In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity engages children directly in planting and/or maintaining a garden.
If your congregation already has a garden, find a project that the World of Wonder children and their families can work on. Depending on the season, they might help prepare the garden for planting, plant seeds, weed growing plants, harvest, or prepare the garden for winter. If the congregation does not have a garden, and space is available, work with the appropriate congregational leaders to plan a garden and designate certain tasks or even a part of the garden for religious education groups. Involve the children as much as possible in decisions about the garden, such as what to plant and where to donate the garden's yield.
Delegates at the General Assembly in Charlotte, NC, approved Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice as a 2011 Statement of Conscience. Resources include the Ethical Eating Study Guide and the Ethical Eating blog. Here are some ideas from the blog:
Congregational garden. Create a community garden on the congregation's property or in the community. Research area community gardens and invite a representative to educate your group about getting started. Involve children and youth. One mostly White congregation in Oregon established a community garden in cooperation with Latino-Latina neighbors, including individual plots and a group plot for corn raised with traditional indigenous methods; the project included potlucks with concomitant ESL classes. A Massachusetts congregation maintains an organic community garden at a local human services center, donating most of its harvest to local food assistance programs; the garden hosts the town's Earth Day festival, and provides food for an annual October dinner raising funds for nearby food banks.
At the close of the initial meeting, ask the World of Wonder children to lead participants in the song "We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands" or "The Garden Song."
Share the photos or video with the children in a subsequent session.
Ensure that shared work areas are accessible to all.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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