Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Growing Cities

First Central is one of the many faith communities that supports a return to the land, green living and expanding access to fresh fruit and veggies for all our city's residents. First Central partners with The Big Garden, a network of community gardens in metropolitan Omaha and southeast Nebraska. The Big Garden empowers neighbors to grow nutritious food, build community relationships, create safe neighborhood spaces, and develop healthy lifestyles. Behind our very church building neighbors and church members grow goodies for all to share in the bounty. We use the produce we grow to cook meals for the monthly Neighbors United Community Meal.

As a community of faith, we feel that it is important to promote our "green" resources and support similar efforts. Once such Omaha project is the Growing Cities Movie and Movement. Growing Cities is a feature-length documentary film about urban farming across America. It follows two Omaha native friends in their road trip across country as they meet with leaders in the urban farming movement and learn how cities are being revitalized one vegetable, bee, and chicken at a time.

We hope that you enjoy learning about what First Central Congregational Church United Church of Christ and other Omaha organizations are doing to better our community.

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  1. Update: At FCC, we are bringing the Community Garden and the Neighbors United Community Meal together. For the August 27th meal that the FCC Community Meal Team prepared, we used fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and basil from excess donations from the Garden to make the salad. In addition, excess produce is available at coffee hour after Sunday services and the donations for that produce goes to help offset the cost of the Community Meal. In this way, we are participating in outreach to the local neighborhood in different ways.