The community Garden Corner by Katey Rudd

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Our Chickens Arrived!

Spring has sprung full of all sorts of new life. The newest little lives at Haw Creek Commons are four adorable chicks, soon to be joined by four more adorable chicks for a total of eight ladies (two Rhode Island Reds, two Cinnamon, four Barred Rock).

We decided having chickens made sense on several levels: they lay eggs we can use for food; they produce manure we can use for our garden; we can feed them our compost to reduce our overall waste; they can eat the “bad bugs” from our garden to improve crop health; they are a cute, wonderful way to teach kids and families about caring for the earth and systems.

To fund our chicken palace, we obtained a grant from Partners in Health and Wholeness, a program of the North Carolina Council of Churches. Bethesda United Methodist has also now been designated as a Health and Wholeness site through this  chicken raising program, which is pretty forward thinking creation care if you ask me.

If you’re interested in joining the Chicken Care Team please email

The garden is almost in full swing! We will finish spring planting this week and get into maintenance mode. This week we planted beets, okra, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, onions, snap peas, beans, borage, nasturtiums, broccoli, swiss chard, spinach, carrots, lettuce, and all sorts of herbs with the help of much appreciated volunteers.

If you’d like to help in our garden, please come out Tuesdays from 3–5pm or contact if that date/time doesn’t work with your schedule and you’d like to contribute and reap the harvest another day.

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