Sow, Grow, Harvest and Build a Community !
Come Join the fun by contacting
Sr. Asma , Sr. Fizza or Masjid Admin
(210) – 382- 4467
Jazak Allah Khair !
ISF Garden Club
ISF Organic Garden
ISF Organic Garden is a partner garden with the Frederick Food Security Garden.
FFSN aims to reduce food insecurity by establishing community gardens that provide fresh produce to community members who don’t have access to it.
FFSN Partner Gardens
The Frederick Food Security Network (FFSN) is a community gardening program from the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. They are establishing a network of community gardens in Frederick, MD in order to improve food security for residents of local food deserts, reduce local water pollution by diverting rooftop runoff for use as irrigation and promote better eating habits and environmental stewardship in the Frederick community.
- Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs
- Hood College/Frederick Memorial Hospital
- Boys and Girls Club of Frederick
- Islamic Society of Frederick
- Frederick News-Post
Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, which operates an emergency shelter and family shelter and offers homelessness prevention services, has partnered with us to transform some of their unused green space into a garden for its clients. With the help of Aramark Building Communities and the Coastal Studies students, we constructed two pilot vegetable rain garden beds in September, 2017. Funds from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the EPA Region III, and the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek funded construction of an additional 10 garden beds in 2018. In 2019, the site will also keep bees.
/Frederick Health Hospital Garden
In 2017, Hood College and Frederick Memorial Hospital joined together to convert an unused lot between the two properties into an urban garden, growing produce for Frederick residents who most need it. The inaugural season was very successful, growing more than 1,000 lbs of produce with the help of more than 60 volunteers. In 2018, this garden joined the Frederick Food Security Network and received support throughout the growing season as well as the addition of 2 Vegetable Rain Garden beds. In 2019, the garden will also expand to include a hoop house for year-round growing and a produce washing and distribution station.
Boys and Girls Club
In 2018, we helped build 2 Vegetable Rain Gardens at the Boys and Girls Club. Starting in Spring, 2019, children who are part of the BGC after-school and summer programs will participate in planting and maintaining the gardens and will be able to take the produce home with them.
Islamic Society of Frederick
In 2018, we helped build 8 traditional raised beds at the Islamic Society of Frederick, and 3 Vegetable Rain Gardens will be added in the spring 2019. Volunteers at the Islamic Society will assist children in gardening, and produce will be distributed through their food pantry as well as through our other distribution partners.
The Frederick News-Post
The FNP garden has been operating for about a decade at 351 Ballenger Creek Dr. It has grown tremendously under its garden coordinator and Master Gardener, David Muns. It currently has 135 plots, with 100 of them being rented to local families and the other 35 functioning as community plots, with produce being distributed through the FFSN. There are also extensive pollinator plots and colonies of bees! David is happy to host tours of the garden.
ISF Garden Objectives
ISF Organic Garden grows vegetables with the help of all members of the community to distribute them among low-income residents in Frederick. Our garden strives to provide a sense of community between our neighbors while teaching gardening.
Recap of Season 2019
- 38.9 Lbs of Produce
- 12 Crops
- 555 Volunteer Hours
- 5 Projects
2020 And Beyond, insha’ Allah
- Increase community participation
- Provide opportunities for volunteer work for youth
- Increase outreach to people who need the produce
- Establish pollinator gardens throughout the masjid landscape
- Teach less food wastage through composting