Recognizing the Agricultural and Rural Development Act (ARDA) Program as one of the most creative and imaginative programs yet developed for the improvement of rural life in Canada and that the basis for ARDA projects is firmly rooted in local participation and involvement:
This General Synod Commends the ARDA program to all rural clergy and parishes and urges them to involve themselves creatively in such local programs as a fitting channel for the exercise of Christian Service. CARRIED in both Houses.
"Jeremie Clyde has a passion for food -- for growing it in a way that is healthy for the people who eat it, for the planet and for a just sharing of God-given bounty". "When they were parishioners at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, the couple began a community garden. From their stall at the farmers' market, they had seen the potential of a space behind the church, which had a great southern exposure. With the parish's support, they designed some senior-friendly plots. 'Most of them had gardened all their lives, but they couldn't garden where they're living now, or couldn't garden unassisted', said Clyde". "Clyde has also given gardening workshops at various Calgary churches. He encourages people to treat gardening as a devotional activity, to look for revelations of God. He recently travelled to the Sorrento Centre in B.C. to make a presentation on sustainable agriculture at a food security conference organized by the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)". "Although the Clyde family still lives in Calgary, they farm 160 acres near Sundrie, Alta. Clyde said he has seen worrying signs of climate change on his farm -- such as weeds and insects expanding into new territory. ... Clyde invited Bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson of the diocese of Calgary to talk about the issue while helping harvest the organic rye. With the Rev. Mishka Lysack, an Anglican priest devoted to environmental issues, they decided to start building an ecumenical group focused both on the theology of creation care and current issues". "The Clydes donate about a tenth of their harvest -- several hundred pounds of fresh produce -- to the local food bank each year, and they have also had some low-income families help on the farm at times".