Sacred Grounds Native Pollinator Garden at Ahavas Israel

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In March 2020, Congregation Ahavas Israel and All Souls Community Church of West Michigan successfully applied for the National Wildlife Federation’s Sacred Grounds project in Grand Rapids. Sacred Grounds facilitates the development of native plant areas on the grounds of houses of worship. In July 2020, we turned the back patio area into a native pollinator garden and have been adding to it and tending it since. 

The NWF grant also commits us to connect faith and environmental stewardship within the congregation and community. Tikkun olam,our responsibility to repair or heal the world, includes the need to protect God's creation during the climate emergency. In addition to the native pollinator garden, Ahavas provides food for those in need with our Corners of the Field vegetable garden, and leaves more areas unmowed. Sod grass, with its short roots and matting structure, doesn’t sequester carbon and uses energy for upkeep. Native plants help us sequester carbon, feed pollinators, and create a more sustainable and beautiful sacred space. 

Sacred Grounds offers us a wonderful opportunity for interfaith collaboration. If you are interested in participating in this project or for more information, contact Diane Rayor (project initiator) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Corners of the Field Garden 2021

No experience is needed to work in the garden. You bring some gloves and your energy. Please email Allyson Cole-Strauss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (616-406-6536) or Mary Kaneti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for information about helping to feed the hungry. Thank you!


Each year, the garden produced over 400 pounds of produce donated to the Temple Emanuel and the Baxter Street Food Pantries.

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Hello Gardeners- I thought you would like to see what our first delivery to Temple Emanuel looked like. Mary K. was kind enough to pick and wash everything and get it over to them. Thanks Mary!  See you in the garden-Allyson


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