We talk a lot about The “Crazy” Chile Farm at The Church of the Transfiguration. And for good reason. On the surface, it might look like a fun church gardening activity. But dig a little deeper (sorry, we couldn’t resist), and you’ll find a ministry marked by joy, creativity, transformation, mutuality, intersectionality, community, hospitality, and importantly, the intentional honoring of the original custodians of this land. We grow elite chiles and other vegetables for the sole purpose of outreach funding. We dry and grind the chiles to sell chile powder, and we grow corn and squash for several Arizona native American tribes which lost their ability to grow certain foods when the local river was diverted years ago. These groups can now grow their own crops from the seeds provided by the Chile Farm. Folks from both Transfiguration and the local community are very active in keeping this effort viable. This 2020 article in Episcopal News Service is an excellent introduction to the “Crazy” Chile Farm. But to really “get it,” you’ll need to see for yourself. Questions? Contact Bill Robinson, Farm Manager.