What we believe:
“There are many types of hunger. Everyone is hungry for something. Everyone has something to give.”
- To grow & give away food is important work but it is not a solution.
- It does not educate.
- It does not excite people’s imaginations.
- It does not connect people with people.
- It does not break down barriers.
- It does not enable people to create their own solutions.
- It does not address root issues.
- It does not need others.
- The Lord’s Acre identifies community food needs, brings them to light, and inspires the community to create solutions.
- We are an experiment in grass-roots community food solutions
- Everyone has intrinsic value and has something to offer.
- We believe that solutions are not in the hands of a few, but in bringing everyone to the table, especially those who are typically marginalized. Relationships are the key resource and our primary crop and that includes our relationship with the land. To effectively impact a life, a relationship must be forged, trust built, accountability established. This does not happen in long, impersonal lines of strangers.
- We do not seek to be THE garden, THE experts or THE solution but instead, a place that inspires community to develop its own solutions. We use ABCD – Asset-Based Community Development as a guide.
- We cannot solve the issues of hunger in our community by feeding one segment of the population
We exist to bring ALL people together around food and foster relationships and believe that in doing so, we will enable and inspire people to know, love and help each other.
- Instead of simply growing food and giving it away, we are not afraid to wrestle with questions that go beyond food security and food justice, to the very core of what it means to be a neighbor and to love your neighbor.
- Our goal is to do our job so well that we are no longer useful to the community in our current capacity because neighbors work together to find their own solutions.
- We make decisions based on:
- Does it bring people together or keep them apart?
- Is the emphasis on inspiring, educating and supporting others to do this work for themselves?
- Does it empower others? Never doing for anyone what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselve
- Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.
- Listen closely, especially to what is not being said.
- Are people assuming greater levels of control over their own lives? Is leadership emerging among those served? Are aspirations on the rise?
- Mercy is a door, an invitation. It is not a destination.
The Lord’s Acre is deeper than hunger relief and our mission is more positive than preachy. We’re about fighting hunger with resources and relationships. Instead of what does a community lack, we want to know what does it already have. Whose garage holds the building supplies needed and where are its heroes waiting for the opportunity to do good and satisfying work? And how do we find and build creative ways for people to come together around food? As you can see, we tend to have more questions than answers and believe that is as it should be.
“The Lord’s Acre is a safe place with a bold calling,” as one intern puts it. Well, it’s safe and it isn’t. It could change your life. We have a slew of passionate people to prove it. It takes guts to connect with others. It takes heart to get to know where and why our neighbor struggles to eat well and to begin thinking of ways we can be part of a solution. But it’s safe because we want folks to contribute from their strengths and desires. That might be digging in the garden but it could just as likely be by playing music as we work, sharing recipes, teaching a class, or building picnic tables.
“Heroes are people who say this is my community and it’s my responsibility to make it better.” – Tom McCall
Call us crazy but we believe hunger’s greatest enemy is community. And where better to bring community together and create life-changing relationships than around food. We hope you’ll join us and lend your voice, your ideas, your creativity, and your gifts to a grassroots solution against which, hunger doesn’t have a chance.