Gardens are a laboratory for learning about nature. Gardening can teach us much about beauty, love, and nurturing living things. Gardening is a hands-on affair with the earth that helps us relax and unwind while exercising our bodies, getting our hands dirty, and enjoying the fruits of our labors.
When west Houston’s Covenant Lutheran Church started a community garden in Katy, TX, a group of church volunteers dedicated an area of the garden for the young residents of Krause Children’s Center, so the kids could plant fresh vegetables and learn about agriculture. So many of the children at Krause (ages 11-17), whose pasts are filled with abuse and neglect, have had little or no exposure to the beauties of nature.
Excited by the garden project, the Krause kids planted cabbage, spinach, onions, broccoli, greens, and a few “miscellaneous” vegetables. Covenant Lutheran installed an irrigation system on the grounds to keep the plants watered. Now the kids visit the garden each week to make certain the vegetables are growing and thriving.
The Krause kids decided to give their garden a name: GARDEN OF CHANGE.
“Cares melt when you kneel in your garden.”
~ Author Unknown