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Foxfire Friday: Kombucha.

April 26, 2011

Learn how to ferment tea for a delicious, refreshing, and sparkling beverage adventure. Samples will be provided (including Bethel’s famous blueberry bucha) – and mother scobies will be available for donation. Led by Bethel.

Location:  Hope Fellowship (1721 Sanger Ave.)

Please RSVP your attendance to Bethel Erickson (


Spirituality and Food Panel in Austin.

April 13, 2011

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University Baptist Church hopes you will join us.

Topics of discussion will cover ecology and theology, world hunger, sustainable living, and uban garden growing. Our guest panelists are sure to provide a wealth of pertinent and exciting knowledge for the conscientious consumer of food.  Join us on Wednesday, April 27th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at University Baptist Church for this stirring conversation.  And follow us on Twitter for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Central Market.  Also, the first 50 people to arrive for the event will receive a free grocery tote.



Originally hailing from the mono-cropped farmlands of the Midwest, Bethel Erickson now resides in Waco, Texas, as a self-proclaimed agrarian social worker for the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition. Graduating from a small liberal arts college in NE Iowa in 2007, Bethel has since worn many hats as a counselor for ex-offenders on the South Side of Chicago, as a homeless outreach worker in Delaware, and eventually as a farmer at a lovely little place called the World Hunger Relief Farm in Waco. She is mother to six chickens, two rabbits, two dogs (one horse-sized), Mr. Tumnus the cat and enjoys communing at potlucks, playing Scrabble and swapping stories with grandmas and anarchists – all at the same time.

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Jeremy Everett is the Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) which is a capacity building project within the Baylor University School of Social Work’s Center for Family and Community Ministries and a partner of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission that seeks to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through policy, education, community organizing, and community development.  Jeremy was also the founder of Guadalupe Street Coffee, a social entrepreneurship venture, whose mission is to deal with the root causes of poverty in San Antonio’s West Side through holistic community development approach. He has worked for international and community development organizations as a teacher, religious leader, community organizer, fundraiser, and organic farmer.  Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University.


Matt joined the World Hunger Relief staff in January 2006 and is their Director of Education. He is a certified history teacher. Previously, Matt worked for the county Juvenile Justice Alternative Education School, where he taught Waco’s troubled youth and developed a gardening program including vegetables, rabbits, and vermicomposting. During this time he witnessed the amazing way that introducing students to plants and animals can help change their lives. Matt and his wife Sarah have two daughters: Maya 7 and Nora 4. Sarah is a professional photographer.


Professor Bill Greenway joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1998. Previously, he served as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary, adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, and visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He has served various churches in New York, New Jersey, and the Philippines as pastoral assistant, ecumenical associate, youth minister, and adult educator. He is an elder at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, where he has served on Session, chaired the Adult Education committee, volunteered with the program for university students, and taught a weekly adult Sunday School class.

Dr. Greenway focuses upon contemporary conversations among theology and philosophy and church and society. He is especially interested in theology and ecology and spiritually. He speaks regularly at churches, academic conferences, and publishes in journals like The Christian Century, The Journal of Religion, and Theology Today. His course offerings which range from more traditional offerings like “Plato and the Western Intellectual Tradition” and “Theology and Science: Critical Issues in the Contemporary Debate,” to more creative offerings like “Nature, Theology, and Ethics” and the experientially based course, “An Adventure in Wilderness and Spirituality.”

Dr. Greenway especially enjoys Austin because of its collegial atmosphere and student-driven sense of mission, because of its commitment to the church, because of its diverse and supportive faculty and staff, and because of the passion and commitment of his students.

He also currently serves as the faculty advisor to our newly formed student group, Queer Alliance.


We hope to see you soon!



Rebekah Falk, Associate Pastor
University Baptist Church

Spring Farm Day at the Farm.

March 28, 2011

Foxfire Friday: Herbs.

March 18, 2011

Upcoming Foxfire Friday:  March 18.  5pm.  Herbs!

Join the Urban Gardening Coalition for another  Foxfire Friday Workshop. Learn how to make herbal salves and tinctures as well as which herbs are good for what and how to grow, harvest and collect them. Led by Elise Voyvodic.

Location:  Hope Fellowship (1721 Sanger Ave.)

Please RSVP your attendance to Bethel Erickson (

Waco Mushroom Collective.

March 14, 2011

The Waco mushroom collective will kick off with it’s inaugural meeting on Saturday, March 19, 3:00pm at the World Hunger Relief Farm.

Local mushroom expert Jeff Sharp is ready to produce the spawn, provide other materials, and teach you how.  We’ll be talking mostly about what model will work (what Jeff will provide, what it will cost the participants, which mushrooms, when).

Please pass this word on to others you think may be interested.  We welcome anyone from those interested in small quantities for their own consumption to those interested in making a commercial venture out of growing mushrooms.

Please RSVP to Neil R. Miller ( or 799-5611) so that we have an idea how many are coming.

See you then!

Beyond the Backyard: Garden Bed Prep Workshop.

February 28, 2011

March 12, 2011 (Saturday):   10am-12pm. At the World Hunger Relief Farm – 356 Spring Lake Road.

Join us for our next Beyond the Backyard Garden Workshop:  Garden Bed Preparation.  We’ll discuss various methods (and the theories behind those methods) for prepping your garden beds.  Aaron Basescu (former CSA/Produce intern at the World Hunger Relief) and Bethel Erickson (HOT Urban Gardening Coalition)  will lead a discussion on no-till methods promoted by Masanobu Fukuoka and Ruth Stout – as well as double-dig methods, and rototiller preparation.  After the discussion, we will move out to the garden to prep some beds using the methods discussed (including learning how to use a rototiller) and planting some crops for Bethel’s Wedding Garden Patch!

Donations are encourage ($5-10) – to support this and other programs facilitated by the Urban Gardening Coalition.  Participants are also encouraged to bring a seasonal dish to share for a potluck and continued discussion following the workshop.

Foxfire Friday: Dairy Madness!

February 11, 2011

Join the Urban Gardening Coalition for another  Foxfire Friday Workshops. Dairy Madness!  Participants will learn hands-on how to make both yogurt and a simple quick cheese in their own homes.  And local farmer Carl Spain will bring some examples of hard cheeses he’s been crafting.  Bring your own recipes – if you’ve experienced the joy of working with dairy.

Location:  Hope Fellowship (1721 Sanger Ave.)

Please RSVP your attendance to Bethel Erickson (