Through the combined efforts of our guests, supporters and volunteers, we have established a chemical-free garden on the property of West Orange Church of Christ. In 2010, we tilled the ground on a small portion of land on the western edge of the church property, land freely donated to us.
We put in an irrigation system and planted – hoping for a harvest like any good farmer.
What has happened has blown us away: we have expanded the garden several times, providing consistent, meaningful work for many of our guests. One guest, a bipolar young man with schizophrenia who was found asleep in the street, recently said, “I liked working out there. It felt good.”
Volunteers also work alongside our guests, either for community service hours or because they want to give back. In fact church groups from all over the United States come to volunteer at Matthews Hope.
We have been able to sell our chemical free vegetables not only to members of our community (garden-side and at the Winter Garden Farmers Market), but also to four local restaurants in the Winter Garden area.
· a fruit orchard, including avocados, star fruit and papaya
· 400 blueberry plants
· a butterfly garden to help pollinate the plants
· and a vegetable garden that includes green beans, mustard greens, radishes, arugula and more.
We even have our own honey available for a suggested donation.
Members of the community may purchase our produce for a donation to Matthew’s Hope.
Place your order online by clicking here, following this link and completing the form. This link includes availability and suggested donation amounts.
We’re working right now to get a greenhouse onsite, with dreams of growing hydroponic vegetables.
“From the very beginning, the Harvest of Hope garden hasn’t been about growing vegetables. It’s about growing people. The appeal of Eden wasn’t the garden, it was the relationship we had with God, and this is a perfect place for volunteers and guests to work alongside one another and form relationships with each other and with God.”
If you come visit, notice the bricks along the pathway with engraved names on them. These are memorials for volunteers and guests who have passed away.
Life on the street is hard.
611 Business Park Blvd. #101
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: (407) 905-9500
Monday - Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9th Street Outreach Center
740 Ninth Street, east Winter Garden
Tuesdays 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Matthew's Hope Chest Workshop
611 Business Park Blvd.
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Matthew's Hope Firm Foundation Preschool
740 9th Street
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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