October 6, 2016

Cool Congregation Gardens – Cornerstone Edibles Small Farm

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Cornerstone Edibles Small Farm is a project of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Naples Florida.   Their mission is to help each other interact with creation and community by building a new Eden. The goal of their farming is not only the raising of crops but the cultivation and sanctification of human beings. Their community-oriented garden and grove is the land that supports our farm-to-table agriculture, nutrition education, and faith-rooted initiatives. Proceeds from their community vegetables, herbs and soon to be tropical fruit sales support this valued community work.

Their challenge was to create a working, educational, organic vegetable garden. Within 2 years they created a small size farm where they are now planting 30-40 vegetables, 90 tropical fruit trees and 20 herbs. Propagation, grafting classes and tree identification are offered weekly.

Proceeds are distributed on a weekly basis during season to church members after both services, to their local community and laborers based upon need not want. A monthly gathering in the field “Farm To Table” potluck is a perfect opportunity for the unchurched, marginalized and friends of Cornerstone Edibles to join them for a meal and conversation.

Check out a video about their program

 

 

Cornerstone United Methodist Church entered this project into the Cool Congregations Challenge.  If you have a great project going on at your congregation enter it into the 2016 challenge an you could win your congregation $1,000!

October 2, 2014

Harvesting Hands

Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light runs a program call Harvesting Hands which works to provide food to people in need.

Every year in the United States between 40% and 50% of all food that is produced and ready for harvest is wasted. That means that for every square mile of corn that is grown, every gallon of milk that is produced or animal that is raised an identical one ends up in the landfill. Not only is this wasteful but it places an heavy and unnecessary burden on the planet.

Food production has one of the largest harmful impacts on the environment through fertilizer and pesticide run off, soil erosion and emission of green house gases. A recent U.N. study found that livestock alone accounts for more green house gas emissions than the entire global transportation sector combined. In the mean time many of our neighbors who are dependent on food shelters for their meals struggle to find fresh, whole and healthy food on their plates.

Harvesting Hands is a volunteer based program that works to address both of these issues in Kentucky’s local food system by gathering (or gleaning) fresh excess produce and turning it into a valuable resource for our neighbors in need. They glean from both farmer’s markets and local farms.

Through this action they not only help to provide healthy food to those in need but they also honor the fossil fuel resources that are used in producing the food.

Often farmers or vegetable sellers overestimate the amount of food they need to grow or sell. Traditionally that food is trashed and then contributes to higher carbon emissions. The Harvesting Hands program helps to harvest that unused food by going to farms and picking the excess or collecting it from farmers markets.

Run by volunteers, Harvesting Hands reduces waste and is building a more sustainable food future.

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October 2, 2014

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Did you know that 40% of America’s food is wasted?

North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light partnered with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle program to help get some of that wasted food into the homes of people who need it most. In 2013, the Food Shuttle distributed over 7.1 million pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste.

In addition to food distribution, the organization works with schools to provide food to children from food-insecure homes. They also do door-to-door distribution of fresh produce and groceries to seniors.

By saving unused food from going into landfills, NC IPL and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle are helping reduce carbon emissions and combat hunger in North Carolina.
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