The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


New life on a floodplain

Squash, corn and beans grow on what was a painful scar

In 2008 monstrous rising waters from the Cedar River took no lives but destroyed 90 homes in Waverly, Iowa. Rebuilding was forbidden, and residents of this close-knit city wondered if the land could be anything other than a useless moonscape.

Students, farmers and others harvest
Students, farmers and others harvest produce from the Waverly [Iowa] Sharing Garden. When rebuilding on this floodplain was forbidden, Mark Anderson, an assistant to the bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, came up with the idea to create a garden for seniors and struggling families.

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