Nature's Friends
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Creation Care and Community Care

On June 15th, we began our preparation for the Cuba tour by discussing the permaculture ethics of caring for people and fair share. Molly Rose Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock did a wonderful job…Continue

Started Aug 13, 2015

The Gospel of the Garden
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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

Tags: agroecology, eco-theology, ecology, and, faith

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nature's Friends Apr 2, 2014.

Faith and Ecology

EPA Oral Testimony presented   February6, 2014      Washington D.C.My name is Rev. M. Dele and I am here as a steering committee member of Virginia's Interfaith Power and Light affiliate. We have…Continue

Started Feb 11, 2014

Microbial Wisdom
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 Do microbes find plants, or plants call for the microbes?UC Berkley on MicrobesContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Marie Jul 21, 2012.

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What is your usual occupation?
Christian Minister, Permaculturist, Climate Reality Leader
What is your permaculture experience?
living the experience
What networking conversations are of interest to you?
youth based, Cuba Mission Trip
Which skills/experience are you willing to share with this permaculture network?
soil building, herbal, community building, spirituality

Permaculture Serving the Faith Community

Our mission is training climate mission leaders in under served communities, so that we ALL adapt to climate changes with ease...



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.


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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Saving Cuba's Sustainable Agriculture

Cuba's sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw

Miguel Altieri, University of California, Berkeley

President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of U.S.-Cuban relations. Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can…


Posted on April 18, 2016 at 7:43am

Grow More Food in Less Space

Growing a Nutrient Packed Garden in Less than 1000 Sq. Ft      Bountiful Gardens Website also has numerous farming…


Posted on November 10, 2015 at 2:00pm


Compost, Fungi, Rehabilitation, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Conservation — by Niva Kay February 4, 2012

Many have heard of EM mixtures, sold worldwide with cultures of effective microorganisms, that due to their symbiotic relationships with each other can benefit the microorganisms’ ecosystem in our soils, compost piles and toilets. They are known to boost yield and speed the…


Posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:53pm

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At 7:49am on September 5, 2012, Nature's Friends said…

Rev. Dele learned organic gardening in the student community garden plots at UC-Riverside from 1976-1980. Her study of medicinal herbs also began at that time and continues today with the Southside Virginia Herb Society. Her permaculture initiation occurred during her ministry’s Katrina response work with a bio remediation project. In 2010 she earned a certificate in permaculture design and began teaching permaculture in 2011. Well versed in interfaith leadership, Rev. Dele believes all human beings are called to “serve the land and preserve it”.

At 8:17pm on April 25, 2012, Nature's Friends said…


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