Local church receives garden grant

By: Staff Report
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Sierra Christian Church  recently received a grant for their community garden from the South Sacramento County Fresh Food Access Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.  
The $1,000 award will be used to add garden plots to those currently planted by volunteers for beneficiaries of the Placer Food Bank.
The garden currently consists of 25 individual plots, four of which are reserved for Placer Food Bank. Of the other garden plots, two are planted by Loomis Head Start for meals at the school and  15 plots are subscribed by members of the community for personal family consumption.  
There is a small annual fee for use of the garden plots.  Last year, volunteer efforts resulted in 200 pounds of fresh produce being donated to the Food Bank.
The community garden is an element of the Sierra Christian Church Holy Ground Project that also encompasses a meditation garden and labyrinth that are open to the public.
Gardeners who wish to use a plot sign an annual use contract in spring.  The gardening year begins April 15.
 Volunteers are welcome to participate in constructing and laying irrigation line for the new garden plots.
When completed and planted, the additional plots will double the amount of planting space allocated for Placer Food Bank.  
Sierra Christian Church is located at 5645 Rocklin Road. Visitors are welcome to visit the church campus anytime.
For information about volunteer opportunities or for reserving a personal garden plot contact Suzanne Awalt, at 716-6825.  The church Web site is www.sierra