I am grieving and disturbed by the recent events highlighting racial injustice in our community and country. My pain is growing as I learn the depths of systemic racism and my complicity. I also recognize that the pain of the oppressed far surpasses my own. I long to help all neighbors, human and other-than-human, to experience abundant life. I want to live and lead in a way that puts the needs of others above my own, but I also know my lifestyle is full of comforts and conveniences that have been made possible by the racism, oppression, genocide, and theft that took place over the past several centuries.
I’m trying to listen, hoping to be transformed, and willing to act. I encourage you to listen to the voices of the Black community and be ready to act for equity and justice. Please listen for the voices of all the oppressed people, places, plants and animals and do what you can to empower and amplify them.
We are better together and need one another on this journey to reduce racism and seek reconciliation. Please reach out if you’d like to talk, have a resource to share, or need a word of encouragement or prayer. Finally, this Friday at the market we’ll donate 25% of all sales/donations to World Relief Spokane to support their work with local immigrants and refugees, largely people of color. You can also support them directly at worldreliefspokane.org
We’ve grown and gathered a good variety of plant starts that are ready to be planted ASAP. Would you like some? Swing by our greenhouse at 2506 W. Rowan to grab a couple and/or shoot us a message to coordinate a pick up or delivery! Here is an updated list of plants, seeds, and food we have available. You can enjoy them and/or share with your neighbors! Above is our friend Ross from 1st Pres. Church who is sharing some with neighbors in need on the lower South Hill.
Yes, those are carrots, but Monica harvested them to make room to plant beets! Check out our latest planting tutorial video focused on beets and other root veggies. What are you growing? Do you want suggestions or tips? Would you like to share some tips? Let us know what you think or what other plants and gardening techniques you’d like to learn about.
There is nothing new about how essential it is to grow and share healthy food, but with Washington’s Phase 2 designation we can more confidently proceed with safely gathering in groups with up to 5 people outside of your household to plant, grow, harvest, and share with one another. Join us 5/26, (or any Tuesday) anytime between 4-6:30 p.m. for a fun, safe, planting party. Please wear a mask, bring gloves, and use the restroom before coming.
Johnny will be studying indigenous eco-theology and reconciliation with Randy Woodley throughout the summer. Randy will be speaking at the Whitworth Ministry Summit June 23-25 and it will be a great online conference. Information is available at Whitworth Ministry Summit. Connect with Johnny if you have any questions.
Johnny and the Growing Neighbors friends have put together a list of available food, seed packets and plant starts available at Shadle Park Presbyterian Church. Call the church office (509-327-5522) to arrange to meet someone or to have them delivered. This spreadsheet shows what’s available.
We’re thankful for the generosity shown to so many non-profits recently, but we could really use your ongoing support as we help neighbors grow healthy food and relationships. Whether it’s $10 or $110, on-time or monthly, any amount you can share is appreciated. We would love for you to “Adopt A Row, Farmer or Farmyard” through a monthly donation of $25, $50, or $100! You can donate here or through the link below. Here are some specific ways you can help:
THANK YOU Northwest Harvest and Ken for generously sharing these seeds and starts! We are ready to share them with YOU! Swing by our greenhouse at 2506 W. Rowan to grab a couple and/or shoot us a message to coordinate pic up or delivery! We love sharing seeds and starts so you can share produce with your neighbors!
Pick some up at our Free Community Dinner-2-Go at 5508 N. Alberta Tuesdays from 5-6 pm along with fresh carrots and frozen meals.
Have you noticed any surprisingly good side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic such as neighbors safely helping each other in the garden? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Here are
some things we hope will continue even when the order is lifted:
* Relying less on fossil fuels – driving less! * Relying more on local resources – growing local food! * Generosity toward strangers – turning strangers into neighbors! * Caring more for local neighbors – functioning more like family! * Joy in living more simply – treating the planet more like home!