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Emmanuel United Methodist Church’s Community Garden At Behnke Nurseries


A few years ago, Behnke’s president, Alfred Millard, and the Emmanuel United Methodist Church came up with the idea of a community garden to help with their Food Bank. They do a monthly food distribution at EUMC church in Beltsville. They add the fresh produce to the canned, dried and frozen goods that they hand out.

This year, Eddy Ruano, after a long cold wet Spring, did the planting for the church and has been taking care of it. Now that the crops are starting to produce, the church volunteers will be out to harvest the radishes and zucchinis this week. Eddy told me that they also have a fine crop of mixed varieties of tomatoes and peppers along with onions.

Posted By: Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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