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Agape Memorial Starting Community Garden
Agape Memorial UMC, in a collaborative effort with Dallas-based nonprofit Promise of Peace, is bringing a community garden to East Dallas. Agape Memorial is located at 5111 Capitol Ave in between Henderson and Fitzhugh avenues in East Dallas.
Promise of Peace seeks simple solutions for stagnant circumstances in urban neighborhoods. Its presence has promoted healthy lifestyles, school success, and positive engagements while transforming lives by building community gardens such as those at White Rock UMC and Alex Sanger Elementary, and now at Agape Memorial UMC.
Promise of Peace’s new initiative, “Plant IT Forward,” will create gardens across Dallas and beyond.
Agape Memorial hopes its garden will bridge generational and societal gaps and help connect the growing and diverse population that the church serves. Its mission: “Growing together on common ground.”
“Our work matters. It matters to families who have limited access to real food,” said Promise of Peace Executive Director Elizabeth Dry. “Today, many children are overfed and undernourished. Our work matters to anyone who wants a healthy, safe future for his or her kids and grandkids.
“Chef Graham Dodds of Dallas’ Central 214 and Hibiscus restaurants is our new food ambassador and will assist us in introducing hundreds of families to real and delicious food,” Dry said.
The Rev. Martha Valencia, Agape pastor, said, “We had been prayerful and working toward connecting with our community, and the community garden came about in such a way that only God could have orchestrated.
“Elizabeth was a member of Agape Memorial as a child with her mother, the late Genoveve Olson. She recently returned to the neighborhood and the church where she would make mud pies as a child, and together we had this vision of a beautiful community garden that could be the beginning of something beautiful. Elizabeth was an answered prayer.”
Consequently, the garden will be called the Agape Garden of Miracles.
Groundbreaking is planned for March, and several fundraisers are planned.
For more information, contact Rev. Valencia at 214-436-3718 or 214-826-8686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.