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[Chris Smith] Imagining Creation – Post #1

by csmith - October 6, 2008 - 7:38 am

I have been helping to coordinate an event for the Spirit and Place Festival called “Imagining Creation” which will be held on Sunday Nov. 9.  This event is a conversation around these questions: What part does spirituality play in the green movement? In his Ethical Living blog, Giulio Sica wonders whether the environmental debate is [...]

Ragan Sutterfield on Farming: Just do it!

by csmith - December 10, 2007 - 9:57 am

A wonderful blog post from Ragan Sutterfield on farming wherever you are… The Quarter-Acre Farm When someone finds out that I farm they often respond, “Oh, I would love to farm.”  My response is usually “Why don’t you?”  Too often people identify farming with something big—a hundred acres in the country with cows, chickens, pigs—the [...]


by csmith - November 27, 2007 - 10:28 am

Apologies for the break in posting…  and thanks to all who have kept the conversation going in the comments! This past weekend, I found that Ragan Sutterfield has a blog.  Ragan is a farmer and a writer, a sort of Wendell Berry for the younger generations, who is also the author of the excellent Ekklesia [...]

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

by csmith - October 31, 2007 - 10:48 am

I am almost done with Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which tells the story of her family’s commitment to eat only locally-produced food for a year.  There’s so much food for thought — not to mention thought for food — here.  I hope that some others here at Englewood will read this [...]


by csmith - October 29, 2007 - 10:36 pm

These are a couple of pictures from one of the days that some of our moms spent canning tomatoes together. Most of the tomatoes they canned — in different forms: juice, sauce, salsa, etc — came from local farms, and they were able to preserve a fair number of quarts (and pints) for each of [...]

Green Roof.

by csmith - September 28, 2007 - 8:36 am

Here’s a few pictures of the commercial building that we own at the corner of 10th and Rural streets.  We have been blessed to get a significant amount of grant money for the purpose of putting a “green roof” on the building (one of the first in Indianapolis!!!).  Here is a good introduction to what [...]

Farming the Concrete Jungle…

by csmith - September 12, 2007 - 11:08 am

Here is an article that will resonate with many of our folks at Englewood: Farming the Concrete Jungle In cities across the country urban farmers are growing communities, greening the landscape and revolutionizing food politics. [ READ THE FULL ARTICLE ]

Raising Chickens…

by csmith - September 5, 2007 - 1:50 pm

A few of our Englewood folks have, in the last year or so, taken to raising chickens.  “Raising chickens in the city?!?!” you say?  Yes, in the city…  Legally, it seems to be a bit of a grey area, but we’ve been told as long as there are no roosters, nobody seems to mind.  There’s been [...]