Workshop: Gardening as a Spiritual Practice

“Soil preparation and pest control – master those and your garden can grow,” said workshop leader Bob Gregory. One could just as easily say the same for care of the soul, he said.

Gregory, a Seventh-day Adventists and former agriculture professor with 40 years teaching experience, is also founder of Berea Gardens, an internationally-known, faith-based agricultural education center in Minnora, WV.

Bob and the family

On February 26, Gregory will donate his knowledge and expertise to people of faith who want to become better gardeners to feed their families and neighbors as part of their spiritual practice. His workshop will take place at Berea Gardens in Minnora (Calhoun County). It will cover the fundamentals of planting a vegetable garden and of practicing gardening as a spiritual activity.

The workshop is sponsored by West Virginia Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits, with funding from The Sisters Health Foundation. “We want to see people learning to use gardening to meet their deepest physical and spiritual needs” said Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits Director, Joshua Sowards.

The gardening Workshop, is scheduled for February 26th, from 6 PM – 8 PM and Tuesday February 27th, from 4 PM – 6 PM at Berea Gardens Agricultural Center in Minnora, WV. Congregations can send members to this FREE training by registering at   www.healthyfaithwv.org

Bob's Ag training center garden

Bob's indoor classroom

“We’d love to help the churches get involved in their communities through growing food,” said Gregory.

The Sisters Health Foundation has also funded Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits to help five Mid-Ohio Valley congregations start wellness ministry teams in 2018. If you think you’d like a wellness ministry in your church, contact Joshua Sowards – 304-544-6948.

Berea Gardens is donating their space and time. The workshop can host 30 people. Space is expected to fill quickly. Up to 3 people from a congregation may come. (Register independently).

Learn more: Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits

Berea Gardens

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