A Little Piece of Eden
Deb Walkemeyer created a community garden that is bringing unity and healthy food options to a Compton neighborhood
Can a garden transform a neighborhood? Indeed it can, says Debra Walkemeyer (DMin ’14, MFT ’92), who sees the evidence almost every day. Last year Deb garnered the support to launch a community garden in an area of Compton, California, that has historically struggled with human trafficking, gang activity, and a lack of healthy food options. Today that garden is drawing wonderfully diverse members of the community together to hoe its beds, grow nutritious produce for their families, and get to know one another in a tranquil space. “It’s a little piece of Eden in a worn-out neighborhood,” says Deb.
Deb credits her Fuller experience with being instrumental not only in helping her develop the garden project, but in giving her a stronger, broader vision for herself as a leader in it.