WILMORE — 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 the spring, 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. Additionally, the community garden will serve as a living laboratory to teach spiritual principles of personal devotion, discipleship and multicultural community building.
The foundation has contributed more than $136,000 to Asbury Seminary to support student scholarships and other initiatives.