On August 31st, 2016, GloDev Inc. (the Relief and Development Arm of Go To Nations) purchased 120 acres on the corner of Garden Street and Messer Road in Northwest Jacksonville, which will be developed as Eden Gardens, a large scale community garden to help the poor in Jacksonville and to serve as a global model for transformation of poor communities.
After much prayer and consideration, on July 30th, 2016, the Go To Nations' Board of Directors unanimously approved the relocation of Go To Nations' Administrative offices to Eden Gardens, joining our sister organization, Glodev Inc. For quite some time, President Jerry Williamson has felt that a move was imminent to handle our current growth rate as we continue to build out the global ministry of Go To Nations.
The plan also involves a conference center to conduct training for Go To Nations' missionaries and national leaders and Glodev's global trainees in aquaponics and transformational community development work, as well as to host corporate events. A lodge will also be forthcoming to accomodate missionaries and leaders coming in for short-periods of time, along with a tiny house community for college interns and singles working at the farm, as well as RV pad hook-ups for individuals coming from around the USA to work and learn.
Read on to discover more of the special relationship between Go To Nations and Glodev and so much more of what lies ahead!
The five-year RELOCATION process includes the buildout of much more than our Go To Nations administrative offices alone.
Beautiful luscious gardens worked by the community, large greenhouses producing organic lettuces, herbs, tomatoes and tilapia, rows of flowing fruit and nut trees, a vineyard, multiple kinds of berry bushes and 40 beehives, all nestled around a 26 acre recreational lake where campers can be refreshed after a long days work at the farm. The end goal is to provide nutritional food for the poor for free or at a highly reduced price, to mobilize the church to reach the community and to network all of the wonderful non-profits in the community to those who need their services. Bulk produce will be sold for profit in a farmer's market and to local restaurants, increasing sales by supply and demand in order to provide ongoing income to maintain the non-profit Charity Enterprise. We believe this is the future of Eden Gardens.
Eden Gardens will provide a large scale community and commercial farm, networking with others to transform the condition of the poor in Jacksonville, FL, by mobilizing the community to be change agents. This will become a self-sustaining model for the U.S., to be replicated in communities that are passionate about addressing our country’s problem of 1 in 7 not having enough food to eat, and in many states 1 in 4 children. This model will also serve globally for missionaries and NGO’s to empower local communities in pooling their manpower, skills and resources to yield transformation. To learn more, visit edengardens.farm.
Situated on 120 acres, just 5 minutes NW of I-295 and US HWY 1, 9000 Garden Street is planned to be the future home of the Administrative offices for both Go To Nations and GloDev.