Blessing of the crop at God's Little Acre
by Staff Reports
The crop has been blessed once more at God’s Little Acre.
God’s Little Acre is a garden project in Moreland sponsored by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance. Volunteers from throughout the community have helped with the project in various ways, and Community Welcome House residents have enjoyed eating some of the vegetables grown there during the last year.
This is the second year for God’s Little Acre, and the second annual Blessing of the Crop was held at the site on March 7. Tom Shoger, pastor of White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, gave the dedication prayer, and Daniel Ausbun, pastor of First Baptist Church of Moreland, led a responsive reading.
Moreland Mayor Josh Evans offered greetings on behalf of the town. Winston Skinner, MCAA chairman, and Carol Chancey, who oversees day-to-day operations of tourism projects for MCAA, both spoke. Linda Kirkpatrick, executive director of Community Welcome House, also made remarks.
Skinner, who is also assistant news editor at The Times-Herald, explained the garden has multiple purposes -- serving as part of MCAA’s depiction of life in an earlier time in Moreland. The garden also serves a practical purpose in providing needed food.
The program for the event featured a quote from Erskine Caldwell’s novel, “God’s Little Acre”: “My daddy told me there was gold on this land. ..”
Skinner said the gold was actually “in the land,” in “what grows in it -- how it feeds us and nourishes life.”
Chancey talked about Alan Rhinehart’s leadership in making the garden a reality and about the Welcome House volunteers “slogging it out in the summer heat.”
For some time, volunteers hauled water, but the town put in a well. “I appreciate the town’s involvement,” she said.
She also said there are plans to put four historic buildings on the tract. She said she hopes God’s Little Acre will become “a gathering place for the entire community for picnics and family reunions.”
There has been mention of a Bible study meeting at the site. The garden is “something that’s generating the interest and the participation of our local churches,” Chancey said.
She said God’s Little Acre has a lot to teach children – including “that not everything comes from Kroger in a nice convenient box.” The garden is “something everybody in this community and in the state will take pride in,” Chancey predicted. “Lots more creativity will grow from this humble plot.”
Kirkpatrick thanked MCAA for involving the women’s shelter in the project. She spoke of the pride the women had in the food gathered from the garden during the past year. “It was something they had had a part in,” she said.
“I’m excited and proud of our town,” Evans said. “We’re a little few, but we’ve got a lot going on.”
Moreland’s “roots go back to our being a farming community,” Evans said.
He praised God’s Little Acre. “Anything we can do to get the community involved is a good thing,” the mayor said.