homeless coming for showers that evening.

“Winter gardens are a lot more fun than summer gardens” says Yvette Shelton, caretaker for St. Andrew’s garden. “The weather is cooler, and the bugs are fewer.”

The St. Andrew’s garden is large and takes a lot of work. Yvette would love help caring for it. The garden supplies fresh produce for the COME/food pantry. She expects to plant lettuce, carrots, and broccoli in the fall/winter garden.

So what might one do if you’re interested in helping? First, be prepared for the beauty of Mother Nature, but bring supplies to make it easier to work with her!  Gloves, garden tools, sturdy shoes or boots are helpful. Yvette can be at the garden between 7:15 and 8:00pm on Tuesday evenings to get you started. You may find yourself weeding, one of the never ending gardening chores. Or applying mulch. Or helping keep the walkways clear from the Bermuda grass which likes to invade the garden areas. Or maybe even planting some seeds and seedlings.

If you’d like to help in a different way, and you have a truck, Yvette would appreciate someone to get a cubic yard of mulch from Whittlesey and bring it to the garden. There is money in the garden fund to pay for it. THEN, if someone can coordinate high school students/volunteers to be at the garden with shovels to unload it, Yvette says we could make the garden trails look super nice and have a much easier time getting rid of Bermuda grass. Yvette thinks this project should be in October, when it’s cooler.

Of course the most fun will be harvesting once the garden is producing. The COME/pantry clients really appreciate fresh produce.

The Sustainable Food Center could be a source of compost, mulch, seeds, and seedlings, if you don’t mind doing all the paperwork. You wouldn’t get your hands dirty and you would be helping the garden.

Yvette may be reached at