a national guild
We envision the Guild as a national network of regional grain economies (farmer, miller, baker, and church), enabling every altar to sustainably and intentionally source their communion bread or wafers. In the past year, the Honoré Growers Guild expanded geographically beyond our home Diocese of California to include four new dioceses: Texas, Kentucky, and Eastern and Western Michigan. As the Guild grows, our connections with each other are strengthened and our impact is greater.
For the past four years we have focused on building connections within the Episcopal community, however, this year we have expanded to all churches and organizations. We warmly welcome and encourage anyone interested in joining the Guild to sign up for a flour or wafer share or come to our conference.
Honoré Growers Guild farmers grow heirloom, ancient grain wheat using low-till, non-invasive farming practices that have been shown to draw down CO² from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil.* The map below shows how much CO² each Episcopal diocese could draw down each year if every church in that diocese served Communion bread made with Honoré’s practices. If every Episcopal Church in the United States joined the Growers Guild—to create and serve locally and lovingly produced communion bread—we have the potential to draw down 95 million pounds of CO² from the atmosphere annually. This is in alignment with the National Episcopal Church’s goal to address climate change. Join us in this timely and important work by participating in our flour or communion wafer share and by attending our first annual conference to learn how to bring the Honoré Growers Guild to life in your community.
farming our spiritual values
Honoré wheat is about more than just taste. Our farm practices express our values in action with the intention to care for the soil, water, and all relationships in the ecosystem. Our Growers Guild farmers grow heirloom, ancient grain wheat using low-till, non-invasive farming practices that decrease water usage, improve soil health, and draw CO² from the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground. These practices are healing both for the Earth and for our relationship with it. Farming with ecological practices makes our work of growing food an act of Land Stewardship.
Compare the impact of Honoré flour and communion wafers with the impact of conventional flour and wafers below.
community planting and harvest days
Growers Guild wheat is planted and harvested in community: we celebrate the ancient ritual of planting and harvest days that reconnect people with the land and with each other.
In England, harvest days like ours are also called Lammas Day, which literally means "loaf-mass." Lammas comes from the ancient Celtic festival which marked the first harvest. Ceremonially the first sheaf of wheat was threshed, milled and baked into bread. The bread was offered to Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, in recognition for the land providing their food. Later, Christians saw the wisdom of giving thanks for food that comes from God's earth and adopted this practice, giving thanks to God for the "first fruits" of the field.
We share bread baked from the harvest, feeling the energy of the sun in our mouths, knowing every hand that touched the seeds and milled the flour.
Episcopal general convention 2018
First Voyage: The Mobile Mill travelled to Austin!
The Honoré Mobile Mill took a 3500 mile round trip journey to demonstrate stone milling at the 2018 Episcopal General Convention in Austin in July 2018.
We are proud to have helped source the communion bread being used at this summer’s General Convention. The wheat was grown in Texas, stone-milled just outside of Austin, and baked steps away from the Austin Convention Center. The recipe used is Honoré’s honey whole wheat communion bread.
Stories of Food + Farm Ministries
Interested in the relationship between food, farming and faith? Check out this publication by our founder and Agricultural Chaplain, Elizabeth.