Volunteer Garden Coordinator
This summer we welcome Emily Spilker (She/Her/Hers) as Trinity's Volunteer Garden Coordinator. Emily comes to us from Dayton, Ohio. She is thrilled to serve in the community garden, as it will combine her goals of getting to know the Trinity family and serving the local community. In her free time, Emily loves mountain biking with her dogs, trying new vegetarian recipes, and rock climbing.
Calling All Gardeners
If you would like to participate in this gardening ministry, as much or as little as you want, whether you are a new or seasoned gardener, please reach out to us. It’s a rewarding experience, connecting you with nature and others. (And yes, due to Covid-19, social distancing can be done, which is necessary to keep the garden open). Contact Emily Keuhl or Ryan Wynkoop to volunteer or ask any questions regarding the garden.
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
Let the Church Office know if you would like to help with the Garden by calling (765) 742-1288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.