Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Youth share in ‘A-maize-ing Grace’ gardening project.

Iowa youth have participated in growing produce to benefit a Foods Resource Bank (FRB) food security program in Madagascar. The project was part of the "A-maize-ing Grace" Growing Project sponsored by a cluster of congregations that includes Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, Iowa.

Also involved are three Presbyterian churches, three Methodist churches, a Church of God congregation, and the Bethel Grove Christian Church.

Produce was grown by students and sold in a local grocery store with proceeds benefiting the FRB. Proceeds from the Gardening Project were over $3,000. The youth recommended the income be given to a food security project in Antsirabe Tanatave, Madagascar.

Leigh Carson and Jay Borgman, youth that participated in the Gardening Project, told of their experiences to a meeting of the "A-maize-ing Grace" Growing Project on Dec. 3. "The gardening was fun, but work!" they said. "It gave us a good feeling knowing we were working together to help other people in need."

Don Linnenbrink, one of the adults involved, commented that the youth were good workers. "If someone was gone on vacation, others were willing to pitch in and care for that person’s garden plot."

Three other communities will each receive $2,000 from the "A-maize-ing Grace" Growing Project: Totonicapan, Guatamala; Bateyes, the Dominican Republic; and Cambodia. The Church of the Brethren is the lead sponsor for the Totonicapan and Bateyes food security projects. A little over $700 will be sent to the FRB national office for staff support, and $5,000 will be retained in the local treasury to assist with planning a 2010 fundraising event in cooperation with students at Iowa State University.

This FRB Gardening Project was the first of its kind in the nation, and the youth are receiving widespread recognition. Joan Fumetti of the FRB staff will recognize the youth and thank the many people involved at a public event--a Soup and Sandwich luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Conrad, Iowa, on Sunday, Jan. 10.

It is hoped that in the future youth and adults in other area churches will consider participating in gardening projects to raise funds for FRB.

-- Lois Kruse is a member of Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, Iowa.

Source: 12/30/2009 Newsline

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