2014 Gainesville

Food and Faith: Uniting Together in a Southern Foodshed

May 18-24, 2014

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 15, 2014 (Rolling Admissions)

IMG_1523 This year’s place-based program explores the connection of communities to the land as we look at how Gainesville, Florida utilizes its surrounding natural resources to build life-giving, meaningful relationships. Our time will focus primarily on the interconnected food and water webs of North Central Florida. Our trip will include discussions on local food, faith, nutrition, workers’ rights, intentional Christian communities, sustainability, and the ever-pressing water issues faced by much of this region. The week will consist of service, community dialogue, and an exploration of local areas including but not limited to community gardens producing food for homeless shelters, a local micro-farm rethinking the food system, a house of hospitality, nearby springs, and the Ichetucknee River. Throughout our program, we will be reflecting on and sharing our own Eco-Faith journeys.

About The Eco-Stewards Program:

The Eco-Stewards Pro­gram is a Chris­t­ian com­mu­nity respond­ing to God’s call through applied eco-stewardship. It seeks to edu­cate, train, and inspire young adults (ages 20–30) in the ways of eco-stewardship within the wider con­text of Chris­t­ian faith. The pro­gram shares roots in and draws par­tial sup­port from the Pres­by­ter­ian Church (U.S.A.) Envi­ron­men­tal Min­istries, Pres­by­te­ri­ans for Earth Care, and the Pres­by­ter­ian Camp and Con­fer­ence Asso­ci­a­tion (PCCCA). The over­ar­ch­ing goal of this grass-roots ini­tia­tive is to help young adults con­nect and share their pas­sions for faith and envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship through par­tic­i­pa­tion in place-based learn­ing pro­grams that explore how faith com­mu­ni­ties are respond­ing to chal­lenges from cli­mate change to moun­tain­top coal removal. Dur­ing these week-long pro­grams, eco-stewards spend time reflect­ing upon and shar­ing per­sonal eco-faith jour­neys, tak­ing part in a hands on eco-project, explor­ing the out­doors, play­ing music, and expe­ri­enc­ing wor­ship together. Paid sum­mer intern­ships are also offered. Com­post­ing toi­lets and used tire earth-ships have been built; urban gar­dens have been vis­ited; and numer­ous con­ver­sa­tions with eco-faith-practitioners have been enjoyed.

How to Apply: Click here to download the Gainesville 2014 Application

Program Cost: $350* (Participants must pay their own travel expenses to/from Gainesville; *Financial assistance available.)

Want to host an Eco-Steward intern in Summer 2014? Click here to download a copy of our Intern Request Form from 2012. Send questions to revrobmark@gmail.com

2 Responses to 2014 Gainesville

  1. David Reed says:

    Hi. I’m David Reed, Chairman of the Alachua County Nutrition Alliance. We work with community leaders to collaborate on Hunger Abatement, food security, and other food related issues. We have a website at feedalachua.org, and conduct all meetings at the Highlands Presybyterian Church PCUSA in Gainesville.
    If it fits in, I would be happy to share some thoughts with this gathering about how a sustainable, local food system can help both social and environmental objectives, and how that is happening here. Personally, I would like to learn more about PEC and what they are doing in this region and around the country.
    Dave Reed, 352-336-0904.

  2. jim rucquoi says:

    beautiful work. so glad to hear it. congrats to all PCUSA activists for ma earth !

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