Micah Mandate

The Magazine of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Refugees find hope at urban farm camps

Posted by admin April - 30 - 2016 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

by Rebekah Warren

For refugee children, fleeing from war and destruction, Trevecca’s urban farm camp can bring the comfort of home.
“Many of the refugees come from agricultural backgrounds,” said Karen Shaw, coordinator for the urban farm. “They come with skills they can use to make ends meet, and that’s the connection we want to make.”
During May and June, high school and middle school students living in the Nashville area will have the opportunity to learn how to care for farm animals, build a garden and learn about healthy cooking and eating.

The goal is that the kids attending the camps will develop a basic understanding of the importance of environmental justice for their local communities as well as the world.
“We want to educate and equip the broader global community,” said Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.
This involves understanding the way the health of the environment is directly correlated to the health of entire populations and the potential of humans to alter the course of environmental destruction and injustice.
“We are hoping children will make the connection between the food they grow and equity for people,” said Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator.
In addition to the opportunity to use the skills they already have, refugee kids find the program to be healing, helping them recover from the trauma of leaving war-torn regions.
“They have all experienced displacement,” said Adkins.” We are convinced that the emotional and mental health of children is improved by being in the created world…it can be therapeutic.”

10433145_523809674411910_8622517814320953874_n Shaw recalled the students from last summer who brought growing practices with them from their home countries, many of which were in the Middle East and Africa. They were often able to share the knowledge they had grown up practicing.
“Jason always asks, ‘how do you do this where you’re from?’ ” said Shaw. “We want refugees, especially those that come from agricultural backgrounds because we can learn from them.”
To learn more about the farm camps and register online, visit trevecca.edu/urbanfarm

By Abigail Duren

Nicole Bromley was 14-years-old the first time she shared her story of being sexually abused.  She hasn’t stopped since.

The founder of One Voice Enterprises, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, told her story to Trevecca students in chapel on Tuesday.

Growing up in small town Ohio, Bromley was the poster child of their community. She played sports, attended school, and came from what seemed the picture perfect family. But what was going on behind closed doors led Bromley to live a life of secrets.

“No one would have ever guessed that the smile I wore was masking shame and confusion,” said Bromley.
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Barnaroo at the farm

Posted by admin April - 20 - 2016 - Wednesday ADD COMMENTS

Square Dancing is coming to Trevecca this Saturday. The Urban Farm is hosting Barnaroo, an event for the local community to come together and spend time at the farm.
“It’s a celebration of urban farm life, to experience the farm and have a lot of fun,” said Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator.
The event will feature square dancing lessons with a professional caller who announces and leads the dances.


Two of the urban farm’s goats

For some students, the event will be an opportunity to step out of their comfort zones. Tabitha Sookdeo, a Junior, is excited to try out something new.
“ I have never line danced before primarily because I’m from South America,” said Sookdeo. “I’m excited for the caller and the band.”
In addition to dancing, the event will feature a petting zoo. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the farm’s goats and baby chicks. There will be fire pits and smores, and a variety of food and drinks.
“We did this last year and a ton of people came,” said Amber Donat, a student worker at the farm. “This year, we’re hoping to make it even more exciting so it will be a memorable experience for everyone who comes.”

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A shot from last years barn dance

Barnaroo will take place from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and will be held at the barn on campus. General admission is $10.  Students pay $5 and kids under 12 are free.

Spring Break Civil Rights/ Southern Music Tour

Posted by admin April - 6 - 2016 - Wednesday ADD COMMENTS

On a Friday afternoon in Alabama, Julie Gant stood where Martin Luther King Jr. had heard the voice of God.
“ I was impacted by just being where he was,” said Gant. “We stood where he stood and talked where he talked to people. We were in his home, everywhere that revolved around him and his legacy.”

During spring break, Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life, and Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice travelled with 12 students through Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, experiencing the civil rights and musical history of the south.
Spraker developed the idea for the trip after an important member of the civil rights movement came to Trevecca. Read the rest of this entry »

Trevecca senior gives author talk on new book

Posted by admin February - 1 - 2016 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

By Abigail Duren

A Trevecca senior who got a book deal after wearing the same dress for a year to raise money to fight human trafficking spoke to students about her experience.

At an author talk, co-sponsored by the Trevecca Center for Social Justice and Waggoner Library, Bethany Winz shared what inspired her to start the project and what’s she’s leanred since.

“I went into the year thinking I was going to do something big for God,” said Winz. “My goal was to raise $100,000 to assist in the fight against modern day slavery. My blog and my dress were going to change the world.” Read the rest of this entry »

Trevecca’s Urban Farm Barn Dance a success

Posted by admin April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

By Griffin Dunn

More than 100 people attended the first annual Trevecca Urban Farm Barn Dance this weekend.

The dance was the first fundraiser held in the new barn on campus. The $5 entry fee was used to raise funds for future farm projects, said Jason Adkins, farm manager.

This video was originally posted on the website for the TrevEchoes, the student-run newspaper of Trevecca Nazarene University.

Alumni practices his faith at Trevecca Urban Farm

Posted by admin April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS
Carlson Grae holding Rosa, one of Trevecca’s baby goats.

Carlson Grae holding Rosa, one of Trevecca’s baby goats.

By Montgomery Sparrow

Carlson Grae is finding the Trevecca Urban Farm to be a great place to practice his faith while he’s earning his master’s degree in religion.

Grae, the part-time farm hand, joined the staff last fall.

He provides assistance to Jason Adkins, Trevecca’s environmental projects coordinator, with general activity on Trevecca’s Urban Farm and who also is a creative force to create programs to enlist more volunteers.

“I don’t know how I would run the farm without him. He is a creative thinker, a heavy lifter, and a hard worker.” Adkins said. “To be a farmer, you have to be a total person, and Carlson is one of those total people that you hope to come along.” Read the rest of this entry »

Trevecca Urban Farm sells

Posted by admin April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

By Montgomery Sparrow

Local hand-made farm products are becoming increasingly available from the Trevecca Urban Farm.

The farm, mostly used as a lab for teaching environmental justice and farming practices, is making and selling more products thanks to a new part-time farmhand. Read the rest of this entry »

Students work to aid in global water crisis

Posted by admin April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

By Christy Ulmet

Last fall, five Trevecca students were given the task of creating a clean water project idea. The team, led by Stephens Hiland, senior communication studies major, prepared a model for a fundraiser, which will support Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ Global Clean Water Fund.

Every Nazarene university and college was able to submit an entry for the project, but Trevecca’s group ended up winning, which gave them the funding needed for the school’s idea, which they titled “Drop by Drop.” Read the rest of this entry »

Trevecca’s Urban Farm needs volunteers

Posted by admin March - 19 - 2015 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

By Montgomery P. Sparrow

Trevecca students, regardless of major, can volunteer on the Urban Farm.
The Trevecca Urban Farm, which includes gardens, animals, fruit trees and aquaponics, is in need of a few good volunteers. This month the farm is starting a new program called Meet and Greet. Every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. students can feed goats and chickens and pigs by hand and help socialize the animals.


There are also other volunteer opportunities and jobs available to interested students. Read the rest of this entry »