“God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand.”
Deuteronomy — 30:9
Welcome to Wesley's Community Garden!
Our garden is a living symbol of God's desire for all of us to come into balance with nature, and delight in God's abundance. Abundance means that we know that when we work in harmony with the earth and with God, there will be more than enough to meet every need. The abundance of God's grace and provision means that we are not in competition with our neighbors. We know that our flourishing depends on the flourishing of our neighbors. When one suffers, we all do. When one celebrates, we all do.
Anyone can garden here!
We are happy to welcome our two new Garden Leaders...
Donna is an immigrant whose passion for growing food was nurtured by her family, starting with her maternal grandparents who were subsistence farmers with a small mango orchard in the Philippines. She is a parent, a long-time and former Montessori educator, and a Charlottesville community organizer.
Recently, Donna helped to establish a permaculture farm in Fluvanna County that was part of a re-housing program for formerly incarcerated Women of Color. She helped to plan and install a hugelkultur garden as well as a bird coop where they raised chickens, guinea fowl, and ducks for eggs. She stayed on the farm for just one growing season, but in that time was able to grow enough food for herself and her partner, the women living on the farm with them, and several Black single-mother led households in Charlottesville.
She is currently working to establish a new community farm and food forest in Fluvanna County as well as a foraging group for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color-identified folks.
Chinkqua Joseph is a 38-year-old spiritual warrior that has purpose to help her fellow humans gain access to a more mindful, healthier lifestyle. She loves to garden and continues to educate herself about all things that deal with horticulture. Her hobbies are cooking, yoga, reading and karaoke. She hopes to make major changes while in this position as our Garden Leader.
You can watch our garden video tour.
At Wesley we believe following Jesus means moving boldly and swiftly toward ecological renewal. That’s why we have transformed our grounds into a living model of abundance. This year we installed vegetable gardens and the congregation and community are invited to plant what they want and come share the harvest.
Building our community vegetable garden, even during a pandemic, has been a lesson in abundance.
"I was inspired by a conversation with Maria about the daily farmers markets in Guatemala, where people buy food that is fresh that day and eat it immediately. It is so fresh, you can taste whether it rained or not that week." Rosie Snow