Disciples News Service

Tulsa kindergarten gardeners learn lessons at urban garden

Cindy Bergin

Cindy Bergin

Kindergarten classes from Lewis and Clark Elementary School, StoneSoup, and Phillips Theological Seminary students and staff met up May 6 for a tour of Seeds of Hope, a community garden adjacent to the seminary. (Photos are from a classroom visit previewing the field trip.)

The Seeds of Hope community garden was planted in order to educate and empower people living in the area. Volunteers with StoneSoup Community Venture, a National Benevolent Association incubate partner, and Phillips Seminary have previously visited with the kindergarten classes at Lewis and Clark Elementary School to conduct a planting demonstration and tell stories about growing food. The volunteers for The Story, Soil and Seeds Presentation also discussed the importance of nutrition and sharing of food with others.

2015DNS-PTSgarden-CraigKernsThe produce from the garden will be used in a meal prepared for the community by StoneSoup’s primary project, Tulsa’s Table, a pay-what-you-can community cafe. StoneSoup’s mission is to establish food justice projects that move people from dependency to autonomy. More than 40 percent of residents in the three ZIP codes surrounding Phillips have incomes below the poverty level. And more than half of the children living in those ZIP codes live below the poverty level.