Harvesting Abundance

Local Initiatives of Food and Faith

Brian Sellers-Petersen

May/2017, 160 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819233097

• Offers specific examples of success stories of faith communities involved in the faith + food movement
• Engaging stories with photos in local communities and neighborhoods showing the church in action

Many congregations, schools, and organizations are reaching out into their neighborhoods to share God's story of abundance by establishing community gardens, beehive colonies, and other agricultural initiatives. They are creatively using their land and property; providing training, inspiration, and cross-cultural experiences for all ages; while at the same time feeding the hungry and building community relationships. Too often food banks only take non-perishables loaded with preservatives and sodium. Church entities involved in agricultural ministries are able to provide healthy food from their gardens to feeding programs, food pantries, and others in need.

This book tells the tale of 25 such communities in story and image. An inspiration for others to develop such projects, food and faith can go hand-in-hand as we get our hands dirty while learning more about what Genesis 2 describes as God "planted" a garden. Gardening can be seen on the rooftop of a church in the city, beehives in the midst of a seminary, or a local community garden alongside the church's parking lot. Discover where this movement is alive and growing, and find ideas for starting your own "food and faith" initiative in your own backyard, roof, or front porch.

Audience: Episcopal: congregations, camps and conference centers, schools, seminaries; Individuals: gardeners, farmers, beekeepers (and wannabes); church leadership: vestry members, outreach committees, property managers

Brian Sellers-Petersen, co-founder of the Episcopal Food, Farming, and Faith Network, is an avid gardener at home and office (St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle) and a consultant to Seattle Tilth Food and Faith Initiative. He has worked with Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) for the past 15 years in a variety of capacities, including as the creator/developer of Episcopal Relief & Development's Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum, a leader of pilgrimages to sustainable agriculture programs in Ghana and Central America, senior advisor to the president of ERD, former Director of Church Engagement, and former Western Regional Director. He is on the advisory council of the Beecken Center at Sewanee, and previously worked for World Vision and with Bread for World. In addition, he has worked with All Saints Pasadena; the Anglican Diocese of Port Elizabeth, South Africa; and the Student Christian Movement of South Africa. He currently lives in Covington, Washington.

Foreword: Sarah Nolan
Chapter 1: Environmental Change-Makers and the Community Garden (Westchester, Los Angeles)
Chapter 2: Hunger No More Urban Garden (Imago Dei School, Tucson)
Chapter 3: Farmers' Markets
Chapter 4: Shepherd Farm (Good Shepherd, Town & County, Missouri)
Chapter 5: Gardens, Workers, and Bees (Virginia Theological Seminary)
Chapter 6: The Cathedral Learning Garden (St. John's Cathedral, Denver)
Chapter 7: Blue Corn and More (Navajoland)
Chapter 8: The SPR Food Garden (St. Paul and the Redeemer, Chicago)
Chapter 9: Community Gardens Ministry Network (Connecticut)
Chapter 10: Plant a Church: Plant a Garden (St. Mary Magdalene, Manor, Texas)
Chapter 11: Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers
Chapter 12: Thistle & Bee (Diocese of West Tennessee)
Chapter 13: Plot Against Hunger (Church of Our Savior Farm, Dallas)
Chapter 14: The University Farm (University of the South, Sewanee, TN)
Chapter 15: Creation Keepers (St. Andrew's, Seattle, WA)
Chapter 16: Bluestone Farm (Community of the Holy Spirit, Brewster, NY)
Chapter 17: Faith and Grace Garden (St. Timothy's, Des Moines, IA)
Chapter 18: Food Bank Farm (Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, WA)
How to:
• Get started
• Go Local
• Get connected
Listing of Gardens


  • Food
  • Faith
  • Social Justice
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Agricultural Faith
  • Gardening

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