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New Asbury Community Garden


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by Jo Brosius, Director of Communications, Wilmore Campus

ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY RECEIVES $18,000 GRANT FROM THE DORA TES BASILEAS FOUNDATION FOR A COMMUNITY GARDEN

WILMORE, Ky. (December 11, 2012) – Asbury Theological Seminary has been awarded a two-year $18,000 grant by the Dora Tes Basileas Foundation to establish a community garden on its Kentucky campus. Slated to begin in spring 2013, the raised bed community garden will feature 10-15 large common plots surrounded by 25 smaller individual plots that will be tended by members of the seminary community, including students, faculty and staff.

The community garden is an initiative of the Office of Global Community Formation, under the leadership of Dr. Marilyn Elliott, Vice President for Spiritual Formation. Through the community garden, the Office of Global Community Formation and the Creation Care Community will teach gardening, composting, recycling, and bee handling as practical ways to steward God’s creation. Additionally, the community garden will serve as a living laboratory to teach spiritual principles of personal devotion, discipleship and multicultural community building.

The Dora Tes Basileas Foundation was established in 2006 to support Protestant agencies and churches and theological education. Since its founding, the Foundation has contributed more than $136,000 to Asbury Seminary to support student scholarships and other initiatives.

If any of you as alumni would like to contribute ideas or support to the Asbury community garden you are invited to do so.  We are looking for people with gardening or community garden experience.  Please email us at alumni.asburyseminary.edu.