Many thanks to summer intern Carrie Moses, who is collecting stories and reflections throughout the summer. Carrie interviewed Ali, so their voices are interwoven throughout this piece. “I am my best self at Anathoth.” -Angel Woodrum “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act…Be still before […] → Continue Reading Meet Anathoth apprentice Angel Woodrum!
Many thanks to summer intern Carrie Moses, who is collecting stories and reflections throughout the summer. Carrie interviewed Ali, so their voices are interwoven throughout this piece. What’s on the menu today, Ali? “Today’s menu consists of fresh bread, my mom’s famous mac and cheese with sautéed kale and spring onions straight from the garden, as well as apple cabbage honey lime coleslaw.” We are given opportunities in life to embrace God’s character when we take a leap of faith, trusting […] → Continue Reading Meet Summer Intern Ali Savage!
We are re-introducing this letter for new members, and as an inspiration-refresher for continuing members: As you get into the rhythm of eating through the farm season, here is our vision for how the CSA can shape your life. I wrote a version of this letter to the ministers participating in HarvestShare, through a special program with Life Around the Table and the Duke Endowment. We realized it’s a vision we should share with all HarvestShare members: It’s a joy to invite you into a season of […] → Continue Reading Dear HarvestShare members
By Julia Sendor, for the Duke Center for Reconciliation January 2018 Newsletter Find the newsletter, including a reflection from Anathoth neighbor and co-founder Valee Tayler, here. Every week for two years, my colleague or I dropped a box of fresh vegetables, harvested from Anathoth Community Garden & Farm, at a concrete- block house stuck in a corner of a farm field in Cedar Grove, rural Orange County. In all that time, the front window has stayed broken and never […] → Continue Reading How Will We Be Transformed?
At Anathoth, we mourned the loss and gave deep thanks for the life of Geof Gledhill. Geof passed away in December. He was one of the founding visionaries of the garden, a long-time board member, and a very long-time friend of so many in the Anathoth community. Here is a reflection from Chas Edens: “This past Saturday (Dec. 16), I lost a neighbor, a close friend and mentor. Geof Gledhill exemplified the values I first read about in the essays […] → Continue Reading Remembering Geof Gledhill
This week (Dec. 6, 2017), HarvestShare members can choose a cut of venison: extraordinarily healthy protein from deer hunted at the farm. The venison comes thanks to HarvestShare member Rob Gray and his organization, Orange County Outdoors Ministry. After learning about Anathoth’s mission at Efland United Methodist two years ago, Rob reached out to partner with us: to help us manage deer damage, while providing venison to as many HarvestShare participants as possible. Rob lives in Efland with his wife Staci, and […] → Continue Reading Meet Rob Gray and Orange County Outdoors Ministry
(Find the full essay, and persimmon pudding recipe, at the link) “Hold on a minute, let me get the recipe. Can you hold a minute?” I held a minute. “Found it on the first look. Alright, you know you need really ripe persimmons, right?” I knew that. “First, run ’em through a colander…” Nana kept her persimmon pudding recipe closely. I’d phoned her in the fall of 2012 for instructions on the pudding, prompted by a food writing class assignment […] → Continue Reading From “Persimmon Notes” By Laura Fieselman
How does a commitment like HarvestShare shape you? How does committing to a piece of land, to the people who work the land, and to your fellow eaters bring rhythms of wholeness and love to your life? At the recent Life Around the Table Retreat, I led a workshop on “Receiving the CSA as a Spiritual Discipline.” With a CSA, people are often quick to notice what’s easy (“I love strawberries!”) vs. what’s hard (“How do I get my kids […] → Continue Reading Homemade HarvestShare Prayers
We are thrilled to welcome Micah Smalley to Anathoth! Through a new partnership with the Johnson Service Corps (through the Episcopal Service Corps), Micah will spend the next year at Anathoth learning about, participating in, and deepening our farming and communications work. Come out to a workday and help us welcome Micah! Here’s her own introduction: Hi everybody, my name is Micah Smalley and I’m doing an internship with Anathoth for just about a year through the Johnson Service Corps! I’m from […] → Continue Reading Meet new intern, Micah Smalley
By HarvestShare member Denise Waters, part of the clergy HarvestShare program through Life Around the Table. Denise is the Croasdaile Village Life Enrichment Director and Chaplain’s Associate. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story, Denise! Magic happens at Anathoth Community Gardens and Farm every week, but nowhere is that magic so evident as in homegrown tomato sandwich days at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community. This nearly two decades long tradition generates much excitement every year and has grown large enough to need […] → Continue Reading “If I could just have…” Magic Happens: Homegrown Tomato Sandwich Days at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community