Food is God’s love made nutritious and delicious, given for the good of each other.
Increasing adequate and equitable access to healthy, nutritious food is one of the most fundamental ways we can serve our neighbors. In Kitsap County, 11.6% of all people and 17.4% of kids in 2017 experienced food insecurity. Also, 32.8% of people in Kitsap county have low access to grocery stores, making it that much harder to access fresh fruits and vegetables. By growing produce to give to others, we are breaking these barriers and changing these statistics.
We believe God calls us to take care of His creation, so we are dedicated to organic practices that conserve and restore the natural resources around us. We believe that growing food locally and organically is not only beneficial to those eating the food, but also to the greater community of rocks, trees, soil, and non-human animals that surround us.
Our faith is the inspiration for this entire ministry. Yes, of course you don’t have to be Christian to grow and give produce, but God’s love is the example and motivation for our mission to love our community (both human and non-human). By providing food for those who need it, we are given the opportunity to share our knowledge and love of the ultimate sustainer, our Lord and Savior.
Getting food from field to table is the most important religious act we perform. Every day, taking our sustenance from the earth and from the bodies of other animals, we enter deeply into the mystery of creation. Eating is practical theology, or it should be; daily it gives us the opportunity to honor God with our bodies. Our never-failing hunger is a steady reminder to acknowledge God as the Giver of every good gift.
The question that must be addressed is not how to care for the planet, but how to care for each of the planet’s millions of human and natural neighborhoods, each of its millions of small pieces and parcels of land, each one of which is in some precious way different from all the others.
At it’s best, eating is a sharing and welcoming movement that makes room for others… We don’t really understand food until we perceive, receive, and taste it in terms of its origin and end in God as the one who provides for, communes with, and ultimately reconciles creation. Food is God’s love made nutritious and delicious, given for the good of each other. The mundane act of eating is thus a daily invitation to move responsibly and gratefully within this given life. It is a summons to commune with the divine Life that is presupposed and made manifest in every bite.
Check back later once we have plants in the ground in order to see what we are growing!
We are still in the early stages of developing our garden and determining who will be receiving our food, but if you know of people in need, please reach out to us!
Let’s get some gardening stuff!
We are going to be having an ongoing garden fundraiser in order to get the garden up and running. A lot of pieces go into a garden, and we need help to purchase things from gardening gloves to a drip irrigation system. Every little bit helps!
In order to donate, you can go here, enter the dollar amount you would like to give, and select “Community Garden #3271” in the drop down menu.
Thank you! See you in the garden.
If you have not already signed up to be a part of our garden volunteer email group, please contact David and Stephanie Sweeney by emailing email@example.com. Thanks!
If you are not able to volunteer with us or donate to our ministry, you can still be one of our ministry members by keeping us in your daily prayers. This garden will take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to be successful, and we are always in need of prayer.
Specific prayer requests:
- Pray that the labor of our hands be done for the glory of God and the good of our community
- Pray that as we make big decisions in the early stages of this ministry that they would lead to the flourishing of this garden
- Pray for our ministry leaders as they stress over the small details in hopes of blessing our church and community
- Pray for those who are hungry and/or struggling to get food on their tables