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    • Something about Eden Turning garden ministry dreams into vegetables, food justice and community impact.
    • What is it about a garden?
    • All of “The Earth is the Lord’s,” sure enough, but in a garden we actually notice it .
    • Do not forget….
      • When you are living in cities you did not build,
      • with houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig
      • Vineyards and olive groves you did not plant…
      • BE CAREFUL you do no forget the Lord who brought you out of Egypt (and God’s Creation of which you are a part)
    • There are the basics…
    • …even blooming heirloom beans…
    • …and an inspiring location.
    • Finally…
      • You can have all these, and not have the essence of a congregational garden.
      • We remember Eden because of the sixth day.
    • …God created people, too.
    • To till and to keep all that was created.
    • From idea to design
      • Is there a strong desire for a garden?
      • Is there a strong need for a garden?
      • Create connections with these two through:
      • 1. Vision – forged through listening, prayer.
      • 2. People – inspired, willing and/or skilled.
      • 3. Program – tying effort to congregation’s recognized efforts at mission, outreach, justice
    • 1. Vision
      • Clarify – what kind of garden?
    • People enjoying plants?
    • Setting for reflection?
    • Produce a few vegetables?
    • Produce lots of vegetables
    • 1. Vision
      • 2. For what community need?
      • Gardening space & guidance
      • Meeting space less scary than “real church”
      • Basic food for hungry people
      • Healthy, seasonal, diverse foods for people who want to better live their hopes, values
      • Entrepreneurial opportunities
      • Youth leadership development
    • Seasonal cooking sparks Creation care imagination
    • Marketing food teaches many lessons about work, service, values, choices
    • 2. People
      • Artists… writers… scavengers… advocates… community contacts… social media netizens… worship planners… landscape designers…
      • … … and enough actual gardeners/farmers to have fun solving problems, growing, distributing, explaining and deepening the experience.
    • Artists to unlock imagination…
    • …and capture it…
    • …down to the finest detail.
    • 3. Program…
      • … lets people connect with vision
      • to innovate new ministry
    • Program elements
      • Essentials:
      • 1. Discern God’s intent for the inspiration
      • 2. Locate accountability (admin, fiscal)
      • 3. D evelop fit within congregational mission, life and regular communication flow
      • 4. Go garden!
    • Sunflower circle, for instance
    • Youth girls prepped, led planting
    • Kids planted
    • Everybody prays it into life
    • Sustainable Infrastructure
      • Building healthy soil
      • - Cover crops, crop rotation, mulch, composting
      • Joyful, worshipful “work” environment
      • - Begin with benches, shade and accomodations
      • Storing tools & supplies
      • - Convenience v. cost
      • Communicating on site
    • Buckwheat to stop weeds
    • Weed-free oats-buckwheat mix
    • Shade is crucial for people
    • ...especially with tables, benches
    • Woodchips for paths, foundation
    • Leaves for mulching, compost
    • Winter will come…
    • … only the beginning of Biblical illustrations from this sacred space
    • Free online resources
      • Garden/farm ministry planning
      • Is Your Church Ready for a Garden? Flourish mag. 2/2010
      • Starting a congregational garden: questions to ask From Kidsgetalife.org
      • Community gardening 
  RebelTomato site: planning> harvest > education  Master Gardeners via Cooperative Extension
    • Serious food ministries
      • Church garden network - Ann Arbor MI churches (supported by 3 nonprofits dedicated to community building, hunger relief & peacemaking) commit 50% of garden food to local food pantries.
      • That’s my farmer! - Eugene, OR Honors dozens of sustainable farmers by connecting them with direct-sale customers and supports low-income families to buy.
    • Lord, bless our fields so we will never lack their fruits.