My latest idea has been to start what I would call an 'Internal Spin Market Garden'. Basically form a small group of us that would go out, build, and tend small plots on parishioners' properties (raised or otherwise). The yield would then initially be split three ways.. 1/3 to the needy, 1/3 to the property owners, and 1/3 to be sold within the parish. The funds from that last 1/3 would go directly to the church. If it turns out to be successful enough, another chunk of the yield could be split off to sell to established CSAs, restaurants, or at farmers markets.
A way to sort of 'permie-up' the process a little would be to encourage owners to allow us to plant small-scale fruit and nut guilds on their properties as well.
Tina Paxton wrote:Now, you mentioned a concept called "Spin". Please explain this concept to me and how it might work in this context.
Tina Paxton wrote:Man-power is the other issue to work out.
Nick Kitchener wrote:A thing with spin is that it is very labour intensive. But that's why it makes for a good business because you can work it full time and earn a decent wage.
With volunteers things can be different, and you often rely on them turning up whenever they feel like turning up. Maybe s system like this is more likely to succeed if at least one under employed or unemployed person was engaged as the Jesus Nut of the operation
Craig Dobbelyu wrote: One thing that seemed obvious was that he had the expectation that somebody ( a higher power) was gonna take care of it and he didn't really want to DO anything.
Craig Dobbelyu wrote: So I guess it has everything to do with what type of congregation you're dealing with. Some are more receptive than others.
Nick Kitchener wrote:Yes the congregation is important. the church I attend is a very missions oriented one and we have a sign above the door as we exit which says "You are now entering the missions field".
Like any organisation, 80% of people are going to do absolutely nothing. No different in my church, but at least there is a concious and active push to see service in our immediate community as a missions work.
Since we have quite a few people (especially younger folks) who are looking to serve overseas at some point, I'm thinking something like this could be pitched as a boot camp for training and acquiring practical skills they can take with them in more exciting places