We are very excited to invite any and all congregations to join the 2021 Good News Gardens cohort of the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan.
This program is our local expression of a churchwide movement empowering congregations to use their land assets to grow good food for the Kingdom. This initiative is made possible through a partnership between the dioceses and Plainsong Farm, an Episcopal and Ecumenical ministry of the Diocese of Western Michigan.
First piloted in 2020 as part of our long-term response to the economic impacts of the pandemic, last year’s Good News Gardens network convened twenty communities across the Mitten to grow over a thousand pounds of produce to be distributed to their neighbors through local food pantries, community partnerships, and more. And we can’t wait to convene once again!
Throughout the season, each participating congregation will have opportunities to learn growing techniques from Plainsong’s lead farmer, to check in with one another in the cohort, and to share in bible study amongst their local team and wider congregation. The Good News Gardens cohort is open to all – congregations with existing community gardens and those breaking ground for the first time, as well as congregations with space on their physical property and those that house their plots off-site.
This email is packed with information about the 2021 growing season, including an upcoming opportunity for a live Q&A, distribution schedules, Bible Study curriculum, optional add-ons and so much more.
Please consider joining us! We can’t wait to get planting together.