THE AGAPE GARDEN
GROWING FOOD, GROWING JUSTICE
As a part of a multi-pronged effort to address student poverty, we have transformed our backyard space into an area that will create community, teach valuable skills, and spark important conversations about faith, life, and justice. We have done this by creating the Agape Garden. In this garden, we will partner with students, the campus community our congregational partners in ministry to meet the immediate needs of our students while working together for a just community where no one is hungry.
WHY WOULD A CAMPUS MINISTRY TRANSFORM THEIR BACKYARD INTO A GARDEN?
The Agape Garden exists because our students need food.
Planting a garden involves the community and the students in growing healthy, organic food that will meet the immediate hunger needs in our midst.
The Agape Garden exists because gardening together creates community and breaks down walls.
Gardening together literally provides common ground. We work the soil, tend the plants and harvest the fruits of our labors together. The Agape Garden is a place where students, faculty, staff, and community members will work side-by-side.
The Agape Garden exists because we are committed to addressing questions of why there is hunger.
Mercy and justice walk hand in hand. The Garden is a place where we engage issues of food justice through conversation, prayer, and action.