Roanridge grant to fund training, address poverty in Southern Ohio

February 3, 2012

[Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio] With a generous $20,000 grant from the Roanridge Trust Foundation, Procter Center in the Diocese of Southern Ohio will partner with Episcopal Relief and Development to host a four-day training entitled “Growing Food and Faith.” The Growing Food and Faith program is a unique, long-term initiative that prepares rural community leaders to address poverty, hunger and economic development within youth and young adult populations. The Growing Food and Faith training will teach participants how to develop very flexible, low-cost programs that can be implemented by any Episcopal congregation, regardless of its budget or resources.

Participants will be chosen based on their passion for sharing resources with others, sharing a heritage of giving with the next generations and sharing the Gospel with youth and young adults. The training will follow the Abundant Life Garden Project (ALGP) program and the Act Out curricula developed by Episcopal Relief and Development. The training is free for the 20 participants, who also will receive a $200 stipend for transportation costs.

The Rev. Shannon Ferguson-Kelly, freelance writer and consultant, will administer the Growing Food and Faith training. Other facilitators include Bishop Nedi Rivera of the Diocese of Eastern Oregon, the Rev. Rosa Lee Harden, an Episcopal priest and farmer in Ashville, Tennessee, and Paul Clever, and Episcopal friar and creator of Good Earth Farm in Athens, Ohio.

To learn more, contact Christine Tokarz at ctokarz@diosohio.org. Registration details are available here.