Edinburg First United Methodist Church
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Sustainable Agriculture Community Garden
Hub of Prosperity Farm
In 2016, UTRGV Department of Agro-ecology and Edinburg First UMC entered into a partnership to transform an unused church lot into vegetable gardens. These gardens will be used for instructing agriculture classes and for growing a community garden. In summer of 2019, work preparing the land for planting began. 2020 produced our first crops, which were either sold in our farmers' market or donated to food pantry clients.
The crops are starting to slow down as summer heats up, and our first full season of farming at the Hub is winding down. We've made so much progress this year thanks to your support and prayers:
We've established irrigation for 12 plots, each 1/10 of an acre in size, that will be cover cropped for weed suppression and soil nutrition over the summer to prepare for food production again starting in late August.
Several student research projects on native cover crops, soil microbial communities, and weed suppression will also continue through the summer.
This month's big news on the farm is that Jacob will be constructing a 20 raised-bed community garden as his Eagle Scout project. These beds will be available to church and community members for growing produce starting this spring. Materials and guidance will be provided by the Farm Team. Keep an eye out for an announcement about an informational session after construction is complete. In the meantime, Saturday morning roadside markets continue from 9-11 am on Mon Mack Rd. There's plenty of room to socially distance and lots of projects to help prepare for our second growing season. I'm always happy to answer any questions at email@example.com or 361-649-8450.
University Campus Ministries
The United Methodist Campus Ministry of the Rio Grande Valley (UMCMRGV) serves as an ecumenical Christ-centered organization serving students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and South Texas College (STC). The ministry is an active participant in social issues through education, actions, and service projects. As a Christian organization, our goal to provide guidance to all people by helping them grow spiritually and by serving as an organization that encourages fellowship and support. The ministry will strive to create an environment which enables students’ growth and development and encourages educational persistence and academic achievement, assisting students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their personal abilities and vocational goals.
Project Transformation Rio Texas
Our mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.
Project Transformation’s collaborative model of ministry harnesses the creative energy and leadership of college age young adults, who live in intentional Christian community, and lead summer and after-school programs for children in various underserved neighborhoods. Each week, interns meet with church and nonprofit leaders to explore various ministry-related vocations and spend time discerning their vocational call to life-long service. The programs are held at United Methodist churches located in the heart of low-income neighborhoods, thereby helping those churches connect in meaningful ways with their communities. Dozens of other churches and organizations throughout southwest Texas partner together to support this work, investing in young lives with their time and resources.