Our Mission Statement To be a vibrant gardening community committed to sustainable horticulture and beauty.
Our Purpose Statement Our purpose is fourfold:
To produce food for use by community garden participants and local non-profit organizations.
To function as an educational demonstration plot for the community.
To enhance the attractiveness of the local community
To create a landscape for the enjoyment of gardeners and local residents.
To provide a place of harmony with the natural and spiritual world.
Our Objectives Our objective is to establish a community garden along with a prayer labyrinth and beautification of the sloped areas on the north, east and south slopes for the use, benefit, enjoyment and educational opportunities of all in the community.
History of the Garden What started as a proposal to establish a community garden on the church property under the “BC Hydro Power Lines” in November of 2009 has now grown to involve over 50 garden plots, shed, comprehensive plan for the two acre site including gathering structures, a labyrinth, fruit and nut trees and memorial benches. Highland Community Church (HCC) elders, board of management and faith community believed the garden would support “core values” of HCC and gave their approval in spite of valid concerns that necessary elements such as water and soil were not in place and vandalism was a common occurrence.
Initially it was proposed that a core group of gardeners begin with 6 or 8 plots. During this “demonstration” year the venture would be reviewed and upon completion of a successful season would be open to offering plots to other interested gardeners.
This was a wise decision and allowed for the needed soil and water line connection to be put in place. The garden enjoyed donations from the Abbotsford business community and by the season’s end it became clear that the venture had the potential to “grow”. We did not anticipate the growth that it would enjoy and what began as humble beginnings took a new commitment to leadership, policy development and management.
Gardening is a sacred work and honors the faith that we hold; that the seed when blessed with sun, water and that we have nurtured will grow and share its bounty with us. For information on becoming a gardener, email email@example.com or call the church at 604-853-7052. With only a limited number of plots available, there is currently a wait list to reserve plots. We encourage you to send us an email or give us a call and we’ll make sure we get you a plot as soon as possible!
We gather Sundays at 10:00 am:
HIGHLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH 3130 McMillan Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 6A8 T: 604-853-7052