Next week I have a meeting at my church, Francis Burns UMC, that I'm super excited about. Our health ministry (HEALS) is seeking to start a church community garden. A community garden is a collective effort by a group of people to provide fresh produce and plants on a single piece of land. It'll benefit the neighborhood residents and church members. Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Strawberries.....veggies and fruits galore!! For those that don't know, Rhonda and I eat (or juice) veggies and fruits and it constitutes 80% of our daily food intake. If you only knew what our grocery bill looked like and how frequent we went, you'll see why I'm grinning from ear to ear. Take a look below as to what a community garden looks like.
What does this have to do with Take A Leap?? Everything if you ask me. You see over the last few weeks, if you remember from a previous post, I've been searching for legitimate travel volunteer/mission projects. Travel with a purpose right? There are so many options, but the expenses are like...whoa!! The only two that I came across that I could #1- afford and #2- enjoy were identified as the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and Workaway. Both provide opportunities to volunteer and have your meals and accommodations covered by putting in a little work in a family's garden; teaching children; or a host of other creative and/or labor intensive volunteering projects. The experience from our local church community garden will not only give us a green thumb, but also a learning experience that we can take with us to Africa, Europe, or South America from a period of a few days to several months, at minimal costs and an experience like no other.
|Photo Credit via visualizenashua.com|
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Have you participated in a community garden project in your city or town? Have you traveled with either of the organizations noted above? If so, where to and what did you do??