Friday, October 18, 2013

Pictures of Harvest Party

Leslie, Heather, and Sydni pressing cider

Some students picking in the garden

Dr. Newman and his wife learning about the garden from Grace

Sydni popping corn

Not the moment when the popper caught fire

Monna Black face painting

family from Victory Acres CSA pickup


Pumpkin carving

This was a major hit

Our photographer with friends

Some finished works

Some cornhole and ladder golf playing

Monna does great work

Dr. Newman notices he is getting his picture taken

Alyssa with some teachers

Alyssa is glad you all could make it!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Recap of the Harvest Party

The Harvest Party this past weekend went fantastic. Thank you all for showing up we had an estimated 300 people come out from IWU and the surrounding community. This is over double the amount of people of last year. There were pictures taken and they will be up later on. (My photographer has finals this week). We had apple cider that we ground and pressed all day. It went better then last year but still room for improvement. (The yellow jackets were incredibly happy however.) Pumpkin carving went well as all of our pumpkins were used and there were lots of them. Sack races and games were a hit as well as our garden tour done by Sydni. Special thanks to Monna Black for her excellent face painting booth. You can check those out at

Grace and I also got interviewed about the garden for the IWU TV station and will link that when that is finished.

Thank you for by garden interns: Sydni, John, Alyssa, and Paige, the LLC girls:Kayla, Autumn Joy, Allie, Sara, and Meagan, Victory Acres: Leslie and Heather, Taylor garden manager Armala, CCA Kaley, my wife Kate, and of course Robert who volunteered the whole day just because. You guys were such a major help all year not just at the party and Grace and I are so proud of you.

We are winding down now as it will mostly be planting cover crop, harvesting, and getting things in order for winter.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Harvest Party

It is finally here folks. This Saturday from 2-8PM the 2nd annual Harvest Party will be held at our

46th street garden. No this is not the harvest party that is really Halloween that some people have

confused it with. (You can dress up though I do not mind.) We will be having apple cider pressed on

site from the apples that are grown at 46th street. (I could stop there since that is what most people

are excited about). Popcorn grown and popped by us, garden tours, face-painting, pumpkin carving,

sack races, lawn games, and door prizes. You will also be able to pick from our garden and keep

whatever you want. This is a major day for the gardens and we pray for sunshine which it is looking

good as of now. I hope all you readers can make it out. I really think it will be lots of fun.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Summoned Towards Wholeness

This weekend I went down to the Summoned Towards Wholeness conference at Duke Divinity school. It was a conference that brought people that wanted to make gardening and farming a task that was pleasing to the Lord again. They wanted to be stewards of the earth God gave us, wanted to make for the bodies we have and what we put in our bodies, and wanted farming to be the holy enterprise it had always been. Speakers ranged from university professors, ECHO farmers, Kentucky meat producers, pastors, writers, musicians, and poets. 

We got to see how Anathoth community gardens is working to reconcile race relations through the amazing garden they have. Food was delicious. Conversations with other attendees was great and so encouraging to see people really excited for food and more importantly on fire for Christ. For as much information was thrown at us it was nice to be able to unpack each session with the three folks I traveled down with: Kayla, Kaley, and Chris. I hope one day that our gardens in Marion will have a great impact on the people of this town. 

If you guys want to know more about our trip or just our gardens feel free to ask in the comments. I will be sure to get back to you.
Joel Salatin and the girls

FolkPsalm musical group

Delicious hog diner
Anathoth Community Garden

Anathoth chickens!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Job vs. Work

My job these days is to harvest the unbelievable amount of produce still coming in everyday and advertising for the Harvest Party that is getting closer everyday. For the most part I enjoy my job. I love being able to interact with people as I try to get donations for watermelon. I enjoy Bringing vegetables to Victory Acres, St. Martin's, and the Community Gardens farmer's market. Going out to the garden everyday to see the growth that is occurring being a part of it is refreshing.

 More often though I lose sight of what I am doing and who I am doing it for because I myself get in the way. I get frustrated when all manner of biting insects want to drink my blood and invade my eyes as I get rid of rotten tomatoes. I think of ways to avoid picking up all of the apples that have fallen that now house hundreds of bees. I also take credit for the produce and the growth when God has made it happen despite that I am here.

I am quick to forget that I did not and still do not know much about growing a garden or managing people. I have been blessed with great interns and a teacher in Grace Miller who have all been more then patient. God has given us a great summer that got enough rain and was not to hot that our crops could do as well as they have. My job here at alliance garden might be intern manager but my work is and always needs to be bringing glory to God and loving his creation. If you get the chance feel free to keep me accountable in this.

On Thursday Kayla Johnson from LLC, Kayley Necessary from CCA, Chris Young from Prasco, and I are headed to a conference called Summoned Towards Wholeness
at Duke Divinity school to learn about Christian stewardship in many different ways. I am super excited and I would love for your prayers to be that the Holy Spirit can move in us and make this trip the best it can be.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

LLC Help

As school has started up our interns are not able to come out and help with the gardens as often. Luckily we have a partnership with the Living Learning Community. This is a new project that the school is working on where students live in a house together and focus on living sustainably and building community. The girls live in the house that Paige, Sydni, and Alyssa lived in earlier and they come out for a few hours to help with our gardens.
Autumn Joy, one of the girls of the LLC
Like myself they have not had lots of experience but they are excited and willing to help.

Kayla Johnson helping out
 Kayla Johnson is in charge of the house and will be a great mentor for these girls. You will be seeing them helping out at our Harvest Party October 12th from 2PM to 8PM at our 46th st. garden.

Monday, September 9, 2013