Our Garden of Eden

A Little Slice of Heaven

In late summer of 2014 a section of unused land in the corner of the River Bend Retirement Community was designated for use as a Community Garden.  The garden was planned and designed using Paul Gautsche's "Back to Eden" gardening method, a no-till method where wood chips are laid on top of compost and allowed to decompose all winter, preparing a rich soil beneath for spring planting.  Our Garden of Eden is all organic using no pesticides or chemicals.  We carefully selected non-GMO seeds from reliable seed companies and used heirloom varieties for all the vegetables.   A group of residents volunteered and have worked relentlessly throughout the winter to plan and implement the garden, which was made possible with donations from the residents and the community.  We wanted to create not only fresh produce, but provide a beautiful garden in which to enjoy the early morning or late afternoon days swinging under the arbor or just relaxing around the bird bath in the herb garden watching the butterflies.

The produce is made available to the residents at River Bend and The Villages, both retirement communities owned and operated by Lakeview Christian Home.  The Garden of Eden is now in full production with fresh heirloom tomatoes, squash, beans, okra, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, cabbage, onions, kale and beautiful fresh herbs.  The produce is gathered by a team of volunteers from the retirement community and delivered to the community center for pickup each week.  For those residents who are home-bound, another team delivers the fresh produce to their door weekly.  We are so proud of our garden and the joy it has brought to our residents.