We are practicing sustainable agriculture on about five acres at our garden site. Sustainable agriculture is defined by practices of growing food which heal, restore, or regenerate, the vitality of the farm, the surrounding ecosystem, and the local community. The Vegetable Garden Our one-acre, organic vegetable garden is informed by the teachings of horticultural legend, Alan Chadwick, as outlined in the book How to Grow More Vegetables, as well as the French-intensive method outlined by Eliot Coleman in The New Organic Grower. These approaches maximize yields and minimize the exploitation of natural resources by focusing primarily on deep soil preparation, crop rotation, cover cropping and copious amounts of compost. In order to manage the garden using these techniques, largely by hand, we depend heavily on one of the most important renewable sources of energy: the community! Additionally, we have a passive solar hoop house which allows us to extend the growing season. The Forest Garden On the back acre, we have planted a forest garden, or “food forest,” with over 50 trees and shrubs–from apples, peaches and plums to jujubes, paw paws and elderberries. Adapted from Dave Jacke’s definition in his book Edible Forest Gardens, forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships and create a resilient ecosystem that bears useful food, fiber and medicinals for humans. In addition to the forest garden, we also have nearly 200 prolific blueberry bushes. Wood-Fired Oven Bread is an important symbol for Christians, yet in a world with sliced bread, the church often fails to consider how the grain for our daily bread is grown, how it is prepared, or with whom it is shared around the supper table. At Anathoth, we use a brick, wood-fired oven to explore the sacramental nature of bread making, beyond the communion table, by growing some of the ingredients in the garden and baking the loaves together as a community. In doing so, we hope that bread may form us even more deeply into becoming the way of peace, the body of Christ.