GIVE YOUR TIME & TALENTS So, you have found out about the Lubbock Dream Center... Now what? The Dream Center is simply a place where people are helping people, and there is a place for you. Whether it is one of our established ministries, or you have a passion for something new that is needed within the community, we would love to have you become a part. Just give us a call at 806-793-3336.
The DC Community Garden
It is an exciting time in the Dream Center’s Community Garden, which is quickly becoming known as “God’s Garden.” The first fruit is ready to be harvested!
This community garden began with a vision to do more that just grow physical food and that is exactly what is happening. Some of the garden’s goals are to bring people together, offer opportunities for spiritual mentoring, educate people of all ages in growing food, teach market gardening, provide a place for people to serve community service hours and develop a community identity and spirit.
The Community Garden is a healthy, inexpensive activity for the neighborhood that can bring them closer to nature, and allow them to interact with each other in a socially meaningful and physically productive way. As people work together in the garden a spirit of community is fostered. It is a great opportunity to serve with a friend, or with your entire family, and a chance to get to know other people from the neighborhood. The garden is bringing people together from a wide variety of backgrounds.
God’s Garden is a beautiful place to spend time showing others an active love for one another and for Christ. The time spent preparing the soil, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting provides plenty of opportunities to discuss spiritual issues. Discipleship relationships have bloomed from time spent working in the soil of God’s creation. The garden is a perfect setting to touch people’s lives in a tangible way.
Educating the volunteers on growing produce is a continuous objective. There have been classes on “no-till” gardening and methods of mulching. Drip irrigation that is also being taught in developing countries is the method of irrigation used in God’s Garden. Learning what to plant, where to plant it and methods of planting different vegetables have been other lessons learned. This knowledge can be taken and used to plant small backyard gardens as well.
Teaching market gardening (gardening to sell your produce) is also a focus of God’s Garden. Because market gardening requires so many diverse skills, it is a great way to get experience in the fields of marketing, business management, organizational development, agriculture, horticulture, and education. Not to mention the experience also happens to look great on a résumé.
Those needing to serve community service hours have found a place in “God’s Garden.” Some have come to the garden fulfill the community hours ordered to serve and have enjoyed it so much they have continued to return! While serving their hours they are being mentored and educated.
If you are interested in joining the work to provide fresh vegetables, mentor, learn or share your knowledge there are plenty of places for you to serve in God’s Garden!