We will look for Christ in one another while sharing meals with strangers and friends. We will help hungry people in our neighborhood, city, and world set their tables with healthy food.
This goal, coming out of a long interest in food issues by members of our congregation,was adopted by our leadership last year. But to accomplish any goal, you need a plan. How would we engage in the work it takes to make this goal a reality? Time and time again, as this goal was shared, the idea of a community garden kept appearing. And in one early attempt to judge interest in such a garden, more than 30 people signed up to say they’d water and weed!
So on May 18, 2013, we – along with our neighbors on Chamberlayne Avenue – created a few raised beds and planted our first community garden. It is a small start, but one of our members shared big dreams for the future of this new space. “Neighbors and congregation members working side-by-side, growing healthy food. Neighbors and congregation members teaching each other how to cook and preserve the harvest, side-by-side, in GPPC’s kitchen. Neighbors and congregation members sharing meals together, laughing, talking, crying, side-by-side. Healthier neighbors and congregation members with more energy to lead active lifestyles, exercising in the fellowship hall (or running) together, side-by-side. The distinction between residents of Chamberlayne Avenue and GPPC members would fade away. An outside observer would just see the relationships between all of God’s children. Food and relationships, cultivated, side-by-side. It’s a big dream, I know, but I think that is what Jesus meant when he said, ‘Feed my sheep‘.”
To learn more about community garden and healthy food initiatives, click on any of the links below.
Let’s Move focuses on the many ways that families, communities and individuals can make changes which promote better health.
This tool offered by the US Department of Agriculture can help us see the “food deserts” in our city, state and country.
The Urban Organic Gardener website