Involving Community, Building Community

I had the opportunity to present to church leaders of the Christian Reformed Church from across Ontario about our community garden. There were 30 participants from about 15 churches.

While I told our story about how we made it happens and the success of our first year, I focused on how we intentionally engaged the community because we wanted the garden to also be a place where we would build relationships and connections - community.

At the end, I asked for values needed to both involve community and build community. This is what the group said:

  • committment of finish
  • trust others
  • be authentic
  • allow for diversity
  • expertise in gardening
  • repeatable / sustainability
  • attitude of sharing

The interest in starting other community garden by these churches was high - and I'm excited to hear about them as they grow! Interested in the presentation? Watch it online!