The Big Garden

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has partnered with United Methodist Ministries in Omaha, NE to expand UMM’s Big Garden community gardening program into Kansas. The Big Garden is a collaborative community food initiative which partners with schools, nonprofits, and churches to facilitate community building and increased access to healthy foods through the act of gardening.

The Big Garden special grant opportunity is for Healthy Congregations churches interested in starting or expanding community gardens.

Interested congregations are invited to view the webinar recording on this page for more information and a brief Q&A session. If your church is not currently participating in the Healthy Congregations initiative, we encourage you to consider forming a team and signing up to gain eligibility for this opportunity.

To learn more, please view the webinar recording and/or slides. To begin the application process, please fill out the form below.

More Information

The Big Garden details

Grantees receive up to $2,700 for garden infrastructure, such as:
-raised beds
-garden shed
-water irrigation

Applications accepted year round
Spring deadline: April 1, 2023

Brittany Beyer,

May 2021 Big Garden / Giving Grove Webinar for Healthy Congregations
Webinar slides

The Big Garden Interest Form

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Our church is interested in the:
Churches participating in Healthy Congregations are eligible to apply for special opportunities including the Big Garden and the Giving Grove. Please click to indicate your interest in one or both opportunities.
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Please indicate your church’s current participation status in Healthy Congregations. We’ll follow up and guide you through the appropriate next steps.
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Please briefly describe why your church is interested in starting a community garden or orchard with the Big Garden / Giving Grove.
Please briefly describe how the garden or orchard would contribute to the mission of your church.
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