Garden season is finally here! The snow has melted, the garden is ready with aged manure, we’re ready to plant and we need you! This spring marks the beginning of the second year of our community garden, one of 12
community gardens in the Grow Local urban community garden network. 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. The garden is an important part of our neighborhood because Trinity is in the middle of an urban food desert, where residents must travel 1 mile or more to the nearest healthy food vendor. You can learn more about urban food deserts at www.trinitylafayette.org/garden. On top of that, nearly one in six people in Tippecanoe County are food insecure, which means that while most people have a source of income, there is a gap between what they earn and what they need to provide three meals a day for their family. Food insecurity has far-reaching impacts in neighborhoods, classrooms and the workplace including health issues. Tippecanoe County has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the state of Indiana.
Mel Shoaf returns as our Garden Manager. This year Gloria Thompson will be the garden volunteer coordinator and Julieann Davis will be our Master Gardener. But, our garden and the Garden and Grill meals cannot thrive without volunteers. Did you know that last year, approximately 63 million Americans (or about 25% of all adults) volunteered 8 billion hours, valued at $193 billion? That’s a huge contribution to our communities! Your experience, skills, expertise,
enthusiasm and passion are valued here at Trinity.
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