About Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses C’ville is an outreach initiative rooted in the vibrant community of Trinity Episcopal Church. Since its inception in 2015, Bread & Roses has promoted food and ecological justice, while making a positive impact on the lives of those around us. 

Our ministry nurtures Trinity's bountiful gardens and landscape as a living testament to sustainability. As believers in the power of demonstration, we showcase practical solutions for a more environmentally conscious world. By embracing and implementing sustainable practices, we seek to inspire others to follow suit.

The name "Bread & Roses" carries deep historical significance, drawing inspiration from James Oppenheim's iconic poem, first published in 1911. The name communicates our belief that everyone deserves the essentials for sustenance—bread—alongside the beauty, joy and cultural fulfillment that roses represent. 

The Bread & Roses ministry addresses critical issues related to food justice, sustainability and community empowerment with a holistic approach. By leveraging the abundant resources available within Trinity Episcopal Church, including our gardens and commercial kitchen, we help to cultivate a more equitable, environmentally conscious food system in Charlottesville.

Our work is inspired by the Creation Care ministries of the national Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia. We believe that by harnessing the power of collaboration and collective action, we can transform our community and create a brighter future for all. We work in grateful partnership with:

Mission: Advancing justice for people and ecosystems through actions that center food and community.

Vision: Bread & Roses envisions communities where people and ecosystems thrive through inclusion, sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Values: Inclusion, Sustainability, Stewardship, Community, Justice and Joy

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