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How does the development and use of a church-based community garden demonstrate God’s call to us to care for Creation? How was Trinity Gardens developed during the past four years? What are the garden’s outreach programs and how do these fulfill the garden’s mission? Presenters Judy Sims and Diana D’Evelyn will share how the garden has been central to VBS curriculum and various garden and food education programs, while also providing fresh produce on a weekly basis to help meet food needs within our community.
Diana D’Evelyn is the Children’s Ministry Director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara. Diana, along with Trinity’s staff and volunteers, led a week-long children’s day camp at Trinity that featured Trinity’s Community Garden. Using curriculum from the ELCA World Hunger program, her goal in the 2015 children’s camp was for her campers to become passionate about loving God, growing in faith, and working against hunger and poverty.
Judy Sims has modeled and engaged others in caring for God’s creation–ourselves, each other, and our world–throughout her career as an elementary educator and in recent times as a volunteer garden educator at community and school gardens. Teaching stewardship by involving and leading others in project work has, within the last four years, helped to develop Trinity Gardens at Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara. This community garden’s mission has led to outreach projects that touch lives and meet food and health needs within the SB community and beyond.