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Hungry Mother partners with a nearby Methodist congregation on a community garden, Sprouting Hope. Campers get to learn about growing organic produce and taste fresh food. Last year they grew 8,000 pounds of produce.


The children love it, he said. They get to witness


firsthand how chickens lay eggs and the basics about food production. “We have trails and creeks and outdoor beauty,”


Stevens said. “Our garden is another facet of what we offer here. It makes us a little unique in that respect.” In addition to the garden, Hungry Mother is home


to beehives. Stevens, a former beekeeper, donated some of his hives to the camp and purchased more for a total of four. “What better of God’s creatures to have at a garden than some local pollinators? It’s a natural way to discuss things,” he said. After summer camp, the garden is maintained


by volunteers and food is distributed through two food pantries in Marion. In spring 2016, Sprouting Hope grew 8,000 pounds of produce, with about 450 families benefiting from the harvest. “Food has the power to heal and to bridge


communities,” said Robert Kell, director of Sprouting Hope. “On a local level, Sprouting Hope is concerned about community healing and personal empowerment. It’s spiritually motivated.”


Cindy Uken is a veteran, award-winning reporter based in Palm Springs, Calif. She has worked at USA Today, as well as newspapers in South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and California.


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