A Beautiful Sign

Ken Kaufman, who attends Zion Mennonite with us, constructed this sign out of scraps of metal for the Jubilee Community Garden.  It is modeled after the JFP logo that was made for us back in 2010:

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Here is the sign:

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I think Ken did a wonderful job of not only making something beautiful, but something that represents our hearts accurately: Broken pieces of metal formed together to make something of strength and substance.  Thank you Ken!

Jubilee Community Garden Work Party

What a beautiful day for a work party!

We cleaned the garden up, weeded the raised beds and the pathways, set up the bean poles and tomato cages, and added 3.5 yards of soil blend.  There is something refreshing and renewing about planting a garden in the spring, digging in the soil, tilling the dirt until it turns a rich dark color, knowing that someday soon it will be producing something that tastes wonderful and fills our bellies.

We have 5 of the six plots filled, so there is still some room left if you are interested.  This year’s gardeners are: Armando and Norma, Reuben and Celina, Blanca, Annie and Mark and Serenity and I of course, with all of our children.  The garden was full of giggles and children digging in the dirt, a wonderful combination.  A total of 14 children tromped through the soil with shovels in hand, pulling weeds and tying up bean poles.  It is great to work with smiling children.  We even had a cat come by to see what the commotion was all about. A special thank you to Karen and Wendell for your hard work today as well!

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Avery, Eva, Luci and Ally amazed at the amount of weeds that have already popped up this spring (the “Before” Shot)

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The most beautiful gardener!

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The Coulombe’s and Lopez’s + Fernando :)

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Mark and Annie chatting with Serenity.

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“The Boys” (Pancho, Fernando and Avery) finishing off the soil pile.

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Serenity and Norma talkin’ bout onions.

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Wendell and Reuben.

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Norma and family.

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Mark and Annie’s square foot gardening technique.

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Luci getting in on the work.

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Jubilee Community Garden 2014

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The “After” Shot

Jubilee Community Garden – 2014

We are beginning to take applications (direct link here) for the 2014 Jubilee Community Garden.  If you live in Hubbard and you are interested in (1) growing your own food, and (2) helping those in the community who are in need of good food, please consider being a part of the JCG.

For more information click on the “Garden” link at the top of the page.

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Intentional Christian Community

Intentional Christian Community

As many of you know, we have made the decision as a family to seek intentional Christian community with Raul and Megan Gomez and their three children. Some of you may be wondering what intentional Christian community exactly is. Well, wikipedia does a good job of defining ICC:

“Christian intentional communities are usually composed of those wanting to emulate the practices of the earliest believers. Using the biblical book of Acts (and, often, the Sermon on the Mount) as a model, members of these communities strive for a practical outworking of their individual faith in a corporate context. These Christian intentional communities attempt to live out the teachings of the New Testament and practice lives of compassion and hospitality.”

Basically we have committed to moving in together, sharing meals, sharing prayer and worship and possibly sharing finances in a “thicker” community than we are used to in our traditional American neighborhoods. Ultimately we are sharing a community vision and mission with the Jubilee Food Pantry at it’s core.

We are looking into purchasing the building above. It is located in the center of Hubbard on 3rd and “D” St. It was built in 1890 and was originally the town pharmacy as well as at one point a Mennonite school. It is 4000 sq ft (2000 on the 1st floor and 2000 on the 2nd floor). It has 6-8 rooms upstairs where we would have our community space and an open space on the 1st floor where we would have the “larger” community space of the food pantry among other things. The building is raw. . . basically a shell with a new roof and foundation. Needless to say, it needs a lot of work. But we have begun to dream about this space: free dental and medical clinics, free legal advice for undocumented immigrants, community potlucks once a week. This is only the beginning.

The lot next door to this property is also for sale and we are eyeing it for a possible garden to help sustain our families as well supplementing the food pantry.

Let us dream together!

The Jubilee Food Pantry in 5 minutes. . .

Turkey and Ham Drive

541454_593685967334342_1601568596_nLast year we gave away more than 50 turkeys and 50 hams.  Please sign up to help us do this again.  And, as always, let us know if you’d like to come and get to know your neighbors. . . we always enjoy company!

The Lopez’s.

The Lopez's.

This family is a huge blessing to the JFP. We are so happy to have them as our friends.

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