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A Rocha’s work in Canada began in 2000 and has spread across Canada with focused activity in BC, Manitoba and Ontario. In each place, A Rocha staff and volunteers are responding to the biblical call to steward creation through hands-on conservation, education and agriculture projects.

The story of A Rocha’s beginnings and growth is whimsically told in the book Planted, a Story of Creation, Calling and Community. Planted invites the reader to travel with author Leah Kostamo and the A Rocha team on the wild ride of salmon saving, stranger welcoming and God-worshipping as they establish the first Christian environmental centre in Canada.

A Rocha’s work is most fully expressed through our environmental centres and projects in BC, Manitoba and Ontario. In addition, A Rocha’s Community Garden Network and Good Seed Sunday initiatives are fostering the work of creation care in neighbourhoods and churches from coast to coast.

“Planted is a work of grace and wit, conveying the joy for which A Rocha is known.”
Huffington Post
“If bad news about the planet is getting you down, read Planted. If all Christians were like those in A Rocha, ours would be a radically different world.”
Margaret Atwood, Author
“In an arena frequently marked by controversy and acrimony, A Rocha is cheerful, winsome, exuding gratitude. A Rocha’s work is characterized by joy and humility – it is always local, personal, relational, and hospitable.”
Rev. Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message

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The latest news on our projects

Remembering Eugene Peterson

December 10th, 2018|

by Leah Kostamo, Co-Founder of A Rocha Canada The A Rocha community joins with thousands around the world in mourning the loss of Eugene Peterson. A few of us on the A Rocha team had [...]

Greetings from Watamu, Kenya!

December 4th, 2018|

This blog post comes to you from Dave and Hannah Guenther, long time friends of A Rocha. They are taking a 6-9 month sabbatical from their work in Winnipeg to volunteer with A Rocha Kenya [...]

The Beauty of Naming – An Intern Reflection

November 10th, 2018|

by Noah Guthrie The red wheelbarrow sank and heaved, dipped and bucked as I wrestled it downhill. A knot of grass tugged at the wheels. As I pressed through it, I plunged into a rut, [...]