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  • 1. Something about Eden Turning garden ministry dreams into vegetables, food justice and community impact.
  • 2. What is it about a garden?
  • 3. All of “The Earth is the Lord’s,” sure enough, but in a garden we actually notice it .
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. There are the basics…
  • 6. …even blooming heirloom beans…
  • 7. …and an inspiring location.
  • 8. Finally…
    • You can have all these, and not have the essence of a congregational garden.
    • We remember Eden because of the sixth day.
  • 9. …God created people, too.
  • 10. To till and to keep all that was created.
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 1. Vision
    • Clarify – what kind of garden?
  • 13. People enjoying plants?
  • 14. Setting for reflection?
  • 15. Produce a few vegetables?
  • 16. Produce lots of vegetables
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Seasonal cooking sparks Creation care imagination
  • 19. Marketing food teaches many lessons about work, service, values, choices
  • 20. 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.
  • 21. Artists to unlock imagination…
  • 22. …and capture it…
  • 23. …down to the finest detail.
  • 24. 3. Program…
    • … lets people connect with vision
    • to innovate new ministry
  • 25. 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!
  • 26. Sunflower circle, for instance
  • 27. Youth girls prepped, led planting
  • 28. Kids planted
  • 29. Everybody prays it into life
  • 30. 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
  • 31. Buckwheat to stop weeds
  • 32. Weed-free oats-buckwheat mix
  • 33. Shade is crucial for people
  • 34. ...especially with tables, benches
  • 35. Woodchips for paths, foundation
  • 36. Leaves for mulching, compost
  • 37. Winter will come…
  • 38. … only the beginning of Biblical illustrations from this sacred space
  • 39. 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
  • 40. 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.
  • 41. Lord, bless our fields so we will never lack their fruits.