This past weekend we had 80 youth and adults at Luther Glen for our High School Winter Retreat! We spent the weekend talking about different ways to Engage others, ourselves, and God. The retreat theme came to life as the High Schooler’s entered the Luther Glen Farm where they were greeted by our animals and garden.
Watching as youth and adults were drawn to the different elements of the farm, we were able to experience and share just how unique and blessed we all are.
Some people let their love for the garden flourish as they helped pick kale, carrots, cilantro, and radishes that they then got to eat. Their time spent in the garden helped them to see how the food they eat grows and the importance of sustainable living.
Others spent time engaging with our animals, experiencing life in the chicken coop, and roaming with our herd of livestock. Their passion for this place really came alive when they had an opportunity to do service projects in various parts of the farm. A team of asphalt removers, painters, and chicken coop beautifiers were sprinkled all throughout the farm allowing them to experience ‘a day in the life at the Luther Glen Farm’.
During this time youth workers and campers saw how the works that was being done would help this farm far beyond one day of service. Thankfully this insight to service created high spirits, laughter and hard work.
We saw this weekend an ignited desire to share where food comes from, how animals live together, the hard work that goes into maintaining a farm and to talk more about sustainable living. The moments on the farm this weekend proved that this generation is a special one. Through passion, talent and the hard work, we reaffirmed the calling of this farm, especially for the youth in our communities that will be able to rise up and engage in their passions like they engaged the elements of the farm this weekend.
The weekend concluded with Pastor Glen preaching the importance of the food and the work that we are doing on the farm. One of those important things being that we have been able to help Central City Lutheran Mission located in the heart of San Bernardino’s food desert. The group came to understand that a food dessert is a place where it is easier to get fast food than fresh produce, a place where liquor stores are more common than a supermarket. And we all came to the conclusion that this farm is our way of engaging the community and people around us and that everyone in that room is called to engage the community and people around them, in all the different ways that may be.
This weekend we all witnessed Luther Glen Farm coming into its role for our youth and local community. We could not be happier with what the future holds for our herd, flock, community and campers.