Harvest House Community Center
It all started when…
The Harvest House Community Center at St. Peter's is a new ministry for the Lebanon and Greater Boone County Area. Its purpose is to teach people how to PLANT gardens, PREPARE the food from the gardens for use in our meals, and PRESERVE the food for use later through a variety of food preservation techniques.
The Harvest House Community Center (HHCC) was made possible by a matching grant from the Indiana Center for Congregations, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, and over $14,000 in contributions from the members of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
HHCC is led by Chuck and Sandy Dailey, members of St. Peter's, and Holly Catron and Valerie Jasper, members of the Boone County Master Gardeners. In February 2018, Sandy and Valerie travelled to Texas A&M University and became certified to teach the Junior Master Gardeners Curriculum (JMG) which is the model on which HHCC is based.
Cohorts of youth from the community will be invited to participate in the program during the Summer of 2018. Harvest House is part of the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club summer program offerings. Each week the youth will spend 90 minutes (more or less) involved in an activity based off the JMG curriculum. In this program basics of gardening, need for pollinators, and basic canning and food preparation techniques will be taught in the 800 square foot teaching kitchen at HHCC. Food grown will be used by the youth and donated to the Food Pantry at St. Joseph Catholic Church, The Caring Center, and other food pantries in Boone County.
To learn more about HHCC and the Youth program, please contact us below.
Why Harvest House?
After conducting neighborhood interviews, meeting with community leaders, we discovered drugs are a big problem in Lebanon and Boone County. However, we do not possess the skill set or size of congregation to tackle that issue. However, we did hear the issue of food insecurity amongst many in our communities and we knew this was something we could tackle. St. Peter's Episcopal Church sits on nearly 8 acres of land at the corner of E. Washington and John Bart Road in Lebanon.
St. Peter's campus is the perfect location for the teaching of "Care for Creation" principles. We feature 2- 100x25' gardens for corn and beans, and 4-50x25' gardens for variety of other crops (many of which are grown by members of the community in plots they rent). We have three raised beds for strawberries, blueberries, and perennial flowers pollinated by our bees. Additional garden spaces are anticipated in the future.
Our apiary, located in the NW corner of the grounds, houses up to 10 hives of bees that pollinate our gardens and the gardens of many of our neighbors. Each year, around Labor Day, we harvest honey and make it available for donations to our Gardens and Apiary program. Learn more by clicking on "Bees" at the top of this page.
A labyrinth on the east side of the grounds, and walking paths in the meadow along the swail on the north side of the property complement the many dimensions of wellness (healthy eating, exercise, meditation, spiritual) that we tend to at St. Peter's. In summer of 2018, a fire ring will be installed by a Boy Scout completing his Eagle Rank Service Project.
St. Peter's campus has also been the focus of Purdue University and its Landscape Architecture program students. In 2016 and 2017, students developed Master Plans and Planting Plans for our property that we hope to incorporate in the next five to seven years. We recently presented at a conference about the educational benefits to the students and benefits to the church from this partnership.
The Harvest House Community Center at St. Peter's is a 800 square foot facility that features movable tables and seating for 24 people. A drop down screen and projector are also available. The facility is able to used for meeting space for community meetings, bridal showers, baby showers, and other events. To inquire about our Building Use policy and reserve space, please contact us using the form below.