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.

  • Garden Gab – Lots of Tomatoes

    This year’s production of fresh fruits and vegetables is no record, but we are picking some of the largest tomatoes seen in a long time. Harvest would be larger if the wildlife were not competing for our giant red tomatoes and red and yellow apples. These are the main producers...

  • Garden Gab: Help the Fruit Trees!

    To feed the hungry, we need to grow the food. The NAM garden can do that with your help. Things needing attention are: 1. Fruit trees need work on the mulch rings around them – we need to extend the rings. 2. The never-ending weeding – esp. the garden paths...

  • Garden Gab: Peaches, Tomatoes and Onions, OH MY!

    The garden beds of Bill and Barbara Moore and Dale Hudson are producing tomatoes!! Also, 6 pounds of the best peaches ever were harvested (we had to sample a blemished one) and 50 or 60 pounds of onions were harvested the past two weeks. All of this was transported to...

  • YES Prep Northside Returns to Plymouth NAM Garden

    On Wednesday, April 9, sixth grade students from YES Prep Northside returned to the Plymouth NAM Garden for their final community service visit of the 2014-15 school year. Students weeded and helped spread mulch in the children’s playground, weeded areas of the garden, fertilized flowerbeds, and performed a number of...

  • Garden Gab

    Help Needed It is Spring! Veggies are planted and being planted and fruit trees have tiny apples, peaches and pears. But along with these delights are some not so delightful visitors – weeds. Though our weed problem is greatly reduced by mulch, some areas need weeding and more mulch applied...

  • Garden Gab

    The Moores have planted their bed of tomatoes and zucchinis. Irish potatoes (red la sota and Yukon gold) are up. We have two beds full of growing onions and shallots (need weeding and more mulch). Trellis for Don’s yard-long beans is up/built (and it’s straight and beautiful). We have a...

  • Garden Gab

    Spring is Garden Time, Feed the Hungry! There is still room and time to adopt a crop, or bed for the spring garden. So far, gardeners have planted Swiss chard, onions and potatoes, and are about to plant yard long beans (green beans), tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants… Do you have a...

  • Garden Gab

    We Have Updated the Garden Plan!! We are still looking for a garden team lead but have also changed the way the garden will be operated in the future. The NAM food pantry and any other identified recipients will receive what is produced in the garden but there will be...

  • Garden Gab

    We are still looking for a garden sub-team lead, or leads (could be more than one person) – see contact info below. Continuing garden needs include spreading more leaves and needles, clearing around fruit trees and mulching with weed block and leaves, shredding leaves for mulch and mulching the planted...

  • Plymouth Focuses on Hunger, Environmental Justice through National Grant

    With the assistance of a national grant, the hunger and environmental justice ministries of Plymouth United Church, United Church of Christ continue to grow to serve the needs of the northern suburbs of Houston. In June 2014, Plymouth United Church received a “Neighbors in Need” grant from the United Church...

  • Garden Gab

    Garden Schedule – Thursday mornings from 9 am to noon through Dec. – except in inclement weather. Call For Leaves – We Need Your Leaves and Pine Needles. Please empty or place bags of leaves and needles in the area between the fruit trees. Anyone able to help empty and...

  • Garden Gab

    Need New 2015 NAM Garden Sub-team Leader The Plymouth NAM Garden is looking for a new leader. If your interests lie in growing produce, planning, and volunteer supervision, we are looking for you. Judy Walden will be available for consultation and advice. Though the year is not over and we...

  • Garden Gab

    We are in the process of winterizing the garden and orchard. We need help cleaning out around the fruit trees and putting down new mulch. We can always use help weed-eating the garden area. Other projects include, finishing the sweet potato harvest, cleaning and mulching raised beds, retiring three temporary...

  • Garden Gab

    On Wed, Oct. 15th, the NAM garden was visited by 35 YES Prep Northside 6th graders. They visit us to work in the garden for their quarterly community service. While here, they also learn about sustainable gardening, environmental stewardship, and feeding the hungry. This visit, they helped to dig more...

  • NAM Garden Needs 2-Liter Bottles

    The NAM Garden needs your empty two-liter soda bottles!!! Volunteers will use the bottles to construct projects such as transparent walls for cold frames, greenhouses, and frost protectors for plants. It takes approximately 1500 bottles to construct a small greenhouse, so bring as many bottles as you have! When the...

  • Garden Gab

    Do you still have your leftover egg cartons from Easter? Like fig picking? Well, it looks like Saturday, July 19 is your lucky day! 🙂 Bring your empty egg cartons and your fig pickin’ skills to your NAM Garden starting at 9am until you want to stop!!! If your fig...

  • Garden Gab

    Your NAM Garden isn’t sure who it was that left the thermostat on and the door open, but we do want to THANK YOU for the enjoyable weather! There is no better time than now to come out and support your NAM Garden this Saturday morning starting at 9am. 🙂...

  • Garden Gab

    Your NAM Garden isn’t just about planting crops, pulling weeds and the occasional taste test before we harvest crops to ship out. (You have to make sure you are supplying the best, right?) Now if we can only get the cordless fondue maker to work, we will be in better...

  • Garden Gab

    It’s as easy as fishing fish out of a barrel… Except they are potatoes!! (True Story) That’s right. We have potato barrels!! (And you thought you’d heard it all. Take that Grumpy Cat and “Let it Go” parodies) Who has time to plant things in the ground, bend over, get...

  • YES Prep Northside Contributes to NAM Garden

    On Wednesday, April 10, 2014, 33 YES Prep Northside 6th graders and three teachers worked in the Plymouth NAM Garden weeding, mulching, harvesting, planting, shredding leaves, and preparing the new handicapped-accessible high-rise bed for planting. Four volunteers from Plymouth and two additional community volunteers helped to contribute a total of...

  • Garden Gab

    Spring isn’t just a time of watering plants and pulling weeds. Where’s the fun in that? Sometimes you gotta let your hair down, or in the case of our pastor, put it up in a multi-colored mohawk of love and support for something awesome. What’s that “awesome” I speak of?...

  • Garden Gab

    I know it’s only March, and you typically don’t think of March as a time for the Garden; especially since we have now gone through multiple global warming ice storms. However, we have to-date collected over 200lbs of food and have started the Spring planting: potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, collards,...

  • Garden Gab

    Most people for Lent will give up something; chocolate, coffee, swearing, alcohol, or running with scissors. For others, they will use this 40 days as a time of community service and outreach. I am not asking you to give up coffee, swearing, chocolate, alcohol, or running with scissors, but I...

  • Garden Gab

    This is what Loves looks like when it is outside “church walls” Thank you soo much YES Prep Northside School for all of your hardwork and dedication to the NAM Garden and what that love means to the families it will serve. Below are some photos from that day. If...

  • YES Prep Northside Joins Plymouth Volunteers in NAM Garden

    On Thursday, 45 students and three teachers from YES Prep Northside joined six adult volunteers from Plymouth and the surrounding community in the Bob & Muriel Williams NAM Community Garden. All food grown in the NAM Garden benefits the clients of the Food Pantry at Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM). Students...

  • Garden Gab

    What a great day for our NAM garden! We have the privilege of some 45 children and chaperons from YES Prep Northside School working in our NAM Garden. They’ll be planting trees, harvesting cabbage and lettuce, weeding, mulching and giving our garden some love. From their love, we can better...

  • Garden Gab

    Like every other Houston team, your NAM garden is also in a “rebuilding” phase. We feel our drafting order is tight though. Oh, we are still growing food; we just have a few other projects starting up as well: 1. We’re implementing a water irrigation system that will focus more...

  • Garden Gab

    ‘You never get anything right,’ complained the teacher. ‘What kind of job do you think you’ll get when you leave school?’ ‘Well, I want to be the weather person on TV.’ Due to the impending weather, your NAM Garden folks would like to remind you of the 3 P’s plus...

  • Garden Gab

    Your NAM Garden would like to Thank You for all your hard work, all your due diligence and all your time. Your NAM Garden would also like to Thank You for attending the upcoming Urban Harvest Fruit Tree sale and buying a couple more fruit trees for the growing orchard....

  • Garden Gab

    Have you finished making your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Need to add 1 more to make it an even number? Or did you make a resolution to make more resolutions? Either way, we have you covered! 🙂 We are not the Post Office, so weather permitting, we are always in...