Community garden, May 2013
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“Our mistreatment of the natural world diminishes our own dignity and sacredness, not only because we are destroying resources that future generations of humans need, but because we are engaging in actions that contradict what it means to be human. Our tradition calls us to protect the life and dignity of the human person, and it is increasingly clear that this task cannot be separated from the care and defense of all of creation.” [USCCB, Renewing the Earth, 1991]
Spring 2013 garden/landscape workday
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In the summer of 2011, our Green Team began planning for a community garden here at Incarnation to make use of open space that we had in a way that would both care for the land and provide much-needed fresh, healthy produce for families experiencing food insecurity. We gathered help, cleared the area, and constructed eleven raised beds for growing spring, summer, and fall crops. Every summer since, we have had great crews of parishioners who help care for the garden, harvest the produce, and learn more about gardening. Please contact our Coordinator of Justice & Charity in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Janie Eckman (email@example.com) to offer time, talent, seeds, seedlings, or any other contribution to the garden.
Wooden plaques decorated by parishioners at our Earth Day Green Fest add inspiration to our garden
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The majority of the produce grown in the garden goes directly to families served by our Parish Food Ministry. Among the things we grow/have grown are all kinds of spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss chard, carrots, beans, peas, garlic, squash, watermelon, peppers, hot peppers, basil, cilantro, arugula, turnips, and more.
One of our Spanish garden sign (alongside one in English)
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We want our garden to be a place where our whole community feels welcome and can learn! Please check out the garden–feel free to come inside and explore! Feel free to pick one of the vegetables and give it a try. Bring kids into the garden too so that they can learn more about where their food comes from and how we can take care of God’s gifts of creation. However, please do not walk on the beds, and be sure to shut the gate behind you.
The garden in the peak of the 2012 season
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Construction of the garden beds with our forewoman, Dianne