Our work began in 2004 when in response to a nearby murder a local woman, Scnobia Taylor, donated five acres of land to Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. We take our name, Anathoth, from a Biblical passage where the prophet Jeremiah summons the Israelites to “plant gardens” and “seek the peace of the city” in response to violence (Jeremiah 29).
We envision people of faith engaging with root causes of violence, poverty, and malnutrition in rural communities by working collaboratively to create a more just, sustainable, and equitable food system.
Our mission is to heal divisions between neighbors and the land by growing food together in Cedar Grove, NC.
We do this by:
- Growing and distributing sustainably-raised vegetables through a sliding-scale Community Supported Agriculture program
- Teaching adult interns agrarian theology and equipping them to heal divisions in their own communities
- Employing local teenagers, including some with a history as juvenile offenders
- Fostering community by facilitating workdays, potlucks, worship services, and celebrations