Afternoon Workshops

These two workshops will run from roughly 2-5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. When you register, you will be asked to choose one workshop for the duration of the course. Because the workshops are sequential, participants will not be able to move back and forth between workshops, but must commit to one or the other.

Track I - Permaculture, Applied Ecology, and the Future of Food

with Chris Grataski

“Permaculture Design” is an ecological design discipline and suite of practices concerned with rethinking the nature of human habitats—from the built environment that we create for shelter to the biological systems that provide our food and water.  More than just a gardening technique, permaculture is a discipline committed to reconciliation between the human community and the landscapes upon which we depend.  It is an imaginative and interdisciplinary constellation of practices rooted in the recognition that humans are a part of wild nature, rather than apart from it.  As such, it is deeply resonant with the fundamental convictions of biblical faith that understand salvation and shalom as tied to regeneration and reconciliation – God’s healing work to restore creaturehood and overcome division.

This workshop will offer an introduction to permaculture skills, principles and ethics with a focus on healing soil and producing nutrient dense food and medicine.  We’ll introduce a variety of practical skills – tailoring the content to the skill level and interest of workshop participants – including topsoil development and remediation, plant propagation, reading the landscape, designing a food forest, and learning to work with, rather than against, insects and other wildlife.

Track II - Growing and Sustaining a Faith-Based Food and Social Justice Initiative

with Na’Taki Osborne Jelks and Sarah Nolan

This three-part session will explore the guiding principles for responsive and responsible community development, as well as the nuts and bolts of growing and sustaining faith-based food and agricultural ministries focused on social change. Through interactive and collaborative engagement of transformative stories of place and purpose, we will cover topics ranging from theories of social change, community organizing, environmental justice, ingredients for successful partnerships, leadership development, fundraising, and more. Through a combination of brief assignments completed before and during the course, participants will guided through activities that will compel them to connect their own sense of place — the watersheds and communities from which they hail — to mission-based work rooted in social justice.