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Feed My Sheep / Grow With God

The "Take It or Leave It Farm Stand" has been wildly successful! There have been hundreds of pounds of vegetables, fruits, etc. through the stand. The variety is too large to list! It has been a wonderful thing to see neighbors helping neighbors and food not being wasted. There will be periodic meetings to discuss what next steps might be taken to further the ministry. All are welcome to attend. At our meeting Sept 24th, we finalized plans for the Oct 13th Apple Day where families can come make Apple Cider, Applesauce, Apple pie filling, and learn how to make crust for, and bake, an Apple Pie. Event is scheduled for 10-2 at Burnham Hall. Bring your own apples.
It was also decided that the group would be named Neighbor to Neighbor as the group is now made up of church members and community members, and as part of the Take It or Leave It, community model, it was felt that the name would better represent what the group is trying to accomplish.


FMS/GWG 
 (Feed My Sheep - Grow With God)
...is a food production, storage and possibly prep, non-profit community action group.
While this group is a part of The United Church of Lincoln, it is meant to serve, and to involve, the community at large, encouraging self-sustainability and sharing of food items with our neighbors.
If you would like to be involved with this ministry either directly, using your time and talents, or indirectly, by contributing financially or in-kind materials etc., please contact the church office. 
Another way to contribute would be to alert us to anyone who is in need of food.
Contact information can be found by clicking Contact Us .

What are the different parts of this ministry? What do they look like when separate? How do they contribute to the ministry as a whole?
These are some of the questions we asked ourselves when beginning this ministry. Below is an outline of the various parts of the ministry, sorted by the specific facet under which they fall. (Bolded items in subheadings indicate items that are being done or have been done)
1. Food Production
a. Growing Mediums:
i. Orchard (established fruit trees/bushes)
ii. ground
iii. raised bed
iv. potato tower
v. containers
vi. hydroponics
vii. greenhouse, plant starting
b. community growers – indirect contributors
2. Food Storage
a. Root Cellar
b. Canning
c. Freezing
d. Drying
3. Food Processing
a. Cooking, straining, packaging (applesauce)
b. Blanching, freezing, canning
4. Food Distribution
a. Direct delivery to user
b. Local food shelf
c. H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects)
d. FREE Take It or Leave It Farm stand
i. Take some, leave some (optional)
ii. Recipes and instructions for each type of vegetable
iii. Donations – monetary donations accepted, leave
instructions to whom the check/cash is to be given.
No money box (to lessen temptation)
5. Fundraising
a. Donations
b. Canvasing
c. Selling a portion of produce
6. Education - offer instruction for each phase of the process to anyone wanting to learn - Seasonal, as instructors are available.
        a. Apple cider, Applesauce, Apple pie filling, crust, pie education at the first Lincoln Apple Day