Galilee Gift Garden Feeds Our Neighbors

The economy may be on “pause,” but nature isn’t! Neither is Galilee’s Gift Garden, which returns in 2020 for our third year.

Pastor Jason blesses the planting that began on May 14.

More than ever, our friends and neighbors in the Sterling/Ashburn area need the healthy nutrition of fresh vegetables. People who eat well are less likely to get sick! The Galilee Gift Garden was created to grow good, fresh food—“feeding hope into lives” by supplying fresh vegetables for local food banks. The space is used to grow swiss chard, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes and more.

Galilee members Vini and Jane Short created this garden. They do amazing work in the soil at our church, as well as at gardens in other locations and with charities beyond vegetables. You can see more of what they do at the website of their nonprofit, DeShong’s Gift Back.


Galilee members Vini and Jane DeShong Short.

The produce from Galilee’s Gift Garden goes to four area food banks and will help supply over 1,000 families with fresh vegetables. Vini and his team pick and deliver vegetables every week all summer—with your help.

You can help! There is always more work than there are volunteers. All safety precautions in respect to Covid-19 will be maintained. Check out the DeShong’s Gift Back website or call Vini at 703-314-9296 for more information.


Working in the garden last year.