What began as a small idea by members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, PLNU professor of sustainability Dr. Harry Watkins, and students in Watkins’ “Sustainability in Action” class became a reality this month with the creation of the Westminster Community Garden (WCG). The 7,500 square foot garden includes 12 10×10 garden plots and 14 10×20 garden plots, each with its own riser/faucet. The garden will also include a storage building for shared community tools, two composters, and an area for tables and chairs for community events.
The mission of the Westminster Community Garden is to engage, inspire, and transform both individuals and the community across neighborhoods and generations while growing a sustainable garden. Those who began the garden envisioned the site as a place to educate individuals by providing classes, workshops, and information pertaining to community gardens and to provide a place of beauty and peace that can be nourishing for the body, mind, and soul. In addition to Westminster church members and PLNU students, faculty, and staff, those involved hope to reach out to local schools and businesses and the PLNU community. In addition, the Westminster Community Garden will dedicate part of their produce to provide food for neighbors just down the street and across the city – the group has committed to donating 20 percent of the food produced to be shared with Presbyterian Urban Ministries and/or food banks serving those struggling to afford food in San Diego.
Check out the garden for yourself during the Westminster Garden Launch event in mid-February. The garden is located on Cañon Street in the Point Loma neighborhood just north of the Westminster playground area.
Read more about the garden on SDNews.com.