Apache Reservations, United States

Whiteriver Community Garden

The gardening program in Whiteriver, Arizona uses Jesus’ parables to inspire and educate children and families about gardening and the gospel. Health concerns on the reservations are addressed by combining basic gardening skill lessons with games, meals, and bible studies in a peaceful, productive environment. Together with Kingdom Workers volunteers, they pray for rain, blessings on the harvest, and peace for families. The benefits of this program extend beyond just feeding and nourishing the body to feeding and nourishing the soul.


122 people served


71% of participants agree with the statement, “I eat foods that are healthy for me.”


86% agree with the statement, “I can pray with my friends.”

Growing faith through gardening

"We use the parables of Jesus to teach how to grow, and it's great because the parables inform the gardening, and the gardening informs the parables."

- Anna Kingdom Workers volunteer

Benefits of garden-based learning

Garden-based learning brings a whole host of holistic benefits to each program participant. Working together as a team teaches children the value of cooperation, teamwork, and hard work which benefits their emotional health. As children learn how to grow their own healthy food they learn the benefits of eating well and nutritional health is improved. Through gospel-based lessons the love of Jesus impacts participants' spiritual health.


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