Over the past eight years we have learned a lot about the challenges of starting and sustaining a faith-based garden ministry. We have provided consultation to other churches and organizations along the way and we would be happy to work with your group, too. Below is a sample itinerary based on what we have put together in the past.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________EXAMPLE ITINERARY FOR A PLANNING RETREAT
(in Cedar Grove)9:00-9:30am:
Breakfast at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church 9:30am-10:30am:
-prayer and reflection centered on why the Church should be engaged in growing and sharing food and caring for creation
Models of church supported agriculture.
-examining Anathoth and other related, model ministries from around the country 12:30-1:30pm:
Lunch and tour of Anathoth. 1:30-5:30pm:
Design charette and program development.
-how to phase-in and sustain a food-and-faith ministry in your community ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Many good ideas and inspiration will come from our time together and it will be important to record and organize these for later reference. In addition to the materials that we will prepare ahead of time related to Anathoth’s design and organizational structure, we will also organize a small packet of resources related to your project that are generated during our meeting.
This packet will include…
-notes from our time together: ideas, concerns, quotes, etc.
-a site program: a list of activities that will take place on the project site
-a simple analysis and design sketch of the project site in consideration (Chas’s background is in horticulture/ landscape design)
-a plan for your organizational structure: board, committees, volunteers, interns, staff, etc.
-a financial and fundraising strategy