East Rock, seen from Yale Divinity Farm

Yale Divinity Farm

What: Yale Divinity Farm is a collaboration between Urban Resource Initiative and Yale Divinity School.
Who: YDS administrators teamed up with an invincible volunteer corps to build and cultivate the organic farm.
Where: On the Yale Divinity campus, near the dorms.
When: Now! It's growing as you read this.
Why: Because environmental stewardship is an act of faith. And because we love good food, grown well.
How to get involved: contact kai.hoffman-krull@yale.edu

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Robert's Pumpkin Patch

It was a warm and sunny day in May when several of us gathered at the Divinity Farm to plant the summer crops. Robert was there with his family and he was especially excited about the giant pumpkins. He planted three seedlings, and we just harvested three monster pumpkins. Good job Robert!

Here's the pumpkin at Robert's house. It weighed more than 100 pounds.

Here's Robert with his giant jack-o-lantern

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Community Building

Two happy campers take a break from their work on the compost bin.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Speaking of Food

YDS Alum Krista Tippett has an awesome interview with Barbara Kingsolver on Speaking of Faith.

Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, she says, is a "rare moral arena" in which the ethical choice is often the pleasurable choice" (American Public Media).

Environmental Justice Work Day.

Corn picture from summer of 2009. Just to get excited about the fall harvest...

Stephanie's really good at incorporating environmental stewardship into liturgy. Here she leads a blessing of the farm.

Sunshine, flowers, springtime, and banjo music. (you can't see the banjo, but he's there)



Props to John and Freddie Helmierre who engineered a new way to measure the beds. We moved the rope and string contraption with teamwork.

There's the banjo. A famous community in South America (Gaviotas) always has two volunteers playing music while the rest of the team works.

Environmental Justice Work Day

Preparing to plant a red oak with the Urban Resources Initiative. This tree will sequester about 1 ton of carbon dioxide.

Show time.

The second line parade down to the farm.

Musicians serenade the garden volunteers.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Global Partnership

Sarah and Andy worked at the Asian Rural Institute during the summer of 2009. We met young farmers from 30 countries, and we partnered with a really fun group from International Christian University, Tokyo. Rocky brought us to the University garden and we took this picture. You can almost see the hot humidity in this picture. Sunbeams steam through thick wet air...But it was a great experience