Spring is sprouting here in the Pacific NW and though it may be a little slow in other parts of the US it is definitely on the way which means that those of us who are avid gardeners are ready to get out and start planting. And the numbers of those who are planting has definitely grown since last year. An estimated 9 million people planted backyard vegetable gardens for the first time in 2009 and probably even more will do so in 2010.
Here at the Mustard Seed House we are starting to prepare for the Spirituality of Gardening seminar April 24th. This was so popular last year that we ended up holding 2 day long seminars. So if you are interested please sign up early so that we can plan ahead. We are already planning extra day long seminars in Lynden WA on May 22nd and Hood River Oregon (date to be announced). As well as that we expect to conduct evening seminars in other locations around the Pacific NW.
Community and backyard gardening has been one of the major responses to our turbulent times but most people do not know how to relate their garden experiences to their faith. Yet there is no better place to connect to God and the story of God than in the garden. In this workshop, we will discuss the wonderful ways that God and God’s story are revealed through the rhythms of planting, growing, and harvesting in the garden. Spiritual insights, practical suggestions for backyard gardening and time for reflection will all enrich and deepen our faith as we explore new ways to connect to the God we love.
Each participant will receive a copy of To Garden With God – Spiritual Insights from the Garden and other helpful resources for organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Next year I hope to conduct seminars in other parts of the country too so if you are interested let me know.