Service & Justice

Retreats Gardening Service & Justice Arts

"Love and justice and truth are the only monuments that endure... generation after generation." (Rev. Meg Riley)

There are two major components to our Service and Justice Program. The first draws on the heritage of the property as a working farm that fed orphans and their caregivers. The Fields will revive the land as a means of providing food for those in need. Through the "Harvest for the Hungry" program administered through the Minnesota Emergency Foodshelf Network, fresh produce grown in our gardens will be delivered to one or more of the four food shelves in Goodhue County. Fresh produce from local growers supplements the non-perishables from the local shelves. In the summer, low-income families feel the need for additional food sources as their children do without the free/reduced lunch programs provided through the schools. Since Goodhue County currently has no summer lunch program, Harvest for the Hungry programs attempt to fill some of these "missing meals" with fresh, nutritious produce.

Produce sold directly to guests and visitors will finance an annual project selected by the Board. Funds raised through garden sales will be targeted for outreach programs consistent with our mission and values. The larger community of The Fields can support, for example, the building of a well in Africa, micro-finance programs in developing countries, sustainable farming initiatives in Romanian villages through Project Harvest Hope, and "adoption" of village schools in the Khasi Hills of India.

The second major component of our Service and Justice Program reframes the original hospitality ministry of the Vasa Childrens' Home. The Fields will provide direct hospitality to those rebuilding their lives out of crisis and turmoil. We will partner with women's shelters in Goodhue County, with other not-for-profit organizations and corporate sponsors to welcome the financially limited to the beauty, peace, and healing presence of the land. Programs will be created in collaboration with partner organizations.

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