In 2005 Bill King was murdered at his bait and tackle store down the road from the current community garden site. In response, Cedar Grove United Methodist Church
held a prayer vigil for healing and peace at the site of the murder. At the prayer vigil two visions came together:
Scenobia Taylor, an African-American woman, had a vision to donate 5 acres of her family’s land to the church for the healing of the community; Rev. Grace Hackney, the pastor of the predominately white church, was exploring ways that the community could reconcile with the land by growing food sustainably.
Due in large part to
the skill and dedication of our first director, Fred Bahnson, and the amazing efforts of neighbors from all across the region, Scenobia’s and Grace’s vision grew into Anathoth Community Garden. Our name is derived from the place in the story of Jeremiah 29, where Jeremiah purchases a field and summons the exiled Israelites to make peace by planting gardens.
Like Jeremiah, Anathoth has a vision of holistic reconciliation, shalom, in which relationships with all creatures are redeemed to their fullness.Our mission is to cultivate peace by using good food and sustainable agriculture to connect people with their neighbors, the land, and God.