Local Projects: Bellwether Farm, Diocese of Ohio

The Episcopal Church has approved 44 Stewardship of Creation grants for local projects, including many great ideas that your parish or diocese could do too. Every Thursday, we feature one here!

SOC Grant_ Bellwether Farm Ohio

This week we highlight Bellwether Farm, the Diocese of Ohio’s new diocesan camp, retreat, and education center featuring a working, sustainable farm. Bellwether Farm is using its $10,000 grant for “initial work… consisting of formation materials and other educational resources which would be models for other communities seeking to institute similar programs.”

On its website, the mission statement says, “Bellwether Farm Camp, Retreat, and Education Center will offer a model for sustainable living that promotes physical and spiritual wellness, fidelity to the environment, and social justice by incorporating farming, food production, and environmental stewardship into land-based educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.” Learn more at https://www.bellwetherfarm.com/

It’s not very often that you hear about a diocese starting a brand-new camp – how very cool! This reminds us of General Convention Resolution 2018-A010, which encourages all Episcopal camps and conference centers to plant “Paris Groves” of trees to commemorate the Paris Agreement on climate change. What is your diocesan camp doing to help care for creation?

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