NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Remember the dove-shaped seed card that came in the bookmark announcing Bethel College’s new tagline, “Seek. Serve. Grow.”?
While the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, popped up as the perfect time for a communal planting of the wildflower seeds and the official opening celebration for Sand Creek Community Gardens on Bethel’s campus, heavy rains postponed the event until Tuesday, May 4.
The Office of Student Life and the Environmental Action Club invite all students, faculty and staff to come to the gardens – located just south of the mods and east of Bethel College Mennonite Church – that day at 11:45 a.m. Bring your seed card – if you misplaced it, planted it elsewhere or never got one, there will be additional cards available for planting.
The brief celebration will feature remarks from John Sheriff, Bethel interim president, and Duane Friesen, retired Bethel professor of Bible and religion who has major responsibility for organizing and overseeing the gardens, a prayer led by Dale Schrag, campus pastor, music from Maggie Goering and Allison Yoder, and refreshments.
All participating gardeners and members of the Sand Creek Community Gardens Advisory Council are invited to attend the opening as well.
Come see the new rosebush beds and composting area that students helped create on Service Day, discover what’s already growing in the garden plots and help the community celebrate Earth Day.