The nerve of a church and its neighbors working together in a garden to preserve and restore sacred trust. The Pathway Forward Community Garden launched on Juneteenth (June 19th) 2021 with the help of the University Maryland Extinction Master Gardener initiative, the Black Church Food Security Network, Inter-faith Partners for the Chesapeake, Lowe's Home Team, United Way of Central Maryland and a generous grant from the Foundation for Spirituality and Medicine. A year later the garden along with its super-sized pollinator garden has transformed the 1100 square block of West Lexington Street in Baltimore City.
We dare to engage in a sacred resistance which defies the idea that the legacy residents and resent neighbors cannot work together, growing organic vegetables and herbs, as a means of building community. Together, we put our hand in the soil, make conversation, relief stress, and implement plans for a life sustaining community called Poppleton. We are persuaded that our best days are yet to come.
Our resistance chants are:
The earth belongs to the Lord, and everything in it—
the world and all its people.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
The Lord has done this, and it is amazing to us.
The Lord God has told us what is right
and what he demands: “See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God.”
Build houses and live in them. Settle in the land. Plant gardens and eat the food you grow.