About CMAP

The Camp Mitchell Agricultural Program

           Food           Ecology         Communion

Where We Started

Harvesting pumpkins for pie making at Family Camp
The Camp Mitchell Agricultural Project was started as a response to campers, counselors, and the staff who showed an increasing interest answering a call to stewardship of creation. Before CMAP began in 2013, the camp community started a composting system, built raised bed gardens, set up a green house, and planted fruit trees. So in the fall of 2013, Doug and Jenny Knight were hired to expand Camp Mitchell's capacity to produce its own food and to allow its campers and visitors to be a part of that process. We believe this opens the door for spiritual growth, ecological awareness, sustainable living, and lots of fun!

The CMAP Vision

 To facilitate a community that experiences food as whole and holy. 

The CMAP Mission

Grow and Share Food.

Respect and Honor our Ecology.

Live in Communion.

What We Do

The purpose of CMAP is to provide a place for people to experience food as a whole process, rooted in the ecological relationships of God’s creation. We see ourselves as stewards of this creation, therefore we demonstrate agricultural practices that soften our ecological footprint and honor the interconnected web that sustains our life.

  • home food production seminars
  • Spiritual Food Faith Food Exploring Engaging
  • Market sales of responsibly grown produce (vegetables, herbs, honey, mushrooms, eggs, and fresh cut flowers)
  • Provide produce to Keller Dining Hall
  • Summer Camp Farm Programing and Foodlife
  • Farm camp session
  • Volunteer opportunities (residential volunteer, commuting volunteer, working visitor, work day participant)
  • Food and Faith Leadership Residential Internships
  • Garden Corps. Service Member
  • Sustainability Internship/(Farm Programing Internship)

CMAP Summer Camp Activities
  • Bug Hunt: Find and identify insects in the garden. Discuss their role in the ecology of the garden (I.e. Pollinators, Pests, Beneficial insects)
  • Manage Mushroom Logs: care for shiitake logs and discuss the role of fungi and other decomposers in forest ecology and how thinning for mushroom logs is a good practice of forest stewardship.
  • Garden Bed Making: discuss the importance of thorough preparation.
  • Harvesting: when collecting eggs, pulling carrots, and picking tomatoes, we reflect on what it means to sustain ourselves by taking the life of another organism.
  • Food Processing: we teach campers how to can vegetables, and discuss the benefits of home food preservation.
  • Composting and microbiotic fertilizer: we teach composting methods that highlight the role of microbiotic life in soil/vegetable health.
  • Foodlife Work: every morning at Camp, one cabin of campers comes to the garden to do the work of “feeding our food before we feed ourselves.” This work is used to reflect on our place in the larger ecological web. The term Foodlife stems from the idea that food is essential to life and life is essential to food.
  • Weeding: pulling weeds can be good meditation and fun group work.

Agricultural Ethic

The way that we approach growing food at Camp Mitchell is centered on the idea coined by the Asian Rural Institute: Foodlife. We use this word to show that food cannot be created without life, and life cannot be sustained without food.

In honoring our ecology, we acknowledge the intricate relationships that allow food to grow in our garden. We do not use toxic chemicals for fertilizer, pest control, or weed control. To address these problems we employ creative use of new technology, waste products, and beneficial process that occur in nature. We use drip irrigation to conserve water usage. We collect used cardboard and yard waste to use as mulch. Our fertilization plan focusses on creating soil that is healthy with microbiotic decomposers. We do this through use of fermented fertilizers and compost.

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