Civil Eats’ Leilani Clark did a deep dive into the FaithLands initiative which kicked off this past March at Paicines Ranch. The article published yesterday reflects interviews with some key participants as well as reflection on some core questions. Highly recommended! – Nurya
The Movement to Turn Church Land into Farmland
Last summer, young farmer Moses Kashem broke ground on a neglected half-acre of land owned by St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Miami, Florida. A year later, the lot has been transformed into a diversified vegetable farm, providing crops like lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, and eggplant to Whole Foods, several local restaurants, and a 30-member community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
Originally from Bangladesh, Kashem launched his farming career at Florida International University. When a lease on state-owned land didn’t pan out, he turned his attention to an overgrown four-acre piece of land owned by the church he had attended with his wife Erin since 2013. The 28-year-old asked the church’s vestry if he might farm the land.