Asbury Seminary Community Garden
In the Spring of 2013, Asbury Theological Seminary started a community garden project where students and their families from diverse backgrounds can grow fresh, organic vegetables and flowers together. The goals of this community garden project are to build community, to educate and form the community, and to give produce away freely and generously to those in need.
The community garden is a place where people from many different cultures gather, show hospitality, and celebrate with each other. By cooperating and working together, cross-cultural friendships can be formed as well as a growing sense of interdependence. People will begin to realize how much there is to learn from each other about God and life. As people share food from the garden with each other, share growing tips, recipes, take responsibility for looking after one another’s plots, and perhaps cook together, friendships will be formed and lead to more acceptance and belonging, which is crucial in a diverse community.
It is also important to educate people, especially the children in the community on healthy eating habits and where their food comes from. There is a lot of work to be done in a community garden and teaching children the value of hard work, and laboring together with others is formational. The community is also catching vision of Creation Care and learning practical skills of gardening, composting, and recycling.
Finally, with the extra food produced by the Community Garden, we would like to give this to people who are needy in our local community. This organically grown, healthy, local produce from the garden can contribute to the health of people in the local community. There would also be skills training and resources offered to people in the local community so they can learn how to grow their own food.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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