Project Eden began in 2013 in Noblesville, Indiana with a mission to re-connect people with the creation and to restore broken ecosystems. People have become disconnected from nature and the land for many reasons. These include intensive urbanization, increased usage of communication technology, as well as humans’ greed and carelessness. Because of these factors, the creation has become degraded and well-functioning ecosystems are being destroyed. Species are becoming extinct and the quality of our lives is diminishing. Life as we know it faces a tentative future.
We help people engage with, understand, appreciate, and steward the creation, thus enhancing their worship of God and the quality of theirs and others’ lives. We view this as part of the process of helping people become faithful followers of Christ.
We restore broken ecosystems, including decayed land, water, and air across the world. In central Indiana we re-establish hardwood forests, tallgrass prairies, and freshwater systems, including ponds, marshes, swales, and rivers. As we do this we help address other issues of injustice. These include hunger and health issues due to pollution and other environmental harm, and intergenerational injustice due to climate change.
As a means to fulfill our mission we educate people about the reasons to care for the creation. We equip people with appropriate, practical ways to relate to God’s creation in central Indiana and across the world. These practical ways include sustainable vegetable gardening and fruit orchards; the careful use of energy, water, and other natural resources; and ecological restoration. Much of our education pedagogy is experiential.
Project Eden concentrates much of our efforts on developing vegetable gardens and engaging many people to become responsible for tending a garden plot. Gardening is an excellent way to re-connect with the creation on a regular basis, and to build community. Moreover, the process helps restore degraded soil, and provides fresh, healthy for the gardeners and for those in need.
We do this mission in the world out of our love for God and His creation, and out of our commitment to be a part of God’s mission to bring healing to our broken world and to help usher in the fullness of His kingdom on earth.
Project Eden is a partner of Grace Church of Noblesville, Indiana, but is a separate organization incorporated by the state of Indiana. We are in the process of attaining 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the IRS.