Celebrate Earth Day – Plan a Community Garden!

April 22, 2014
Creating a Faith-Based Community Garden

The word “community” gets tossed around a lot these days. Although there are many definitions of community, when we speak about it in the context of faith it should include aspects of relationship-building, a joining together for a greater purpose than ourselves, and reconciliation – be that between races, economic differences, cultures or other areas […]

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Permaculture: Another Journey Toward Wholeness

April 8, 2014
Bio-intensive garden

– Andy Wade – My head’s been swirling with questions and ideas this past few weeks as I’ve been taking a free online permaculture class. The instructor, Larry Korn, quoted Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher who cultivated the concept of “natural farming”, which greatly influenced the emergence of the permaculture movement. Korn had […]

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Are You and Innie or an Outie (part two)

April 2, 2014
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– Andy Wade – In part one of this article I looked a the difference between inner, private gardens and more outward-focused public gardens and how blend of these two options is actually a more balanced approach. Today I want to explore how Eucharist/Communion can help us better understand how our gardens might become an […]

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Are You an Innie or an Outie? (part 1)

March 31, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Unlike bellybuttons, whether your garden is an innie or an outie actually does say something about you. For most of my life my garden was an innie. Only recently have I begun to explore and appreciate the outtie perspective. This really isn’t about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it’s […]

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The Inclusive Front Yard

March 24, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Some of you have been following the developments in our family’s backyard garden. Transforming our backyard from grass to sanctuary has enriched our table as well as our souls. It’s a place of quiet, of reflection, of prayer, and where God can teach us about the intricate patterns and relationships in […]

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To Everything…There is a Season

November 11, 2013
Fall Garden

– Andy Wade – Sitting in my office, gazing into my garden sanctuary, it would be easy to be disheartened today. The skies are gray, rain is falling, and the garden is turning brown, crying out for serious care before the winter months. What happened to that amazing pallet of color splashed across the backyard? […]

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Spiritual Lessons From Powdery Mildew

September 4, 2013
Powdery Mildew

– Andy Wade – No! That was my reaction after a long weekend away from the garden. As I strolled through the curvy paths admiring the 3-day growth, I came upon a squash plant covered in powdery mildew… then another… and another! As if this wasn’t bad enough I decided to take a closer look […]

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Are You a Deadhead?

August 6, 2013
Deadheading flowers

– Andy Wade – Are you a Deadhead? Many in my generation are, but that’s not what I’m talking about! Out in my garden-sanctuary this morning watering plants, I was once again distracted by God. This time it happened when I was sidetracked by all the dead flowers. Ah, time to deadhead. So I began […]

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Intentionally Ordinary – the water of life

July 17, 2013
Watering the garden

by Andy Wade I was a bit ambitious in the garden this spring. I decided to completely re-work the design but didn’t think through all the various implications of what I was doing. The previous year I had finally gotten my drip watering system all nicely laid out. Now, with this new garden, it all […]

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Companions in the Neighborhood

May 13, 2013
companion planting

– by Andy Wade – What does it mean to become a companion in the neighborhood? Many of you know that I’m an avid gardener. You probably also know by now that the garden is one of my favorite places to talk with God. It’s probably no surprise that, while sitting around tables at a […]

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