The sign on the garden fence at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City reads “Lettuce” in bold letters.
It means Let us Feed Others. And they do — by growing enormous amounts of vegetables to give to local food banks.
Last year, the church donated more than 5,000 pounds of food. It is hard to get your head around that. Imagine, though, a large tomato that weighs about a pound, and then imagine thousands of them.
Of course, the church grows a variety of other vegetables, and most are started with seeds. Around March of each year, Clyde Seery starts planting seeds that go into the greenhouse the church has fashioned for the garden.
The start of this garden is a bit like the biblical parable of the mustard seed. A