Grace Garden is located at BEAM’s offices and helps provide fresh produce for our food pantry clients.
BEAM is a 501 (C)-3 which has been operating in the beaches community for 30 years. Our mission to assist local families in times of financial crisis has been the impetus for the growth of our pantry facilities.
To supplement the fruits and vegetables offered in our pantries, four years ago we built BEAMs Grace Garden, a 6,000 sq. ft. production farm with forty-five 4’ X 12’ raised beds, 8 fruit trees, a fence full of raspberries on the north and blueberries on the south, and an herb and butterfly garden. We operate a 16’ x 24’ greenhouse where we start all of our plants from seed. In order to take advantage of all available growing space, we have added a Shitake mushroom farm in a shade enclosure on the side of our building. Always exploring new growing techniques and solutions to food production in low income urban settings, we have added aeroponic, vertical growing to our production capabilities. Utilizing our 12 vertical growing towers which require 10% of the water needed by conventional farming and growing in 2/3 the time, we can now offer our clients, nutrient dense, seasonal greens, year-round.
Operating almost exclusively with volunteers, The Grace Garden at BEAM provided more than 7,500 pounds of fresh produce and fruits to our pantry clients in the last year.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT GRACE GARDEN
BEAM’s Grace Garden is a great place to grow and learn! We have a master gardener in our garden every Wednesday and Friday, so come learn from the professionals. Even if you are a beginner gardener, but you have an interest, come learn with us and help us grow!
You can fill out a volunteer application here.
ADOPT A GARDEN BOX
BEAM’s Adopt A Garden Box program is the perfect gift for the gardener in your life. A $250 tax deductible donation will fund the purchase of seeds, seedlings, fertilizer, compost and soil for one of the (47) 4’ X 12’ planting boxes for an entire year. Your thoughtful gift will provide four seasons of organic produce for the BEAM food pantry and to neighbors in need in the beaches community. A plaque will be placed on the box in recognition of your gift.
Check out what is growing in our garden and what boxes are available for adoption.
For more information, please call Mary Ellen Waugh at 631-6062 or email to [email protected]
SEASONS OF GRACE GARDEN COOKBOOK
Seasons of Grace Garden cookbook includes recipes inspired by what is grown in BEAM’s Grace Garden and are organized by growing season. This cookbook is a great gift for anyone looking for recipes inspired by organic gardening.
All proceeds will go towards BEAM programs and will stay in our community. Buy one online today and pick it up at BEAM offices.