Ecological Land Ministry (ELM)
Our mission is to actively work to improve our society and the environment.
|For the past few years here at UUCBG, as a congregation we’ve been learning about soil conservation, ecological diversity, and permanent agriculture (permaculture) techniques. We’ve listened to guest speakers, had Food for Thought discussions, and created a very tall raised bed (a hugelkulture garden) right next to our own building. We’ve also enjoyed the fruits of the harvest from that garden.Our Ecological Land Ministry (ELM) team developed a plan to minister to the land by creating a vibrant ecosystem that produces food for people and habitats for native creatures, and on 28 December 2014, the congregation voted unanimously to adopt the plan.|
In January of 2015, we began creating a “garden grove” in the large grassy area between Nashville Road and our buildings. The space will contain meadows with native wildflowers that offer habitats for local fauna, a lawn and pathways of grass and clover for human use, and young trees and shrubs that eventually will provide food and shade. The roots of the plants will absorb water and help hold the soil, which will help reduce the effects of flooding, such as happened in 2010.