Grossnickle Church of the Brethren

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Field of Hope

The Field of Hope Growing Project is a joint effort of several local churches and is affiliated with the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) a national organization whose mission is to alleviate world hunger by globally connecting local communities through agriculture. 

Each year, in support of the Field of Hope Growing Project, members of the Church donate their land, time, labor and money to help eradicate hunger through sustainable programs that grow lasting solutions to hunger. 

2015 marked our tenth year as a Growing Project.  During 2016, we are supporting a program in Zambia NorthwestWorking with farmers in 3 districts in the Northwestern part of Zambia, this program's goal is to boost food production of staple crops including maize, cassava, Irish potato, sweet potato, and vegetables. Training will include techniques such as: pot holing, green manure, crop rotation, manure tea, diversified farming, tree planting, and fertilizer usage. By improving crop production, families will be able to pay for education costs for children and malnutrition will decrease.  The program supports 4,500 individuals in 450 households in  37 communities.

We begin each Growing Project in May with the Blessing of the Seed and finish in September or October with the Harvest Celebration.   We welcome your participation and support!

You can help support the Zambia Northwest 2016 Program when you eat out at one of two participating Bob Evans locations.   Visit either the "Golden Mile" Bob Evans in Frederick or "Dual Highway" Bob Evans in Hagerstown and take along and present the Bob Evans Community Fundraiser flyer and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Field of Hope Growing Project.  The offer is good any time during business hours on the dates listed on the flyer.



Honduras is a country with forestry in 87% of the territory, with predominance of mountains and cloud. Due to the inadequate management of natural resources, Honduras was placed as the country with the highest vulnerability in the world followed by Bangladesh, for events such as floods, landslides, droughts, forest fires, among others, which cause damage to human life and economic losses. Building on work begun in 2008, the current Nueva Frontera program promotes natural resource protection and implements conservation practices to improve agriculture and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. This program also promotes diversification of food supply which allows beneficiaries to improve their diet and nutrition. Alliances are formed with a wide variety of groups that are important to the long term strengthening of food chains, improving levels of competitiveness through the use of natural resources and local capacities that exist, as well as contributing to the comprehensive development of not only families, but also the municipality. Youth participate actively in seeking solutions with activities that highlight the protection of the environment and natural resources. For more information check out this interactive map from Church World Service.

Check out these photos from Church World Service photographer Sean Hawkey.

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