Faith and Food Justice in New Rochelle, NY: The Peace Garden Project Open Access

Lewis, Michelle (Spring 2018)

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Food justice and issues of food security are present in every community in America. Faith and Food Justice in New Rochelle, NY: The Peace Garden Project addresses food justice issues in the community of New Rochelle, New York while asking the questions: Is it possible to address cultural competency while addressing food justice? Is there a theology for understanding and engaging in social justice work as communities of faith? What are some ways that we might engage with our neighbors and other community partners to create healthier eco-systems in our natural and built environments? Which eco-systems are we a part of in the communities where we live, work, and worship?

This project begins answering these questions for the community of New Rochelle, while providing theological and practical grounding for the role of gardens in communities. The Peace Garden Project shows that gardening in communities doesn’t just provide an opportunity to grow healthy food, but provides opportunities for individuals and groups to begin challenging the intersectional oppressive systems that are present in each and every community in America.

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SECTION 1- THE PEACE GARDEN PROJECT 1

SECTION 2-NEW ROCHELLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2

SECTION 3-THEOLOGICAL BASIS 3

SECTION 4-WHY A GARDEN? 8

SECTION 5-IN THE GARDEN 10

SECTION 6- CASE STUDIES 13

SECTION 7-SURVEY RESULTS 16

SECTION 8-SELF-REFLECTION 19

SECTION 9-1ST YEAR REVIEW 20

SECTION 10- CONCLUSION  21

APPENDIX 24

BIBLIOGRAPHY 37

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