Two Ways to Serve in the Garden

There are now two (that is, 2!) different ways you and your group or family or self can serve at The Christ Church Garden –

Option 1) The traditional way – you either sign up by commenting on the fall schedule post or emailing me directly at . Then you show up when you want, do the work that the garden requires that week (I’ll let you know what) and then go to brunch or lunch or just about your merry way. This way of volunteering in the garden is fast, easy, fun and has proven very accommodating to several groups. Our garden is located at 1702 Woodland Avenue Austin, TX 78741.

But some of you have requested that there be more connection with the main Genesis Garden / Mobile Loaves and Fishes groups as well as connection with the homeless and formerly homeless we serve. For those that are looking for more, we give you –

Option 2)! First, just like option 1 you sign up with Christ Church Garden by either commenting on the fall schedule post or emailing me directly at . Then you –

  • Go to, scroll down until you see “Farm Development”.
  • You click “sign up” for your date and when the sign up page comes up, there is a comment box. In that box, put that you are coming from Christ Church Garden and what time you expect to arrive (They ask that you arrive prior to 9:30 am). Also, give them your cell so they can contact you if anything changes.
  • Their garden address is 5800 Johnny Morris Austin, TX  78724

So, after working at the Christ Church garden, you head over to the main Genesis Garden and work there. Awesome, huh? But wait, there’s more! After working at the main Genesis Garden, you gather for a community brunch provided onsite with the Genesis Garden team and other volunteers. You work, you serve, you break bread. Sounds Christ like, right? That’s because it is.

Check out our about page and the links located therein to learn more about CCG, MLF, GG and other combinations of capitalized letters.

Please comment or email with any questions.




A Couple of Options for Your Consideration

Two ideas that I would like you to cogitate upon –

First and most important – there are new ways to serve at Genesis Gardens (GG from now on in this post), which as all of you dedicated Christ Church Garden (CCG, I am a lazy typist) Blog readers know, is one of our two parents organizations.

Go to and see the opportunities.

This is how I see this working with our CCG efforts. Your group or family or self (whoever and however you decide to serve) comes to our CCG site and works there, the usual stuff – water, weed, fertilize and harvest (leaving the drip system on). Then, when done at CCG, head over to join Steven Hebbard at the main GG sites, of course, you had the good courtesy to sign up and let Steven know when you expect to be there, which he ask to be before 9:30 am

  • When you go to, scroll down until you see “Farm Development”.
  • You click “sign up” for your date and when the sign up page comes up, there is a comment box. In that box, put that you are coming from CCG and what time you expect to arrive. Give them your cell so they can contact you if anything changes.
  • The address is 5800 Johnny Morris Austin, TX  78724

Then after working there, you gather for a community brunch with the main GG team and other volunteers.(then go turn the drip system off at CCG. This will solve the issue that we frequently don’t water long or deep enough for our plants)

This will provide more contact with GG and other churches / groups in our community that are cool enough to work with GG. It will also solve one of the issues that I think prevents people from serving at CCG – the idea that it is kind of insulating service and it is hard to grasp that you are serving God and His people when you are just out digging in the dirt by yourself, even though YOU ARE. So this will bridge that gap – you’ll see what we are doing in the bigger picture and break bread with those you serve and serve with, which is very Christ like indeed.

So chew on that, would you!

Second and of less importance –

Earlier this week I joked about what a 78704 hipster cool guy our scarecrow would be if we had one, and the response has been overwhelming – the people want a hipster scarecrow! Skinny jeans, ironic t-shirt, fedora, horn rim glasses, vintage pumas. What fun we could have.

If you or your group has a creative bent, or has outgrown your hipster clothes (either emotionally or physically), please volunteer to build us a scarecrow. I’ll get the post and hay, you bring the cool.

Fall 2013 Gardening Schedule


August 31st – Christ Church Men pre-College Football Work party. Are you a man? Prove it. Come out and spread some compost.

September 14th – Friesen Small Group / Fall Planting Extravaganza

September 21st – Chilton / McAlister

September 28th – Foulkrod Family (also this year’s winner for coolest last name at Christ Church, beating McCool 30-29)

October 5th – Coelho Groupo

October 12th – Christ Church Youth Group! On Sunday the 13th.

October 19th – Chilton / McAlister

October 26th –

November 2nd –

November 9th –

November 16th – Chilton / McAlister

Fall Volunteer Schedule!

Please read the title in the voice of Oprah giving stuff away. Sounds more exciting, doesn’t it?

I tried really hard to embed some sort of calender in here and failed. OK, I googled how to do it, read one article, got confused and gave up. So here is the fall volunteer schedule in lame list form. I listed Saturdays, since that is the common work day, but you could sign up and work Sunday or anytime during the week not in school hours (City School doesn’t want a bunch of creepy people like you hanging around during school hours). Sign up first and get a free hug at the garden (or high five, if hugs are awkward for you) –

  • September 1st – Team Henry
  • September 8th – Matt and Ben and Taco More
  • September 15th – Denning / McAlister
  • September 22nd – Friesen Small Group not so triumphantly returns
  • September 29th – Coelho Small Group
  • October 6th – CC Youth Group triumphantly returns to the garden
  • October 13th – Teame Nehme
  • October 20th – Denning / McAlister
  • October 27th – Church retreat, no volunteers this week
  • November 3rd
  • November 10th – Coelho SG
  • November 17th – Denning/ McAlister
  • November 24th – Thanksgiving weekend and the annual A&M v Texas game! Oh, wait, they called that off due to pride and avarice. Who wants to garden?
  • December 1st – Kaufman et al
  • December 8th
  • December 15th – Perry Honor Society