Local Boy Scouts grow ‘Grace’s Hill Farm’ to feed hungry

Members of Boy Scout Troop 39 were hard at work over the summer in a field adjacent to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church expanding a community garden and growing vegetables to help feed the hungry.

Grace’s Hill Community Farm, as the garden is known, is now harvesting peas, beans, carrots, tomatoes and other fresh produce, to be given to Operation Hope and other area food pantries.

The scouts devoted 270 combined hours to expand the garden, including erecting deer-proof fences, framing out the beds and filling them with soil, installing an irrigation system, and cultivating the grounds, a task made more challenging by New England’s famous stony soil.

Our Saviour’s member Daniel Wisdom, along with 23 of his fellow troop members from Westport, worked on the project to qualify for Eagle Scout honors. They were mentored by Eric Frisk, another member of Our Saviour’s who is chief gardener of Fairfield’s Community Garden at Drew Park, which has been growing vegetables to feed the hungry for more than 20 years.

“Grace’s Hill Farm is an extension of our work at Drew Park, and provides another way for us to grow fresh produce to help feed the hungry of Fairfield County,” said Frisk. “It also provides a valuable learning and service experience for the Boy Scouts and for people with autism spectrum disorders that are helped by Ability Beyond. We are grateful to Our Saviour’s for allowing us to use church property for this important community ministry.”

About Our Saviour’s

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reaches out to the world and to its local communities with the Good News of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The congregation receives strength for this mission through Worship, Christian Education, Service, Benevolent Giving, Witness, Mutual Support and a commitment to grow in faith and participation. Our Saviour’s is guided in the belief that, “As God Gives to Us, So We Give to Others.”

Holy Communion is celebrated during worship at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. The church also offers Sunday School and Adult Discussion programs at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 203-255-0545 or visit oursaviours.net.

David Wisdom and Daniel Wisdom of Westport Boy Scout Troop 39, with the assistance of mentor Eric Frisk, install a new irrigation system at Grace’s Hill Community Farm, adjacent to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fairfield, this summer.

David Wisdom and Daniel Wisdom of Westport Boy Scout Troop 39, with the assistance of mentor Eric Frisk, install a new irrigation system at Grace’s Hill Community Farm, adjacent to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fairfield, this summer.

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