Our farm at New Garden Park is a “new creation” project—one that gives a foretaste of Christ’s Kingdom to come—under the Church of the Redeemer, an Anglican Church in Greensboro, NC. On our 9-acres of land, we are planting sacred gardens that regenerate ecosystems, produce abundant food, and nourish congregants, community members, and strangers. To do this, we are using a method of agriculture called “permaculture” or “regenerative agriculture,” which mimics the way God plants in His Creation. Our goal is to make this piece of land an ark of biodiverse life that sings its Creator’s praises and is deeply hospitable to both human and nonhuman creatures. We also hope this project forms us as holy people, to inhabit our gifted land with humility and justice. Finally, as Anglicans, we want to draw from centuries of Christian agrarian traditions that were once at the center of parish life.
Lena Van Wyk is our Farm Director at New Garden Park. She is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School and Pomona College, where she focused on agrarian and ecological theology and sustainable agriculture. She has lived and worked in Christian agricultural communities in Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Brazil, and Italy and is passionate about the ways the Holy Spirit is leading Christians around the world to revive agrarian practices that root them in God’s Creation. While in Divinity School, she founded the Duke Divinity School Biblical Orchard on campus, which was great practice for our project at New Garden Park.
Julia Myhre is Lena’s assistant and intern this year at the farm. She became connected through the Greensboro Fellows program, and works 25 hours/week on the farm. Julia grew up in Uganda and Kenya and then attended Duke University where she grew in her love and knowledge of farming by working on the campus farm.
Sarah Charles (right/front) and Nancy Damore (left/back) are two of our faithful volunteers who run the harvesting operations. They bring a unique joy and laughter to our team alongside first-class organizational skills and a fearless attitude.
Innocent Muco (far left) comes and volunteers several mornings a week at the farm before heading to work. Innocent is in charge of our East African crops that we are growing this year.
Sarah Dickey (left) and Sushmita (right) are also loyal volunteers. Sarah is in charge of our medicinal garden.
And lastly, our farm dog, Naomi. Naomi is a great white pyrenees, born in 2018, and was brought to us to help keep away the ground hogs but also because of her love of children. Though she is still sometimes a destructive puppy, she has thoroughly won over our hearts.