Food and Faith is a blog of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
My name is Ashley Earley and I am serving as a Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Boston this year and our focus is food justice. I will be posting periodically onto this blog about various food related topics for the next year. First, I would like to introduce myself. I am from Rock Hill, SC (just south of Charlotte, NC) and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May with a bachelors in biology and a minor in math. I am currently taking a gap year before going to graduate school for a master’s in plant biology and afterwards plan to go into research. I have never been to the New England area before, but I am so far really enjoying my time in Boston.
For this year, I am serving at First Presbyterian Church in Brookline and at a non-profit called Woman and Girls Thriving in Brookline with a focus in the Healthy Food and Lifestyle working group. My role will be to learn and educate about food justice.
Also as part of the program we will be participating in two different food challenges. From September to the end of January is the local eating challenge and February to the end of July is the SNAP (food stamp) challenge.
The 2015 Liturgy for the Churches' Food Week of Action is READY!
Welcome and Introduction
2015 is being commemorated as the International Year of Soils and the World Food Day 2015 focuses on Social Protection and Agriculture.
In spite of steady gains against hunger and poverty, today, more than ten percent of the population of the world; about 795 million people, are undernourished and go to bed hungry.
Let us commit ourselves in prayer, to overcome hunger and social vulnerability in our communities and across the nations!
Since agriculture emerged 10,000 years ago, it has been smaller-scale producers who have fed the world. Industrial, high-tech and chemical-intensive farming has only been around for about 80 years, and still today it is small-scale farmers, ranchers, pastoralists and fishers who provide approximately 70% of all the food eaten on Earth.
Marketing professionals and lobbyists from Monsanto, ADM and companies promoting industrial agriculture and GMOs [we’ll call that Big Ag for shorthand] have spread a myth, which people of all stripes have swallowed. This myth claims that only large-scale industrial agriculture can feed a hungry world. The myth consists of two parts: (1) More food is the answer to feeding people; (2) Corporate, industrial agriculture is the approach that can fill this need.
First, the myth that more food will feed a hungry world.
A big thank you to Adam Liebowitz at North Star Fund, a fellow member of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, for this great collection of news on all things food and farming.
Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot. Pam Kock, Huffington Post, Mar 23, 2015
The PR War Continues: Monsanto and the myth of peaceful coexistence. Laetitia Benador, Food First, Apr 2, 2015
Trade Rules Create Obstacle Course for a Better Food System. Karen Hansen-Kuhn, IATP, May 15, 2015
John Oliver Explains the Abuses of the Chicken Industry (Not the Ones You Think). L.V. Anderson, Slate, May 18, 2015
Walmart’s Sustainability Promises: Myth vs. Reality. Steve Holt, Civil Eats, Jun 5, 2015
Egg rationing in America has officially begun. Roberto Ferdman, Washington Post, Jun 5, 2015
Whole Foods Markets: Throwing Organic Farmers Under the Bus? Cornucopia Institute, Jun 12, 2015
Climate Change Poses Serious Threats to Food Distribution. Elizabeth Grossman, Earth Island Journal, Mar 4, 2015
The Color of Food: America's Invisible Farmers. Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, Apr 14, 2015
The Color of Food: Building Autonomy as African American Farmers. Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, Apr 14, 2015
Promised a Supermarket Five Years Ago, a Housing Project Is Still Waiting. Keith Williams, New York Times, Apr 17, 2015
The World Bank’s Long War on Peasants. Eric Holt-Giménez and Tanya M. Kerssen, Food First, Apr 20, 2015
What happened to America’s black farmers? Madeleine Thomas,Grist, Apr 24, 2015
Justice for farmworkers as labor rights bill makes overdue progress in the New York State Senate. Editorial, NY Daily News, May 3, 2015
Can We Finally Treat Food Workers Fairly? Mark Bittman, New York Times, May 27, 2015
The New Food Movement Has a Problem with Race. Lauren Rothman, Mucnhies, May 29, 2015
The Food Revolution and the War for Our Minds. Jonathan Latham, Rural America, Jun 12, 2015
School Lunch May Be Next to Nudge Antibiotics Off the Plate. Maryn McKenna, National Geographic, May 8, 2015
In Newark, a Vertical Indoor Farm Helps Anchor an Area’s Revival. C.J. Hughes, New York Times, Apr 7, 2015
Why “Clean Label” School Lunch May Be a Pipe Dream. Bettina Elias Siegel, Civil Eats, Apr 9, 2015
Council Members Ask De Blasio to Invest in Farmland. Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette, Apr 21, 2015
USDA Report Shows Increase in Activity of Local and Regional Food Systems. AJ Hughes, Seedstock, May 10, 2015
Vermont: America’s Food Relocalization Laboratory. Steve Holt, Civil Eats, May 13, 2015
Let’s Help Create More Farmers. Mark Bittman, New York Times, Jun 10, 2015
30 Women Under 30 Changing Food. Danielle Nierenberg, Huffington Post, Jun 23, 2015
Planning your church refugee garden
Are you interested in beginning your own church refugee garden? We're sharing these documents created by Arrive Ministries to support your endeavor and help address some frequently asked questions.
Contact a local refugee organization or Catholic Charities to see what programs may already exist and to begin developing relationships with refugees in your area.
Church Garden Models contains a listing of the types of refugee gardens that have been established here in the Twin Cities. There are a number of different ways churches can engage in gardens; you may even come up with new ideas of your own!
Church Gardening Goals provides a list of reasons for churches to create gardens for refugees. These reasons are some of the ones cited by those hosting church gardens and refugee gardeners and are helpful in enlisting support of your local church board and membership.
Church Gardens Sample Guidelines is a list of rules based on First Evangelical Free Church (Maplewood) Harvest Community Gardens model. Many area churches develop a similar list and provide it to gardeners at the start of the season, usually as a part of gardener orientation. First Evangelical Free Church has many years experience of conducting a community garden on a large scale. In 2014 they had more than 1200 plots!
Matters to Consider is a document that has been compiled through evaluations and discussions with existing church gardens. These are their suggestions to others – things they felt everyone should be aware of before beginning a garden project.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ~ Gardening, Food & Faith