For the second year in a row, The Black Church Food Security Network spent #EarthDay Weekend in Atlanta. Georgia is in second place when it comes to where most of our member churches are currently located. (Maryland is number one!). We made great progress this past weekend on a number of exciting initiatives that we’ve helped to organize in Atlanta:

On Friday, we helped to launch The Black Church Food & Land Institute (the “spirit-child” of Rev. Matthew Williams) in partnership with the Interdenominational Theological Center.

On Saturday, we helped to organize a garden day to help revitalize the Alkebulan Garden at the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church Shrine #9.

On Sunday, we helped to launch a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Ebenezer Baptist Church. We now have 70 members of this congregation who have signed up to get their produce on a weekly basis from a wonderful Black farming family!

Special thanks to the brilliant, Dr. Maisha Kariamu Handy (interim president of ITC), Dr. Joi Orr (ITC), Dr. Ravá Chapman, Bishop Mwenda Brown and our church family at Shrine #9, Pastor Raphael Warnock and the entire team at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Ethel Richards, Farmer Maurice Small, Farmer Musa, Farmer Micole and Bread & Butter Farms and the many cousins and comrades who helped to make this Earth Day Weekend such a rousing success!

We can’t wait to get back to our “second home,” Atlanta, Georgia to spend more time organizing for Black food sovereignty.