The Bob and Muriel Williams NAM Community Garden provides fresh, organically-grown produce for the Joan Watford Nutrition Center (a choice food pantry) at Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM).

In 2014, the garden produced 2531 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruit for clients at NAM.

The NAM Garden also serves as a demonstration garden for Spring and the surrounding community. Through membership and association with Houston’s Urban Harvest, the NAM Garden reaches community members and schools wishing to learn sustainable, environmentally-friendly growing methods for implementation in home gardens and school gardens. Individuals and groups are welcome to visit for instruction and hands-on experience.

The NAM Garden usually has volunteers on Thursday mornings and two Saturday mornings per month. If you want to volunteer, contact Judy Walden to make sure someone will be there to show you around. Email jwalden@att.net, phone 405-590-7362.

Other volunteer opportunities include: transporting produce to the NAM Joan Watford food pantry, special projects (such as the fall leaf harvest), making signs, and serving on Plymouth’s NAM Garden sub-team to help plan and set projects and goals.

  • It’s Time to Move Into the New Shed!!

    Let’s Get Together on Saturday, March 18th to Move Into the New Shed!! Before After Well… we finally made it.  Plymouth’s new storage and garden shed is finally ready for occupation.  A few construction tasks still need to be completed but those can proceed while we occupy the building.   Our...

  • NAM Garden: Have You Noticed The Beautiful Cabbages?

    The NAM garden is growing! Yes, we have cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and will soon have onions planted in the garden. We could use a little help. We have an unused bed or two that needs to be covered in thick leaves and pine needles so it can rest without growing...

  • Shed Build and a New Greenhouse

    by Judy Walden Calling All Shed Builder Volunteers – Now Is the Time! We are trying to get a few people together to work on the shed this Saturday, Oct. 8th. We need to install he hurricane clips and begin siding. We will start immediately after the regular potluck Fellowship...

  • NAM Garden – It’s That Time of Year

    by Judy Walden It’s time to begin preparations for the NAM Fall garden. Our faithful and extraordinary volunteer, Dale H., not only tills our beds for us but he has been doing most of the planting. Plymouth has 7 raised beds available for planting. We have not been planting them...

  • Sunday School in the Garden

    This next Sunday, Sunday school kiddos have a chance to harvest sweet potatoes from the garden. Please send kids in clothes that can afford to get dirty. We will supply gloves and water and it would probably be helpful if those who have hats can wear them. This year’s crop...

  • Be in on the Finish (of the Garden Shed)

    On Wed. July 20th, work will resume on the Plymouth garden and storage shed. It will take more than one day, but we are calling for help for the first day. After that, we will have more details about additional work days and help needed. If you are willing to...

  • Garden Update

    The garden is being overrun by tall grass and weeds. We are working feverishly to knock it back but can’t keep up. Thank you to the Maurices for help with this aspect of the garden! Can anyone else help? Figs are wasting. We have transported about 20 pounds to the...

  • Garden Update

    Weeds are relentless. The garden is growing sweet potatoes and okra and also weed grasses. It looks like we never clean up out there but we do, repeatedly. On Friday, it was Plymouth’s turn to mow, which was done by Jan A. and Sharon L. Not only did they mow...

  • Garden Update – A Figgy Time of Year

    by Judy Walden Fig season has started. And we need help! Please save and bring your cardboard egg cartons to church for fig harvesting. Then, if you are able to help harvest figs, please contact Judy Walden – jwalden@att.net and let her know. Harvesting figs is not very difficult but...

  • Garden Update: Okra Planting Coming Up

    This Sunday, our Sunday schoolers will visit the garden to lend a hand in planting okra. This summer staple loves heat and produces so much food. Picking the pods is not exactly fun but the results are so rewarding. To prepare for the youngsters, we are trying to clean up...

  • Garden Gab

    by Judy Walden Sweet potato beds are planted and mostly mulched. In about 80 days, a bountiful crop of beautiful sweet potatoes will be available for harvest by Plymouth Sunday schoolers and others. There will be too many for Plymouth kids to do during a harvest session. Plans now are...

  • Garden Update: Sweet Potatoes Love Rain

    by Judy Walden The NAM Garden sustained multiple downpours in the last two weeks – thankfully, that is slowing down. We continue to plant sweet potato slips (starts) as we have time between rains and so many other duties and service tasks. Thankfully, sweet potato plants love all this rain...

  • Garden Update

    by Judy Walden Monday, April 25th, 116 pounds of potatoes, onions, peppers and squash were transported to the NAM Choice Pantry by Mary Bolin. This is our biggest haul yet in 2016. But our delivery total is still very low compared to other years. Our output will continue to be...

  • Garden Update: Rain, Rain Go Away

    At least the rain directly over the garden. With over 5 inches of rain in two days, the garden is quite soggy. Some of the potatoes are very stress and will have to be harvested early. We just hope that the rest of them are OK and can be allowed...

  • Garden Update: Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes

    This is our weekly garden update. Boy, do we have onions! We don’t have the weight yet – to be reported next week – but we just harvested a lot of onions. We are currently harvesting all kinds of peppers, collards, and one volunteer romaine lettuce head. We have about...

  • NAM Garden Production Update

    by Judy Walden We are still gardening at a reduced rate and taking modest amounts of produce to the NAM pantry. Today as I weeded and banked soil around the potatoes in preparation for adding leaf mulch, I encountered the occasional golf-ball sized potato. It was a cool day, which...

  • NAM Garden News

    Slow but steady progress continues in the Plymouth NAM garden. A bounty of fall and winter leaves continues to be available through springtime, so we are still making progress collecting and spreading leaves for mulch, mostly in the orchard right now. Sugar peas are done so we are preparing a...

  • NAM Garden: Revving Up for Spring

    Plymouth’s NAM garden is getting ready for spring – planting time. We Have winter peas producing – sugar snap peas and snow peas – carrots and beets. We have planted potatoes for the children to harvest in a few months. Sweet potato slips (transplants) are on order and expected to...

  • Cool Fresh Air – Come Enjoy Our Garden

    Love Fresh Air?  Who doesn’t?  Come share fellowship and stretch the lungs and legs in Our Plymouth Garden.  Can you help us block the weeds in planted beds by giving them a nice blanket of mulch?  We’ve got the mulch… we just need a few good MEN and WOMEN (or...

  • Garden Gab

    We’re trying something new. This week we planted 26 asparagus crowns. Asparagus? Yes, recommended by our interim pastor, Rev. Kristin. We also have a few seed potatoes and 50 sweet potato slips are on order. Interested in being involved with the garden in 2016? We still need a new garden...

  • “A Thing of Beauty!” – New Shed Foundation

    by Judy Walden It’s here! After 6 long months of seeking and interviewing concrete companies, we finally have a floor for our new shed. We truly did find a “lowest and best bid” – a decent price and an awesome job. Built to Bill M.’s demanding specifications and his patience...

  • Calling All Green Thumbs

    (And not so green thumbs!) Looking good – the NAM Garden area is nearly cleaned up – just a few more weeds and grass to be cut, more beds are planted – we still have space available.  Fruit trees continue to receive retention boarders  – we sure could use help...

  • Garden Gab – Will You Be One?

    Looking good – the NAM Garden area is nearly cleaned up. Almost all of the cardboard weed suppression material has been removed, fruit trees continue to receive retention boarders and beds are being planted. But we still have beds and partial beds available for adoption. If you would like to...

  • Garden Gab: Clean Up In Progress!

    In case you haven’t noticed, much of that debris that was hanging around the NAM garden and orchard has disappeared. Yes, we’re cleaning it up. Yes, we are in the process of building a new shed, which everyone knows makes a mess. But, we are trying to not be an...

  • Garden Gab

    What? You’re Changing The Way We Do The NAM Garden? Well, maybe just evolving. The NAM garden was created to give “all” produce to NAM. Over the years, it has served many other missions by providing: Fellowship, education, creation care (through sustainable practices), opportunities to do God’s work. Given that,...

  • NAM Garden Produce Reaches 456 Pounds

    Plymouth United Church has delivered 456 pounds of produce to the NAM food pantry so far this year. Thanks so much to all those who dug, raked, planted, weeded, harvested and transported harvests to the hungry in our community. Black eye peas did not wait. I returned from vacation to...

  • Plymouth NAM Garden Produces 419 Pounds of Food

    This year’s production from the NAM Garden so far totals 419 pounds. I wish to give a great big thank you to all who helped with this long-time Plymouth ministry. Black eye peas are ready for harvest. Our volunteer tiller, Dale H., planted them mainly to enrich the soil but...

  • Garden Gab

    What’s all that cardboard on the ground? The NAM garden is almost completely covered in cardboard in a desperate effort to smother the weeds. With beds not planted, weeds take over. The cardboard will be replaced asap with black plastic sheeting made for weed suppression. As usual, garden tasks way...

  • NAM Garden Beating the Heat!

    We’re pushing 350 pounds of fresh produce grown and delivered to NAM from the Plymouth NAM Garden.  Right now, the only thing being harvested are the yard-long beans that keep going, and going…  We will soon have sweet potatoes – whatever the grubs don’t eat.  Two beds are planted in...

  • Garden Gab

    So far this year, we have delivered 321 pounds of produce to the NAM food pantry. That is honorable though far short of our average of 1000 pounds by this time of year. Right now, plenty of garden beds are up for adoption. Only three of the raised beds are...