Grossnickle Church of the Brethren

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Field of Hope

The Field of Hope Growing Project is a joint effort of several local churches and is affiliated with the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) a national organization whose mission is to alleviate world hunger by globally connecting local communities through agriculture. 

Each year, in support of the Field of Hope Growing Project, members of the Church donate their land, time, labor and money to help eradicate hunger through sustainable programs that grow lasting solutions to hunger. 


2015 marked our tenth year as a Growing Project.  During 2017,we are supporting a program in Guatemala called Four Departments.  In the second phase of this program, World Renew will continue to work in partnership with four local organizations and will assist farmers in remote communities to adopt environmentally sustainable practices that will help them improve their crop production while also taking better care of their natural resources. Most of these communities are located on slopes of mountains and hills, and finding ways to combat erosion and increase soil fertility are essential for them. The main activities will be: training agricultural promoters on key farming techniques and assisting them as they promote these techniques among other farmers in the community.  This work will build on the success of the previous phase with the current communities and expand to reach 12 more communities.

We begin each Growing Project in May with the Blessing of the Seed and finish in September or October with the Harvest Celebration.   We welcome your participation and support!


You can help support the Guatemala Four Departments 2017 Program when you eat out at Bob Evans "Dual Highway" in Hagerstown.  Take along and present the Bob Evans Community Fundraiser flyer and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Field of Hope Growing Project.  The offer is good any time during business hours on the dates listed on the flyer.


Honduras is a country with forestry in 87% of the territory, with predominance of mountains and cloud. Due to the inadequate management of natural resources, Honduras was placed as the country with the highest vulnerability in the world followed by Bangladesh, for events such as floods, landslides, droughts, forest fires, among others, which cause damage to human life and economic losses. Building on work begun in 2008, the current Nueva Frontera program promotes natural resource protection and implements conservation practices to improve agriculture and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. This program also promotes diversification of food supply which allows beneficiaries to improve their diet and nutrition. Alliances are formed with a wide variety of groups that are important to the long term strengthening of food chains, improving levels of competitiveness through the use of natural resources and local capacities that exist, as well as contributing to the comprehensive development of not only families, but also the municipality. Youth participate actively in seeking solutions with activities that highlight the protection of the environment and natural resources. For more information check out this interactive map from Church World Service.

Check out these photos from Church World Service photographer Sean Hawkey.

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