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A.R.K. Seed has a new Home!

Posted on: September 26th, 2012

Abba’s House A.R.K. heirloom seed business has a new place to call home. We are in the end phase of constructing a 900 square foot garage building that will house the seed business. This area will be used to bring the seed directly from the garden harvest, the seed will then be dried, weighed, counted, bagged and packaged for sale. This is an awesome answer to prayer! The residents are involved and learning every aspect of seed harvest. You can check out  the A.R.K. Seed website for information.

Land ‘O’ Goshen

Posted on: September 26th, 2012

Our barn and farm animal area is aptly named Goshen from a scripture in Genesis.“You shall dwell in the land of Goshen and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds and all that you have.”  Genesis 45:10 We currently have 10 sheep and almost 200 chickens. We have recently added 4 goats, three of them are currently milking-what a lot of fun they are! They have great personalities and the equation of  3 Goats + Milk now = Cheese! Our girls house is milking the goats, pasteurizing it and learning to make fresh goat cream cheese! There is nothing better tasting on a fresh bagel than this cheese!

Age Old Fermentation

Posted on: September 18th, 2012

We are always learning old ways of doing things at Abba’s House. Fermentation has been around for many, many years. Our grandparents and great grandparents only knew of fermentation as a way to preserve fresh garden produce to eat over the long cold winter. We have learned how to do this age old tradition right along side with the residents this summer. These are some of the best pickles you will ever taste!  We pick the cukes, dill, fresh garlic, green tomatoes and fresh grape leaves right out of our gardens, load it all into jars with a brine solution and allow it to sit out for about 4 days and put it into a cool place to enjoy later.

Continuing Education

Posted on: September 18th, 2012

We built a 24 x 40 moveable hoop house early this spring that we have used to grow heirloom tomatoes in all summer. The harvest has been bountiful! All of our residents helped to construct the hoop house and they are in the midst of building a second one that will be erected tomorrow. They are not only learning the construction aspects but are also growing in their understanding of how the hoop house is used to grow heirloom vegetables not only for food but also for harvest of seed. We have had an abundance of seed that we’ve grown for the Abba’s House A.R.K. seed business. Both the hoop house and outside gardens have provided a revenue stream by selling at local farm markets which has helped to raise scholarship money to bring more kids and families in need.

 

RAIN 2012 July 20 & 21

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

You don’t want to miss this years RAIN conference, which takes place July 20 & 21st at Traverse CIty Christian High School. There will be times of incredible worship led by Cory Asbury and team, speakers like Corey Russell, Graeme & Sabrina Walsh, Rick Warzywak, healing rooms and new this year is a Children’s Equipping Track.  The conference begins Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7pm.

Visit their website www.gthop.com for more information and to register for the conference as well as the children’s equipping tracks.

 

4th of July Festivities

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

Our residents and staff decided to celebrate the 4th of July with the theme of “Dependence on God”. The ministry vehicles (including our old Ford F150 wood truck) got all decked out in red, white and blue! We had a parade around the property with our own Connie Costa as the parade marshall leading the parade. Great fun was had by all, the various entry’s had scriptures, decorations and music focused on our dependence on God. The residents, staff and staff children all participated and we followed with eating breakfast together in our new play area.

To Market…To Market!

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

We have had a great opportunity this year to take part in the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in Traverse City. It has been awesome to be out and about each Saturday connecting with other farmers, meeting new friends and connecting with old friends. Friday’s on campus begin our preparations for the Saturday market, we gather lots of goodies from the gardens and package them up for sale. We have been heading down there at 6am the last few weeks with garden fresh kale, head and leaf lettuces, spinach and peas.

Our tomatoes are now ripening and we should have loads of heirloom tomatoes for sale really soon. All of our vegetables are heirloom which boost great flavor! The posted picture is of some of our garden team cleaning veggies in preparation for last Saturday’s sale. Stop by and see us on Saturday mornings but stop by early our items go fast!!

God is our Strength

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

The girls house returned recently from a camping trip at Platte River Campground. Our theme was God is our strength, which was woven throughout the week in examples of peoples lives in the Bible that needed God’s strength. Each of the girls prepared and led either a morning or evening devotional out of the Word on situations where God’s strength was needed to either accomplish what He called them to or to persevere under difficult circumstances. The girls did an awesome job of gaining insight and then being able to share that insight in tying into their lives! We as staff were so blessed!

They also  learned to work as a team throughout various activities, learning that sometimes God’s strength is given to us through people that He brings alongside of us. This process began as we arrived at the campground and set out to put up our tents. We not only survived but thrived in a week without electricity!

The Lord provided a mascot for the girls house, Earnest Montgomery, who is a fairly large yellow rubber duck! Earnest was introduced to the girls on day one an was a real trooper as he camped, sat around the fire, played in the water and floated down in the river with us. One girl each day was responsible for Ernest’s care and “feeding”, he is a great new little guy who’s presence brought unity to our team!

 

Libby the Llama

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

Last week the Lord connected us with “Renee” who has been raising Llama’s for many years. Two of our staff visited her farm in Maple City and fell in love with “Libby” who came to be part of our family last Tuesday. Libby is a 4 year old llama who joins us to be a guardian for our sheep herd as they graze in the back pasture. She will spend her day’s protecting her herd and will alert us to approaching dangers. As a side job she also grows fiber which we will be shearing to make into roving to knit with. Renee and her daughter Brittany brought Libby to us as our entire campus stopped for her arrival. She is a majestic animal, all the residents are in love with her already. Renee also brought her spinning wheel and showed our students an age old tradition of spinning yarn.

Our New Hoophouse!

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

All of our residents had a hand in building our hoophouse. It was an awesome thing to watch our kids be part of making the jigs to form the wood that they cut and glued into the bows that support the plastic. They worked alongside of our staff learning this incredible lost woodworking craft. After completing the structure the double digging of the soil began followed by transplanting over 200 heirloom tomato plants that our residents helped start in our year round greenhouse. We look forward to the bountiful harvest!