We believe that we are called to steward creation through permaculture*, responsible land management, sustainability efforts, and conservation of all living things.
Some of the ways we do this:
- Composting food scraps from the Jesus People kitchen and used coffee grounds from Everybody’s Coffee
- Making our own soil from mulch, compost, and castings from red wrigglers and mealworms
- Recycling waste and building materials
- Saving seeds when the plants mature
- Growing pollinator-friendly plants and native grasses, restoring native habitats for preserving biodiversity
- Maintaining a 4-star Energy Star certification for our Jesus People building
- Cultivating a small rural property in Monee, Illinois through hugelkultur and other types of planting
*From Permaculture magazine:
“What is Permaculture?
- Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.
- It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.
By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now, and for generations to come.”