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Come help us work in the dirt! Volunteer Workday this Saturday, March 19 from 9am to 12noon. Snacks, light lunch, water and our famous lemon grass tea! Bring your closed-toes shoes and a hat–see you in the garden!
Think weekends are the only busy time at the garden? Think again! Here’s 5 of the 8 folks working at the Field last Friday.
Treasure in the Garden:
Five years ago — after a massive rainstorm we had our 1st Tea in the Garden with about 3 tables and 20-30 people…
I read this verse from the teachings of Jesus.
From “Matthew 13
verse 44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field”
Then, looking out into the gravelly barren darkness where we now presently sit I continued: “ Like the parable, it may seem crazy to those who don’t see the hidden potential of this “fruitful field” in a poor neighborhood with a bad reputation. But for us this is a place where, just like today, sunshine and rainbows emerge right after torrential rains. So, here in the middle of young trees, growing vegetables we invite you to be part of expanding and uncovering this hidden treasure.
Your involvement can make a difference by speeding up the story of how a lowly, weed-covered field becomes a place of rich treasure that enriches in ways both unexpected and grand.”
Fast Forward to tonight. Back then it was mostly a dream but now the treasure that some of us saw in the gravel and rocks is now a treasure that is much more visible.
This treasure grew largely because we, the Fruitful Field volunteers and supporters, believed it could happen, and inspired by this vision and mission, we invested money, sweat (lots), and time. This treasure is not a conventional treasure that sits on a shelf or in safe but one that is both gritty and sweet, difficult and blessed.
Thank you Wayne, Chloe, hostesses and all the volunteers that make this possible.
There is hidden Treasure in this Field perched next to the freeway where young and old, rich and poor; we work, eat, and create treasure together.
As sociology grad student many years ago I studied how human society worked. One of the key concepts was stratification- or layers– that defined groups of people; groups who pretty much spent all their time in their own ‘layer’.
These layers are often
Using these Layers or “clubs”, societies then divide out the physical and social goods: there are often some pretty simple rules–
The Fruitful Field and its partner church, Parkway United Methodist, have decided to disagree with this rule of human society.
There’s a passage in the Bible where Jesus speaks, and explains hospitality. It goes like this:
Luke 14: Verse 12 Then Jesus said to the man who had invited him:
“When you give a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends and family and relatives and rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return, and you will be paid back. 13 When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 They cannot pay you back. But God will bless you and reward you when his people rise from death.”
Here on this property we’ve been crazy enough to actually try and do this, giving being Hospitable and giving out Treasure all the time, regardless of whether or not ‘you deserve it’:
Let me give you a few examples:
That’s a sample — AND We aren’t planning at stopping at this– we want to keep growing this place and creatively offering even more ways to experience Food, Education and Community.
So we invite You, the Tea in the Garden gathering of patrons and volunteers to continue making this a place of Treasure and crazy, upside-down hospitality:
There is real Treasure in this formely barren, now Fruitful Field. Join us, and be part of what is happening so that in five more years we can look back on tonight and say
“Gosh, we were just getting started back in 2014!”
Remember Tonight THIS is our story, a Treasure in the making –
Feel free to continue uncovering treasure tonight—- taking a tour, strolling the paths, getting ideas for a home garden, chatting with others, enjoying the evening!
Thank you and go in Peace
Hey garden enthusiasts, don’t forget that this Saturday, March 15th, is our monthly volunteer day. From 9am to noon, don’t miss the fun!