- The basic idea of sustainable living is to foster a lifestyle that is affordable and continuing. When our church's members learned about sustainability, we turned by default to gardening at home. Unfortunately, many of us discovered the limitation of depending on yourself and your own expertise in developing prospering gardens. The answer is community gardening, but it must be a community of trust rather than an alliance of strangers. It must also be a community rooted in God's ways. God's Green Garden is an experiment in permaculture, a system of agricultural and organizational principles centered on simulating the patterns and features observed in creation. Just like God's created world, a permaculture garden is organized to thrive with minimal labor or interference.
is at Heartland Worship Center in Camdenton where that congregation is building a community garden to serve its members. Phase one will establish a core group to invest in a crop, see it through to harvest, and sell excess production to other church members. Profits from that excess production will be used to expand the garden in the next phase to create additional profit centers that members can own as mini business enterprises. Production of the project might include: Trees and Shrubs - Flowers - Vegetables and Herbs - Fruits and Nuts - Mushrooms - Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Quail - Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Pigs - Alpaca - Bees - Talapia, Catfish - Bait products (worms, minnows, leeches)
A Sustainable Model For Church Communities
- Once we have built a successful church enterprise at Heartland Worship Center, the goal of God's Green Garden is to teach other congregations to do the same. The vision is for any church that desires it to have its own source of wholesome food and a church-wide food production enterprise to enhance the wealth of its members.
Taking It Home
- Participants in the project will be able to take what they learn and implement it at home. Even a small property can be developed to produce enough food to feed a family. In some cases, these techniques can even create new home business enterprises. These businesses might include permaculture consulting, fish hatcheries, bio-char production and distribution, small orchards, and more.
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