welcome to the honoré growers guild

The Honoré Growers Guild is formed of the farmers, millers, bakers and churches that grow, mill, bake and serve communion bread made from flour grown from ancient strains of wheat. Each member of the Guild plays a vital part in restoring the ancient circle of providing life-giving bread to all. The bread on the altar symbolizes our commitment to care for the earth and its people.

 
 

mission

The Honoré Growers Guild’s mission is to create awareness, offer education and build connections to recreate agricultural communities that have existed for thousands of years by restoring the harmonious interdependence between the farmer, the miller, the baker and the Church.

vision

The Honoré Growers Guild’s envisions regional grain economies (farmer, miller, baker and church-goer), enabling every Episcopal altar to sustainably and intentionally source their communion bread or wafers. Through the aggregation of our sustainability data, we can better encourage others to follow our lead.

The church will be able to more readily respond to the environmental crisis through the coordination and resources the HGG offers. The Honore Growers Guild offers a practical solution for the Church in response to the current environmental crisis.The HGG envisions an ecological and spiritual renewal of farming, giving way to the restored vitality of wheat to make sustainable, healthy and delicious communion bread. An ecological renewal with the awareness of the sacred within creation. A practical solution in response to the current environmental crisis. A way of life that is in harmony with the earth as a living whole.
This icon of Mary blessing the fields for a safe and fruitful harvest was painted at the blessing of the Elder Ambrose of Russia in the 19th century. Miracles of were recorded when this icon was brought to the field when praying for rain during drought and famine.

This icon of Mary blessing the fields for a safe and fruitful harvest was painted at the blessing of the Elder Ambrose of Russia in the 19th century. Miracles of were recorded when this icon was brought to the field when praying for rain during drought and famine.


why bake your communion bread with Honoré flour?


what's the problem with the bread we eat in America?

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Conventional wheat farming causes ecological degradation,
polluting water and soil with toxic pesticides, emitting huge amounts of greenhouse gases, and causing the loss of topsoil.

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Your bread is baked with seeds owned and patented by corporations.  
Wheat seeds are proprietary and patented, denying farmers the right to
replant from their own harvest each season.

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Commercial flour and bread and the agri-businesses that mass produce it are so destructive
o the planet that they are inconsistent with the Church’s core values of stewardship and care for all Creation.

 

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Most bread in America has little or no nutritional benefit.
In addition, many people cannot digest conventional wheat
products, depriving them of participating in Eucharist.

 

 

Care and justice for all creation is a core value of The Episcopal Church. Eco-justice ministries seek to heal, defend, and work toward justice for all God's creation and to respect the kinship and connection of all that God created through education, advocacy, and action (which is inconsistent with the Episcopal Church’s intention to protect Earth for all of God’s creation).

Inconsistency of the sacramental proclamation of the Episcopal church and the reality of today’s communion bread production, the Honore Growers Guild seeks to provide harmony with the Episcopal Church’s values of sustainability and the way we create our communion bread.

Most if not all communion bread is made from wheat grown without spiritual intention, farmed with pesticides, and stripped of nutrients through refinement and bleaching. Today’s industrial agricultural system removes the personal relationship between grower and consumer, between farmer and church-goer.

The Honore Growers Guild aims to recreate communities that have existed for thousands of years—the harmonious, cooperative connection between the farmer, the miller, the baker and the church--and to restore vitality to wheat to make sustainable, healthy and delicious communion bread.


the honoré growers guild's cumulative sustainability impact

by growing and milling local heirloom wheat instead of purchasing industrially farmed wheat.

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what the honoré growers guild can do for you

expertise 

The Honoré Growers Guild provides unique expertise and the knowledge necessary to take farmers and churches through the entire process of supplying grain for communion bread, including on-site consultations, soil prep, seed selection, resources for planning community planting and harvest days and personalized communion bread recipes.

form connections in your community

Being part of the Guild creates community by interlinking churches, farmers, millers and bakers making interdependent local grain economies. Learn how to host community planting and harvest days.

be part of a national movement

Join a national movement that is improving our food system and thereby addressing climate change by fostering interdependent and sustainable local grain economies.

marketing and promotion outreach

The Honoré Growers Guild provides resources for churches, newsletters  and blogs, Whether farmer, miller, baker, or church, your role in the mission will be recognized nationally.

certification

Gain legitimacy with our seed certification non-proprietary seed certification.
  • certified organic seed
  • non-proprietary seed
  • stone-milled
  • distribution stays local (define local)
  • farmed with little or no irrigation
  • use of sustainable farming practices (low-till, crop rotation, cover cropping, no or low irrigation)
  • land is blessed
  • seed is blessed
  • a percentage of the grain is hand-planted and hand-harvested by community volunteers
  • low transportation costs
  • local distribution
  • low irrigation
  • sustainable farming practices (no pesticides and non-GMO)
  • honoring the Earth, the seed, the land in a beautiful process
Gain invaluable connections with churches, bakers, millers and farmers through Honoré Growers Guild’s database

Gain invaluable connections with churches, bakers, millers and farmers through Honoré Growers Guild’s database

The Reverend Chris Rankin-Williams from St. John’s Ross, California sharing freshly baked communion bread made from Honore flour

The Reverend Chris Rankin-Williams from St. John’s Ross, California sharing freshly baked communion bread made from Honore flour


Community Harvest day 2016 at the Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg California  

Community Harvest day 2016 at the Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg California

 

learn how to host community planting and harvest days

Honore Farm & Mill celebrates the ancient ritual of community planting and harvest days to reconnect our community 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 those seeds and milled the flour.


guild member farms, mills, bakeries, and churches


how to join

do you own land and want to learn to grow wheat?

do you own a stone mill and want to grind wheat?
 

are you a baker or church that wants to bake communion bread with Honoré flour?

One of honoré's farmers, Jesus, from preston farm & winery, healdsburg, california

One of honoré's farmers, Jesus, from preston farm & winery, healdsburg, california

honoré's miller, doug mosel of the mendecino grain project, ukaih, california

honoré's miller, doug mosel of the mendecino grain project, ukaih, california

the beloved reverend stefani schatz celebrating eucharist at the diocese of california clergy conference, 2016

the beloved reverend stefani schatz celebrating eucharist at the diocese of california clergy conference, 2016

Would you like to join the Honoré Growers Guild? We are looking for five new farms and partners excited to join us in our mission of enabling all Episcopal altars to source sustainable flour for communion bread.

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episcopal general convention

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry celebrating Eucharist with bread baked with Honoré flour at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry celebrating Eucharist with bread baked with Honoré flour at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

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The Reverend Amber Carswell from Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock  

The Reverend Amber Carswell from Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock

 

A group of young adults from Black Lives Matter enjoying the delicious taste of whole wheat bread made with Honore flour

A group of young adults from Black Lives Matter enjoying the delicious taste of whole wheat bread made with Honore flour

The Reverend Thomas Brackett (Church Planting and Redevelopment) has been a longtime friend, colleague, and advocate  to Honore Farm & Mill

The Reverend Thomas Brackett (Church Planting and Redevelopment) has been a longtime friend, colleague, and advocate  to Honore Farm & Mill

The Reverend Stephanie Spellers Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. When you eat this bread, what do you remember? “I remember sitting at Grandma’s table, eating cobbler and feeling loved.”

The Reverend Stephanie Spellers Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation.
When you eat this bread, what do you remember?
“I remember sitting at Grandma’s table, eating cobbler and feeling loved.”

In 2015, Honoré Farm & Mill provided the flour for communion bread at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Keep your eye out for Honoré Farm & Mill at the 2018 Episcopal General Convention in Austin, Texas.