Poor Soil Becomes Thriving Garden at Eighth Street Mennonite Church

We didnʼt know if the ground would produce anything” reflects Leonard Wiebe about an empty plot of land that used to sit next to 8th Street Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. “It surprised us.
Two years ago, Wiebeʼs teenage grandson Ben had a vision to start a community garden on the churchʼs front lawn. This grandfather-grandson duo became co-chairs on the church garden committee, along with two other members: Delores Bartel and Rachel Eisenhouer. Together, these four donated their time, money, and energy to transform a 20x30 plot of poor soil into a thriving garden producing over 600 pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries.