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POSTPONED: Field Days at Kanuga

Updated: Apr 24

This event has been postponed to fall of 2024.

Stay tuned for more information!

All are welcome for a time to connect and learn about what it means to be “Good News” with the wider created world—including topics of botany, gardening, climate justice, and green burial—at Kanuga from Wednesday, May 8, to Friday, May 10.

Good News Gardeners of St. John in the Wilderness can register for the entire conference for a special rate of $75. This commuter rate includes all meals. Be sure to choose the "Good News Garden Volunteer" option when you get to the payment screen.

Alternatively, Good News Gardeners of St. John in the Wilderness can attend the conference on the morning of Thursday, May 9, free of charge except for lunch, which will be offered to our gardeners at half-price. Thursday morning's activities begin at 8:30am and will be similar to our regular garden workdays, but we expect that there will be many additional volunteers to share in the tending of God's creation! If you only want to garden, please sign up at this link. Questions? Reach out to Kathryn Whitten, whose contact information is in the directory.

Field Days: What to Expect

Kanuga will welcome Dr. Mallory McDuff as the keynote speaker on Wednesday evening. A noted author and environmental educator at Warren Wilson College, Dr. McDuff will speak about the intersection of agrarian ministry, churchland stewardship, and creation care.  Leadership from the Good News Gardeners of St. John in the Wilderness will be there as well to share about our work with Kanuga’s Foster Education Garden. We will hear from Delia Jovel Dubon from Tierra Fértil Coop, a Hispanic, worker-owned farm cooperative partnering with local Episcopal Churches in food ministry.

On Thursday, May 9, we will celebrate Rogation Days with a farmers' market of local vendors followed by a celebration of the Feast of Ascension with the Province IV Synod and the Hendersonville Deanery of the Diocese of Western North Carolina.

Other opportunities such as forest bathing, sound baths, music, stories around the fire, and a farm-to-table dinner in the garden will also be offered. We’ll wrap up this rich experience with an opportunity to reflect on how to bring what we have learned back to our own communities.

To learn more about Good News Gardens Field Days, watch the video below!

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