Rev. Shihoko and her husband Ken had a goal of actively participating in the redemption of God’s Creation through organic farming. Their desire was realized when they were connected to a farm owner excited to support their vision of growing food to share with groups who have limited access to local fresh food.

Two Saturdays each month from May to October, Church of All Nations and friends come to tend the land together. Seedlings were started in March at Church and distributed among volunteers to grow at home. In May, on their Kick-Off Day, most of the seedlings were transplanted.

Our Community Garden Network was able to join their Kick-Off Day to learn from New Eden ministry. We got a taste of how this initiative is a part of their church rhythm, working together to foster the renewal of God’s earth. They commit whole Saturdays to gather, mingle, and work hard. Everyone takes a break for a simple lunch by donation, supplemented with potluck snacks. Then followed by a time of sharing and prayer. At the end any extra gardening tasks are completed.

L’arche Vancouver is one of the groups that receives harvests from New Eden Farm. Some of the food is also shared among the volunteers. One of the first spring crops are the perennial garlic chives that grew over the winter. I was told that the garlic chives are a key ingredient in gyozas and they use it to make a couple hundred to be shared at future gardening sessions!

Thank you to Rev. Shihoko and Ken for hosting our Garden Network Event! What a restorative place to be outside of the city to garden with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Learn more about New Eden Gardening Ministry here.