Chickens, Lumber, and Community Development


The Community Development Department is underway! Our newest branch of YWAM Yosemite is officially in motion, stepping toward transforming the base, as well as the nations.

Focused on the environment and resource stewardship, the Community Development Department aims to educate our students, the local community, and people overseas on the importance of sustainability, while providing hands on experience in skills that will help them utilize available materials to create yield.

Our vision is to create an entirely self-sustaining base, to get involved in local communities via farmers’ markets and outdoor education, to create discipleship opportunities through skill-building seminars, to take tools (such as aquaponics) to countries and villages that lack food and income sources, and so much more.

As a first step, we are raising chickens to move toward a self-sustaining base. As the chickens grow, we are building a chicken coop made entirely of lumber from our Sierra National Forest, milled by our staff. From the same lumber, we will construct raised beds for our spring garden. All sawdust, food scraps, and chicken waste is collected to create compost for growing organic crops, rich in nutrients from healthy top soils.

As we dream with God, the Community Development Department becomes more and more concrete, and we are all very excited to see these dreams come to fruition. Do you have a heart for the environment?  How do you feel about the importance of sustainability and stewardship of God’s creation?


be a part of what God is doing through our community development department.


Josh Anderson is on staff here at YWAM Yosemite, where he also did his DTS last year. Not only is he passionate about sustainability and community development, but he’s also a bearded outdoorsman and an avid rock climber.