When God coupled the earth with the breath of eternity, our souls and the soil were fused and our destinies perpetually intertwined. God with whom we live, breathe and have our being exists in Mother…Continue
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Our mission is training climate mission leaders in under served communities, so that we ALL adapt to climate changes with ease...
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
God wants us to adapt so we can bounce back during climate change. It is possible to survive and thrive if we learn a few nature "technologies".
Redeeming the soil requires we redeem souls
Faith communities can provide food sovereignty and water security with knowledgeable leaders.
HOW WE DO IT
Natures Friends is a faith based umbrella organization that hosts mission enterprises. Our field school, nursery business, and Cuba tours are designed to work together to fashion sustainability hubs across the nation. We are developing a worker owned cooperative to guide this work and would love for you to join us!
Field School is a mobile workforce development program which immerses high school students in a food distribution system. Specifically, students learn to grow sunflower seeds sustainability and take them from field to market using a cooperative business model. This is intended to be a mobile educational program serving a training cohort of 10 groups at one time. We invite only 5 members from each of the groups making it a leadership development experience. Teaching modality is service learning activities, small group exercise and simulations. Helping teens earn while they learn...
Soil & Souls is evolving as a wholesale nursery and regenerative landscape design cooperative business operating on 13 acres of family land in Virginia. Contemplation is blended with permaculture practice to develop the soil and soul together.
"Rooted in Community Tours" These tours occur in two parts, a training and a serving component. Young adults (18-35) are trained in Cuba as mission leaders capable of bio-remediation, designing food systems and installing rainwater harvesting systems. They are dispatched to faith communities in groups of 10 to assist with sustainability projects.
Victoria Demonstration Site Under Construction
When you visit from the city
It is a place to disconnect from the electronic world and reconnect to natural sounds of leaves in the trees, birds, and the restorative peacefulness of silence.
The house has a fun, meditative vibe, with all of our Spirit pouring out of the heart--no bottled spirit please.
We reuse, recycle, repurpose. Work groups arrive on Friday before 6pm to allow for the rest and work balance we like to maintain. Please bring a water bottle you can refill. Our kitchen is vegetarian, we use cloth napkins and plates...
We don't smoke in the woods because we don't want to set them on fire. We don't smoke in the house because we love the fresh air the trees make for us. But we'll show you one place on site where you can do that if you need to. . ...
We practice creating a place where everyone cooperates so that things will be "on earth as it is in heaven".....
May 8, 2013 Permaculture Design Certification Course
College of William and Mary , Williamsburg, VA
March 5, 2013 Pilot for Sunflower field school begins
Plymouth Congregational UCC Church, Washington DC
June 25-29, 2012 Creation Care camp module-- ages 6-12
St. Paul's Baptist church, Destiny Child Care, Richmond, VA
July 23-27, 2012 Urban Farm camp module --ages 8-15
St. Paul's Baptist Church, Destiny Child Care, Richmond, VA
March 2-13, 2012 Permaculture Design Certification Course
George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia
April 30th, 2011 Nature's Friends Day --an earth day activity for youth with
eco-stations, songs and refreshments
October 4, 2009 Victoria Centennial Celebration--hands-on environmental
education activity on the Nature's Friends demonstration site
This effort began with a week long environmental arts camp for middle school aged boys at a campgrounds named Nature's Friend. Seeing how quickly the youth matured with the help of 80 acres of nature made me want to do full time ministry in nature.
Nine months later, 30 Common Ground volunteers remediated the toxic soil of our post Katrina healing arts center with permaculture practices. This added a whole new dimension to my 36 years of herbal medicine experience.
There was so much laughter and bonding...These two watershed events confirmed for me that we need nature to heal our soul, just like nature needs us to heal her soil.
With the closing of the campgrounds, I obtained permaculture certification, and Nature's Friends work continues for another generation.
We are greening the next generation and reminding the rest of us that we all are Nature's Friends...........peace and blessings!
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