HEART Village’s 7th Annual Garden Celebration is coming on November 2nd, from 9 am – 2 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and children 12 and under get in free!

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Garden Celebration is just what it sounds like: A celebration of our garden!

Amy, a regular volunteer, pulling carts for nursery customers at Garden Celebration.

Actually, it’s to celebrate a lot more than that…

Here’s what to expect this year:

A Farm-To-Table meal:

Greens and vegetables grown in HEART's gardens being cooked for Garden Celebration

 

World-class instructional sessions:

One of last year's Garden Celebration instructional sessions where a teacher is explaining gardening construction

 

Guided tours of our gardens:

Josh Jamison gives a tour to Garden Celebration attendees.

 

A farm animal petting zoo:

Children and adults pet a young goat at Garden Celebration

 

A Village full of Vendors:

Two Garden Celebration attendees talk in front of a cupcake booth.

 

And of course, the fun that occurs naturally when the community comes together to celebrate God’s providence!

girls smiling at Garden Celebration - HEART Village - Lake Wales, FL - Missionary training - cultural adaptation, problem solving, and community development

 

This year’s Garden Celebration also marks our 25th anniversary as an independent organization!

A Celebration of Bravery – 25 Years Ago

 

October of 1991 marked Dr. Greg Hall’s first Board of Trustee meeting as the second President of Warner Southern College (now known as Warner University). One area of concern in that meeting was what to do with a fledgling program for preparing missionaries for service in developing countries. The HEART (Hunger Education And Resource Training) program was a clear financial liability for the then-struggling Warner Southern.

The Warner board chair had appointed a special committee – chaired by Art Clawson – to study the problems with HEART and to Report to the board in this October meeting. Clawson remembers that the overt concern was weather HEART could meet all the accreditations expectations of any college department.

HEART did meet all the expectations, but the program remained a financial liability. The Chair turned to the new president and asked if Dr. Hall had any thoughts on the issue at hand.

“Please don’t do this. Please don’t do this!” Hall responded to the unstated question of closing HEART in order to save Warner. He went on to convince the Board of Trustees to let him work on the problem and get back to them.

That act of courage ended up saving HEART.

In the next two years, Hall was able to convince the board that the most responsible action was to simply set HEART free. This insured that both the college and HEART could be saved. The Board of Trustees were very pleased.

In 1994 Warner launched HEART as its own 501(C)(3) non-profit institution with its own incorporation papers, bylaws and Board of Directors.