Helping Hands Community Garden - Magnolia TX
Helping Hands Community Garden in Magnolia is exactly what it says it is a "Community Garden". It is located at the West Montgomery County Community Development center off of Friendship Dr. in Magnolia. Helping Hands is a year round community garden. That is right year round. Being originally from the north it is amazing to me that you can garden year round but in Magnolia TX you can garden year round.
Helping Hands Garden offers garden beds for individuals, families, apartment dwellers, senior citizens, Scout groups; you get the idea anyone that wants a place to garden. They are even trying to meet the needs of those that have special needs by offering raised "special needs beds" so those that have physical limitations may garden also.
The garden is the brain child of Judy Rose. She lived in Nigeria for several years back in the 70's where she saw a lot of hunger. Helping Hands Garden is a solution to help hunger right here in the Northwest Houston area. The Garden started in March of 2000 at the Tomball Museum District. They were granted County land to garden on in the Fall of 2002.
Anyone who has an interest in gardening is welcome. You don't have to know how to garden there are master gardeners available to help you. They teach organic gardening principles because it is healthier for us and because everything that is done in the garden ends up downhill in the lake where wildlife gets its survival.
Community gardening policies include:
- Your garden beds must be maintained.
- Organic practices must be used.
- Your harvest must be picked as it ripens.
- When you are away Helping Hands Garden will harvest for you giving the food to the needy.
They are always looking for volunteers. Helping Hands is also a location where community service hours can be collected. The volunteers presently volunteer on Wednesday and Friday mornings Many of their volunteers garden as their schedules allow. If you have a personal garden plot you may garden at your own convenience but they ask that you keep it clean for others.
They have a wish list if you would like to help contribute. At the top of the list is of course volunteers but they could also use seeds, bagged pine straw, garden tools & gloves, organic ant killer, organic fertilizer, citrus trees and something everyone has a lot of your junk mail & papers for their recycle bin.
Helping Hands Garden is committed on many levels to "feed his sheep". Their mission is to nourish the Spirit as well as plant seeds in each other. Contact Judy Rose at Helping Hands Garden if you are interested in more information about the garden. Their prayer is that the garden will bless everyone who enters, always!