Category Archives: General Operations

OVB PLANTING GETS TV COVERAGE

WNCT-9 and WCTI-12 both aired stories of the planting at OVB Garden Camp Seafarer last Friday.  Ellen Bacca, Channel 12 meteorologist, and Maria Satira, Channel 9 weekend anchor, both covered the event and filed on-air and website stories with video footage.

To view their stories, click on the link to the left to the OVB Facebook page, or find them on the links at left to the stations’ websites.

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OVB PREPARES TO START SPRING 2014 GARDENS

OVB Gardens Bethany #1, #2 and #3 being plowed Sunday, March 2.
OVB Gardens Bethany #1, #2 and #3 being plowed Sunday, March 2.

Spring is here and OVB is getting ready for planting!

By March 22 Operation Veggie Box and its partner churches and organizations will have planted 5  to 7 gardens in Pamlico County. Vegetables from these gardens will go to food pantries in Oriental, Reelsboro, New Bern, and Havelock. OVB is now realizing growth in its core ministry activities.

We are hoping to produce over 3,000 pounds of vegetables per garden at a delivered cost of $.10 per pound. Our standard garden size is 10 rows, each 100 feet long. If we are able to produce this amount we will increase our yield by over 75% over our fall 2013 garden and reduce the cost by over 50%.

There will be much more to come this year including our Veggie JAM!, Corn JAM!, and more.

Stay tuned.  It is going to be an exciting year!

WELCOME TO OVB!

Welcome to the Operation Veggie Box website!

Operation Veggie Box (OVB) is a Christian mission to grow fresh vegetables to give to the hungry, as well as to deliver spiritual messages announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ and the existence of the Holy Spirit. OVB was launched at Bethany Christian Church Arapahoe, NC in August, 2013.

OVB is a front line Christian ministry that actively seeks to find those who are separated from God and make an attempt to bring them back in touch with Him.

Our concept of operations is simple enough: Grow vegetables, harvest them and place them in a box with a spiritual message, and then distribute to a hungry person through an existing relief agency.

We are looking to grow this ministry by getting other churches and organizations to grow gardens using our standard garden production model. Our garden size is the same which is ten 100’ long rows 30” apart. The vegetables that are grown in them are the same, also. We believe that if we standardize on the production side that cost and labor efficiencies will be realized resulting is less impact on church budget dollars. We also partner with existing relief agencies and churches and ask that they do the distribution function.

In 2014, OVB is starting to see growth in its garden ministry with new churches and organizations saying that they want to grow OVB gardens. OVB also has some unique events that will occur in June 2014 and they are called Veggie JAM! and Corn JAM!. These are outreach activities that will involve churches from eastern North Carolina delivering fresh vegetables to the hungry. More to come on these events later, but for now navigate through our website and take a look at some pictures from our Fall 2013 garden. If you have any questions feel free to give me, David Bailey, a call at 252.229.6228.

In the love of Christ,

David Bailey