In the spring of 2019, Duane Brekke, who has a farm north of Velva, donated raised garden beds on his farm to The Lord's Cupboard Food Pantry so that a Pantry Garden could be developed. Cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, and squash are some of the vegetables grown in the raised garden beds! Duane's neighbors, Alex & Robert Kasowski, donated potatoes from their fields. In the first year, over 9,000 pounds of vegetables from the two gardens was distributed at The Lord's Cupboard Food Pantry. Additional raised beds were added in the spring of 2020 and production increased to over 13,000 pounds of vegetables from the two gardens. In addition, 12,000 pounds of vegetables were donated by 20 gardeners in the Minot area.
2021, in spite of the heat and dry conditions, The Lord’s Cupboard Community Garden produce abundantly:
Pantry Garden - 6,943 Pounds
Kasowski Potatoes - 8,492 Pounds
Minot Area Gardeners - 4,340 Pounds
Volunteer gardeners sign up (via Signup Genius-http://bit.ly/pantrygardenminot )and tend the garden two mornings each week (Tues & Thu 8:30-11:30 AM) from June-September, taking care of the planting, weeding and harvesting. Many individuals, church groups, as well as businesses participate as volunteer gardeners. Everyone in the Minot community and surrounding area is welcome to volunteer for gardening. It is with the help of these volunteers that The Lord's Cupboard Food Pantry Garden can be successful. We give thanks for all the volunteers who shared their willing spirits and hands to make the garden successful and provide for those in our community who need our help!