Good News Gardens
A collaboration with the Diocese of Western Michigan and Plainsong Farm, the Good News Gardens movement grows good food for God’s people using church-owned property.
You are invited to join a cohort of congregations across our two dioceses, working to grow good food and grow stronger relationships with God, our neighbors, and with one another as disciples of Jesus.
A partnership with Plainsong Farm, the members of our Good News Gardens cohort receive starter seedlings, weekly garden education with co-founder Mike Edwardson, and weekly theological reflection with co-founder, the Rev. Nurya Love Parish. The network is open to any congregation, whether you’re continuing a garden or starting your first one.
As people who study scripture, we know that life begins and is restored in a garden. Our experience in the garden enables us to grow as God’s people. The food we grow together can help feed our people and our neighbors.
- Space for a 75-foot garden plot in full sun and with access to watering (sprinkler system, hose, or reliable volunteers!)
- A designated coordinator to serve as point person and program lead.
- A team of volunteers (3 or more, any age) to provide garden care throughout the growing season.
- Prayer and support for the garden team from the wider congregation.
Church Cohort Resources And Lessons
Your Growing Season
- PREPARING – Identify the space for your garden and your growing team. Consider how you will distribute your produce (food pantries, etc.)
- LAST WEEK OF MAY – Regional distributions of seedling packs to cohort congregations. Drop-off locations will be determined by the geographical spread of the network. Click here for a list of provided seedlings.
- FIRST WEEK OF JUNE – Plant seedlings.
- WEEKLY – Plainsong Farm Co-founder, Mike Edwardson, sends out a weekly live Q&A and video to the cohort with garden education and live Q&A.
- WEEKLY – Plainsong Farm Co-founder, the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, sends out a weekly live Q&A and video to the cohort with theological reflection on the relationship between discipleship, environmental literacy, and access to healthy food.
- WEEKLY – The congregation prays for their growing team and for the people that will be fed. The team shares their experience and theological learnings with the wider congregation.
- TWICE PER WEEK – The garden is tended by the growing team and any community partners.
- MIDSEASON – Check-in and program evaluation with the cohort.
- LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL – Harvesting! Share your bounty with your neighbors, a step towards improving community health and self-sufficiency.
- OCTOBER – Final check-in and program evaluation with the cohort.