Monday, September 30, 2013

Summoned Towards Wholeness

This weekend I went down to the Summoned Towards Wholeness conference at Duke Divinity school. It was a conference that brought people that wanted to make gardening and farming a task that was pleasing to the Lord again. They wanted to be stewards of the earth God gave us, wanted to make for the bodies we have and what we put in our bodies, and wanted farming to be the holy enterprise it had always been. Speakers ranged from university professors, ECHO farmers, Kentucky meat producers, pastors, writers, musicians, and poets. 

We got to see how Anathoth community gardens is working to reconcile race relations through the amazing garden they have. Food was delicious. Conversations with other attendees was great and so encouraging to see people really excited for food and more importantly on fire for Christ. For as much information was thrown at us it was nice to be able to unpack each session with the three folks I traveled down with: Kayla, Kaley, and Chris. I hope one day that our gardens in Marion will have a great impact on the people of this town. 

If you guys want to know more about our trip or just our gardens feel free to ask in the comments. I will be sure to get back to you.
Joel Salatin and the girls

FolkPsalm musical group

Delicious hog diner
Anathoth Community Garden

Anathoth chickens!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Job vs. Work

My job these days is to harvest the unbelievable amount of produce still coming in everyday and advertising for the Harvest Party that is getting closer everyday. For the most part I enjoy my job. I love being able to interact with people as I try to get donations for watermelon. I enjoy Bringing vegetables to Victory Acres, St. Martin's, and the Community Gardens farmer's market. Going out to the garden everyday to see the growth that is occurring being a part of it is refreshing.

 More often though I lose sight of what I am doing and who I am doing it for because I myself get in the way. I get frustrated when all manner of biting insects want to drink my blood and invade my eyes as I get rid of rotten tomatoes. I think of ways to avoid picking up all of the apples that have fallen that now house hundreds of bees. I also take credit for the produce and the growth when God has made it happen despite that I am here.

I am quick to forget that I did not and still do not know much about growing a garden or managing people. I have been blessed with great interns and a teacher in Grace Miller who have all been more then patient. God has given us a great summer that got enough rain and was not to hot that our crops could do as well as they have. My job here at alliance garden might be intern manager but my work is and always needs to be bringing glory to God and loving his creation. If you get the chance feel free to keep me accountable in this.

On Thursday Kayla Johnson from LLC, Kayley Necessary from CCA, Chris Young from Prasco, and I are headed to a conference called Summoned Towards Wholeness
at Duke Divinity school to learn about Christian stewardship in many different ways. I am super excited and I would love for your prayers to be that the Holy Spirit can move in us and make this trip the best it can be.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

LLC Help

As school has started up our interns are not able to come out and help with the gardens as often. Luckily we have a partnership with the Living Learning Community. This is a new project that the school is working on where students live in a house together and focus on living sustainably and building community. The girls live in the house that Paige, Sydni, and Alyssa lived in earlier and they come out for a few hours to help with our gardens.
Autumn Joy, one of the girls of the LLC
Like myself they have not had lots of experience but they are excited and willing to help.

Kayla Johnson helping out
 Kayla Johnson is in charge of the house and will be a great mentor for these girls. You will be seeing them helping out at our Harvest Party October 12th from 2PM to 8PM at our 46th st. garden.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Taste of Marion Cont.

This is us at the Taste of Marion. Thanks to Mrs. Chapman for the picture!

Taste of Marion/ Wednesday Produce Sale

For three weeks now John Chapman and I have had a booth in the Student Center giving away our produce, asking for donations, and promoting the Gardens. We are there Wednesdays from 11AM to 1PM. It has been a great experience as we can show the students and faculty just how good of a summer it has been. The people that come by have been extremely generous and usually love our produce. All of the produce we do not sell is sent to St. Martins on Branson St. and 9th. They take all of it and it has been so neat seeing that this food can be a blessing and nothing goes to waste. This past Friday was the Taste of Marion. We almost missed out on this great opportunity for promotion due to a communication mix up. But God is good and He continues to take care of us. We gave away tomatoes and handouts for the Harvest Party on October 12th from 2-8PM.
Our promos for CCA and LLC

Flyers that will be put in businesses around town

Do not have a camera right now so pictures might be few for awhile
We started off with two hundred and ran out in the first hour, a good problem to have. We got more and gave out another hundred before the day was over. We are all excited for the Harvest Party and want as many as we can get to come out.