The rabbits have been a little rough on the garden at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, especially among the pepper plants.
Still, the tomato, melon, corn, bean, carrot and other plants are doing well. The three blueberry bushes have berries that will soon be ready for eating. Five bags of lettuce and bunches of scallions have already been given out at the church's food pantry.
But even more has sprouted as a result of the three plots of land in downtown Erie. The garden also has brought together people from inside and outside of the congregation and is serving as a source for inspiration and education, organizers said.
"It's a place to gather and get to know each other and learn," said the Rev. Evan Clendenin, curate at St. Paul.
What started as one small plot in 2011 has been expanded to three, and, today, the first of six free garden-related classes will be offered at the cathedral.
Clendenin said the garden has become a place for people in the congregation and in the community to gather, get to know one another and exchange their knowledge. He said participants talk about their own gardening experience and share wisdom they've gained from others.
"They give it as a gift," he said.
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