The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


How does your garden grow?

In Texas, organically and for the community

If you plant them, they will grow: squash, turnips, peppers and, of course, kids.

At Faith Lutheran Church, Seguin, Texas,
At Faith Lutheran Church, Seguin, Texas, parents pitch in and help young gardeners like Brooke Bennett (right), whose mom, Elaine (left), showed up to help harvest radishes. The junior high students’ vegetables support their activity projects and community groups.
All bloom along three rows of neatly bedded crop lines out at My Father’s Farm near Seguin, Texas. Organic farmer Pedro Schambon Jr. owns the property. But the toil and vegetables belong to the junior high students of Faith Lutheran Church, Seguin, who are learning about stewardship of the earth, sustainability and sharing with others.

Last fall, Schambon proposed a gardening project to area churches. He offered the seeds, tools, drip irrigation, compost materials and expertise on organic gardening in exchange for a monthly freewill donation to his foundation that supports a Colombian orphanage. In January, Faith’s endowment committee awarded their youth a grant to cover the cost.

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