Get ready Trinity, we are in the second year of our community garden. We have a space in our south lawn area that is 30’ by 30’ and we need you to help our garden grow!
Share your garden story and pictures on Facebook or Instagram. Check in at Trinity United Methodist Church - Lafayette and use the hashtags #pickaveggiepullaweed #growlocallafayette #trinitygarden
Thank you for a great Garden and Grill season!
The summer Garden & Grill Meals were a giant success, averaging about 60-70 people attending the meals. Two-thirds of those attending were from the local neighborhood. Thank you to the many Trinity folks and Julieann Davis who provided salads, hot dishes, fresh fruit, and desserts and did the setup and cleanup of each meal, and to Kay Franscoviak and Claudia Alenduff for recruiting side dishes and kitchen volunteers. Thank you also to those who helped with games and the musical instrument petting zoo that the children enjoyed immensely and to our hot dog cooks. This outreach program was rewarding by strengthening old relationships and developing new ones.
Grow Local: Urban Gardens Network
Trinity's garden is part of a local community garden network, Grow Local. Grow Local's vision is to build, nourish, and nurture community through establishing and growing urban gardens. Through Grow Local, each garden is assigned a Master Gardener and provided resources and support.
Community gardens are intended to be shared with the community, and if enough produce is available, with food pantries. Our garden engages residents of Centennial Neighborhood and contributes to St. John’s Food Pantry.
Urban Food Desert
Centennial Neighborhood is an urban food desert, where residents must travel 1 miles or more to the nearest healthy food vendor (see map below).
Food retailers are not encouraged to develop in low-income areas because of market conditions such as high development costs and a perceived low return in investment. Because of this, residents of low-income areas in both urban and rural areas have less access to affordable healthful foods. Access to healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk, and whole grains are a key component to good health and well-being. Individuals who have access to supermarkets in general tend to have healthier diets and are at lower risk of chronic disease such as diabetes.
Did you know that roughly 1 in 6 residents of Tippecanoe County are food insecure? That's one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the state of Indiana. Trinity's community garden, and support of organizations like Food Finders, helps narrow the gap between income and providing three healthy meals a day.
Learn more about Food Insecurity here.