our first harvest!

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On July 25th a lively group of all ages learned how to hand harvest wheat at The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. Under sunny, but thankfully not too hot conditions, we worked in a manner that felt like a 'barn-raising.' One harvester commented,

"What meant the most to me at the harvest was the level of teamwork and dedication of all the volunteers who participated."

Another person described his experience of the harvest as,

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“Connecting as never before with the cycle of life”

When the last sheaf was loaded into the truck there was a shout of joy and shared satisfaction on a job well done.

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We want to especially thank the three congregations who have joined our CSA; St. John's Ross, St. John's Oakland, and St. Ambrose Foster City! These congregations will receive a year's supply of freshly-milled, heirloom Sonora flour to be used for baking their communion bread.

Why is Farm to Altar Table growing wheat for communion bread when you can buy flour or bread at a store? Daniel Green, put it well in his sermon after hearing about our harvest;

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"Because when we eat with the consciousness of just how precious and miraculous this sacramental food really is, we receive the gift, not merely of a piece of bread, but of the love and mercy of God that gives life to the world."  

Here's the full sermon Holy Eating (look for the sermon in your downloads folder)

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