Posts in growing projects

Upper midwest floods devastate cropland

Last week, severe flooding across Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota left approximately 360,000 acres of cropland devasted by 15 inches of rain. FRB's Iowa and Minnesota growing projects are currently dealing with damaged fields and flooded basements. Brent Koops' Photography documents the flooding in a few Iowa and South Dakota communities. Please join the FRB family in remembering these communities through this difficult time. 

06/23/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren to bless seeds, raise funds for food program

Members of Myersville's Grossnickle Church of the Brethren is undertaken its Growing Project to raise funds for the Christian organization Foods Resource Bank. On May 19 Grossnickle will partner with eight other churches to hold it's Blessing of the Seeds event at the farm of Grossnickle members Jeff and Patty Hurwitz.

05/13/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

g.r.o.w in Ohio

An update from one of FRB's newest growing projects in Ohio!

Here at g.r.o.w. (Gardens Reaching Others Worldwide) we are planning to show love through a harvest. Spring is finally here and we are excited to get on with our start-up year.

We currently have three group locations and possibly input from several home gardens. The group locations can be found at a school campus, a church, and a farmstead.

05/10/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Our 2012 in Review: A report from the Byron Center, MI Growing Project

With a damaging early spring frost and the summer drought, 2012 was, for FRB, a year of uncertainty. There was concern that the level of support for global partners might be less than in the past because of possible shortfalls from hard-hit growing project communities in the U.S.  However, the Scriptures reminded us in Galatians 6: 9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

03/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A visit to FRB’s Bolivia Tacobamba Program - Part 2

Part 2 of 2 on a visit to FRB's Bolivia-Tacobamba Program by volunteers from IN growing projects. Click here to read part 1

Representatives from local partner Nord Sud realized very early on that they would have to gain the trust of the villagers if they were to be successful. They did this not by simply presenting the information and leaving, but staying and living in the village for 20 days of every month to work and teach alongside the villagers. It still took over 2 years of effort before the villagers began to accept the new ways of eating and farming. We saw a new 2-room school, and small metal bins they used to protect their crops from insects and rodents.

02/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A visit to the Bolivia-Tacobamba Program - Part 1

A team of eight of us from Habitat for Humanity was going to be working in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Since three of us were FRB partners – we volunteer for community growing projects in Indiana – we secured permission from FRB, program lead member Lutheran World Relief, and local partner Nor Sud to "drop in" on one of the villages in FRB’s Bolivia-Tacobamba program.

Tacobamba. Until this visit, it was just a name on a piece of paper. Every year our church Missions committee has a meeting after our harvest celebration to choose where our portion of our growing project’s money will go. This year they had been given a list of three programs from around the world and had chosen one in southern Bolivia called Tacobamba.

02/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Feeding the Hungry: Paoli Mennonite Fellowship Responds to Worldwide Needs

PAOLI, IN — While members of the Paoli Mennonite Fellowship are giving of their resources to help fight hunger in parts of the globe where food supplies are short, the congregation is finding the effort is reciprocal. The fellowship’s Lonnie Sears, who initiated the group’s involvement with a nonprofit organization called Foods Resource Bank, shared his view that the effort isn't just about giving, but also is about receiving.“PMF has made connections with people in other countries,” Sears wrote in an email. “FRB emphasizes working together with others and learning from others. While we in the U.S. are materially wealthy, other world regions without financial resources can have great social and spiritual wealth to share with us. We try to recognize ways that we can exchange these gifts rather than thinking we just give to others.”

02/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Hold with Open Hands

Newsletter: 

I continue to marvel at the deep wisdom and elegant simplicity of the FRB model; all it asks is that we hold before ourselves open hands and see what it is that we have to offer. For some it is the knowledge and love of farming, for others it is land or seed or the machinery to plant, tend and harvest a crop to be grown for the benefit of other farmers in places where hunger stifles potential and erodes hope. For others it is skill in fundraising or having financial resources to contribute. And for some like Dale Goodman it is the network of relationships from which one can invite together a diverse group to hear about FRB and see what might happen. 

10/29/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A Gift for Several Michigan Growing Projects

What a precious gift FRB receives from Green Valley Agricultural Inc (GVA) who supplies a number of Michigan growing projects with pallets of seed each year. Employee La Raine Salmon explains how  it all began:

08/20/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Memory of Don "Pete" Nofziger

Newsletter: 
Farmer Don "Pete" Nofziger supported FRB with an individual growing project for more than ten years and at every FRB event he attended would ask the deeper questions with his humorous but serious grin.  Article 2 of his will includes a message to his FRB friends:
07/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More