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NEW How Abad and Shamar Became Gardeners
by Jeff Wild

Written by Pastor Jeff Wild, this imaginative tale of two scarecrows explains how they were transformed by a crow in order to follow their dream of gardening the land that they once watched over. Biblical themes, including freedom, new life, and community are interwoven in the simple, joyful text. Original illustrations by Chelsea Mclean Johnson provide a multicultural emphasis, while demonstrating how Abad and Shamar dig deep into the soil to cultivate the garden, with the help of a community of children.

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UPDATED  Cool Harvest is a food, faith and climate program by Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit organization inspiring a religious response to global warming. It is for congregations interested in responding to climate change through educating their members about climate-friendly food choices and engaging them in activities, such as organic gardening, that can inspire and have a positive impact.

Modern agribusiness — that favors toxic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, GMO foods (genetically modified), distant farm-to-plate transportation, and the factory farming of animals — exacts a heavy toll on the atmosphere. It is estimated that nearly one-fifth of climate change pollution comes from the food
industry.

Learn more: visit the Cool Harvest website and blog, and order the free Cool Harvest and Canning for the Climate kits so you can get started with your own Cool Harvest program!


NEW Our Place in God's World: Garden Curriculum
by Kimberlee Eighmy

Understanding how we live both inside and outside of the garden, or privately and communally, helps us to become aware of how we impact the natural world and nurture our relationship to God. 

"Our Place in God's world" is a set of six lessons designed to help children gain this awareness through observation and activities inside and outside of the garden.  As a way to bridge the work of observing the garden throughout the year, an additional set of guidelines and suggestions is offered in "Caretakers of the Garden at Rest."  As conscientious observers, we will see that the garden gives us many clues for understanding our place as caretakers in God's world. 

Download the complete curriculum from the links at the bottom of this page, gather your gardening tools and Bibles, and get ready to make some amazing discoveries! 

(Note: the curriculum is broken into files that do not exactly correspond to the sessions: the sessions begin on even-numbered pages, while the files begin with odd-numbered pages, so that the first page of a session is usually found on the last page of the preceding file.)

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