Service Projects


Feeding the Homeless

 
 



Not everyone can afford to join a CSA. Our founder, Victor Vyasa Landa, desiring to bring healthy food to as many people as possible, initiated the Feeding the Homeless program in 2008 through the CSA’s sister organization, the Essene Church of Peace. The Kimberton CSA donates produce, and along with organic food donations from Essene Church members and volunteers and a local food coop, a home-cooked meal is served to about 150 homeless or hungry men, women, and children in DC’s Franklin Park. Volunteers are welcome to help prepare, serve, and clean up after the service. Alternative health services and clothing/book donations are also offered in the park. If you would like more information, please see www.theessenechurchorpeace.org. To find out about volunteering, please email: victor@theessenechurchofpeace.org


Teaching Impoverished Women to Grow their Own Food

 
 

The Women’s Self Reliance Program (WSRP) teaches impoverished women around the world to grow their own food using intensive gardening methods; nutrition information classes and home business skills are also taught. To date this program has been taken by invitation to Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bolivia, Venezuela, and US cities including Washington DC. To read a ten year report, and find out more about this program, which is run by the CSA’s sister non-profit, GCFP (Global Coalition for Peace) please visit the section Teaching Gardening for Self-Reliance and Food Sovereignty on the School of Life website: http://www.schooloflife.org/gardening/


Alternative Economic Model

 
 



Aparigraha: An Economic Paradigm for a Culture of Peace

Aparigraha is an alternative economic paradigm based on the spiritual principles of yoga philosophy. Its central aim is to help bring peace to the world by raising people’s consciousness and helping to meet the basic needs of all human beings, starting with truly nourishing food. Our self-serve store, communal life, WSRP, CSA, and Homeless Care programs are all practical manifestations of the Aparigraha vision. For more information on this project, please visit: http://www.schooloflife.org/service/