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Cg planner1 2-7

  1. 1. Something about Eden Turning garden ministry dreams into vegetables, food justice and community impact.
  2. 2. What is it about a garden?
  3. 3. All of “The Earth is the Lord’s,” sure enough, but in a garden we actually notice it .
  4. 4. Do not forget…. <ul><li>When you are living in cities you did not build, </li></ul><ul><li>with houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig </li></ul><ul><li>Vineyards and olive groves you did not plant… </li></ul><ul><li>BE CAREFUL you do no forget the Lord who brought you out of Egypt (and God’s Creation of which you are a part) </li></ul>
  5. 5. There are the basics…
  6. 6. …even blooming heirloom beans…
  7. 7. …and an inspiring location.
  8. 8. Finally… <ul><li>You can have all these, and not have the essence of a congregational garden. </li></ul><ul><li>We remember Eden because of the sixth day. </li></ul>
  9. 9. …God created people, too.
  10. 10. To till and to keep all that was created.
  11. 11. From idea to design <ul><li>Is there a strong desire for a garden? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a strong need for a garden? </li></ul><ul><li>Create connections with these two through: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Vision – forged through listening, prayer. </li></ul><ul><li>2. People – inspired, willing and/or skilled. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Program – tying effort to congregation’s recognized efforts at mission, outreach, justice </li></ul>
  12. 12. 1. Vision <ul><li>Clarify – what kind of garden? </li></ul>
  13. 13. People enjoying plants?
  14. 14. Setting for reflection?
  15. 15. Produce a few vegetables?
  16. 16. Produce lots of vegetables
  17. 17. 1. Vision <ul><li>2. For what community need? </li></ul><ul><li>Gardening space & guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting space less scary than “real church” </li></ul><ul><li>Basic food for hungry people </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy, seasonal, diverse foods for people who want to better live their hopes, values </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Youth leadership development </li></ul>
  18. 18. Seasonal cooking sparks Creation care imagination
  19. 19. Marketing food teaches many lessons about work, service, values, choices
  20. 20. 2. People <ul><li>Artists… writers… scavengers… advocates… community contacts… social media netizens… worship planners… landscape designers… </li></ul><ul><li>… … and enough actual gardeners/farmers to have fun solving problems, growing, distributing, explaining and deepening the experience. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Artists to unlock imagination…
  22. 22. …and capture it…
  23. 23. …down to the finest detail.
  24. 24. 3. Program… <ul><li>… lets people connect with vision </li></ul><ul><li>to innovate new ministry </li></ul>
  25. 25. Program elements <ul><li>Essentials: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Discern God’s intent for the inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>2. Locate accountability (admin, fiscal) </li></ul><ul><li>3. D evelop fit within congregational mission, life and regular communication flow </li></ul><ul><li>4. Go garden! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Sunflower circle, for instance
  27. 27. Youth girls prepped, led planting
  28. 28. Kids planted
  29. 29. Everybody prays it into life
  30. 30. Sustainable Infrastructure <ul><li>Building healthy soil </li></ul><ul><li>- Cover crops, crop rotation, mulch, composting </li></ul><ul><li>Joyful, worshipful “work” environment </li></ul><ul><li>- Begin with benches, shade and accomodations </li></ul><ul><li>Storing tools & supplies </li></ul><ul><li>- Convenience v. cost </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating on site </li></ul>
  31. 31. Buckwheat to stop weeds
  32. 32. Weed-free oats-buckwheat mix
  33. 33. Shade is crucial for people
  34. 34. ...especially with tables, benches
  35. 35. Woodchips for paths, foundation
  36. 36. Leaves for mulching, compost
  37. 37. Winter will come…
  38. 38. … only the beginning of Biblical illustrations from this sacred space
  39. 39. Free online resources <ul><li>Garden/farm ministry planning </li></ul><ul><li>Is Your Church Ready for a Garden? Flourish mag. 2/2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Starting a congregational garden: questions to ask From Kidsgetalife.org </li></ul><ul><li>Community gardening 
  RebelTomato site: planning> harvest > education  Master Gardeners via Cooperative Extension </li></ul>
  40. 40. Serious food ministries <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Lord, bless our fields so we will never lack their fruits.

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