Famine to Feast: The Story of Anathoth Community Garden

by Fred Bahnson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010 The story of Anathoth Community Garden really begins with a murder. On a June afternoon in 2004, Bill King was closing up his shop on the corner of Mill Creek and Carr Store roads when someone … [Read more...]

Beyond the “Green” Commandments

By Dave Timmer Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 Recently I watched a news clip of a woman plugging her new book on “green” living from a faith perspective. Like so many others, her book gives ideas for living a “green” … [Read more...]

Is Life Too Fast? Try Making Some Yogurt.

Sometimes it is everything we can do to slow down. The speedy pace of life can feel like a fast-moving current that will pick us up and carry us with it if we are not careful. The consensus around us is not not one of rest and Sabbath-taking, but one … [Read more...]

Good Comes from a Grateful Heart

Lisa Graham McMinn

By Lisa Graham McMinn Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   I used to think being a responsible shopper meant that I was frugal with our family dollars. So I clipped coupons and shopped where I could get the best deals on canned tomatoes, … [Read more...]

Ann Cooper: Lunch Lady on a Mission

Chef Ann Cooper is trying to change the way kids eat school lunch. If your school cafeterias were anything like mine there wasn't a whole lot of difference between getting your food from the cafeteria and getting your food from a gas station. They … [Read more...]

Three Films About Food

If you've ever wondered how much mercury the tuna you are eating has in it, why farmers have to buy new seed every year, why so many things in the grocery store have corn in them, what the buzz is behind the local food movement, or any other of a … [Read more...]

The Liturgy of a Garden Year

Pile of winter squash and pumpkins.

by Erin Tuttle [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] We live by mercy if we live. To that we have no fit reply But working well and giving thanks, Loving … [Read more...]

A Rooted People: Church, Place, and Agriculture in an Urban World

by Chris Smith [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Many of humanity’s problems stem from our tendency to live in such a way that we imagine … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Canning the Summer Garden’s Gems

By Christiana Peterson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Canning is a method of preserving food invented by a confectioner and brewer in 19th century France when the government offered money to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve … [Read more...]

Ten Ways to Grow Your Own Food(shed)

Rows of plants in a farm field.

by Tom Peterson [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] You may have already connected with your area farmers by eating some of their delicious peaches or … [Read more...]

Fresh from the Farm: Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Peppers and potatoes for sale at a local farmers market.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Asparagus spears that are crisp and freshly pulled from the earth. Peaches with sweetness; blueberries with tang. Onions … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Barbara Kingsolver on genuine “food culture”

Boy eating an apple in an apple orchard.

A food culture is not something that gets sold to people. It arises out of a place, a soil, a climate, a history, a temperament, a collective sense of belonging ... At its heart, a genuine food culture is an affinity between people and the land that … [Read more...]

The Bounty of Community Supported Agriculture

by Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Is it Christmas already?! Nope. But this is indeed a bounty of red and green gifts. They came … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Eat What’s in Season; Eat What’s Delicious

By Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Though January is often the time for making resolutions, when it comes to the practice of seasonal eating, the spring and summer months are, for many folks, the best time to start. It’s a … [Read more...]