LifeSpring Community Church-Jackson doesn’t look like a church as you drive by. There are churches along the main street in Ravenswood. None look like LifeSpring.
The reason LifeSpring doesn’t look like a church is simple — it was a farm store with a greenhouse behind it before it became a house of worship.
LifeSpring is taking the greenhouse and combining aquaculture and hydroponics — that’s why it’s known as aquaponics — to raise fish and vegetables. The harvested food will be distributed to the marginalized people in Jackson County, according to Lisa Simmons of LifeSpring, who initially researched the project more than two years ago.
“It is a unique ministry to feed people, to reach out to them,” Simmons said. “It’s going to start small, and we have the room to start expanding once we get settled. We should be able to make the first distribution six-seven months after we finish construction.”
JD Scritchfield of LifeSpring, who is assisting Simmons with the project and overseeing the construction portion, said the science is pretty simple…