Reflection: Our first Farm–to–Altar Table Harvest Day at The Bishop’s Ranch

Posted on August 11, 2015

We thank God for an abundant crop! On July 25, a lively crew of all ages gathered to learn how to hand harvest heirloom wheat, planted by hand with reverence and joy in March. The grain is called Sonora. Not only is it delicious, it's also the oldest heirloom wheat in the United States. The grain will be freshly stone milled in August and distributed to participating congregations in the form of flour for communion bread. We thank St. John’s, Ross; St. John’s, Oakland; and St. Ambrose, Foster City for becoming our first CSA members! There is enough grain to accommodate a few more partial share CSA congregations. Please visit our website’s “Join our CSA” page to join up. Lisa Thorpe made a few beautiful sheaves of wheat to be used in place of flowers on the altar (see photo below). 

For more information or to purchase sheaves, contact the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff at