On April 30th, under beautiful sunny skies, the volunteers of the Community Garden gathered together to plant the summer vegetables in the two beds in front of LaVerna center on the St. Francis of Assisi campus. Already they have harvested several times the spring crops and donated to Interfaith Food Shuttle and Our Lady of Rosary Outreach. With tomatoes, basil, squash, beans, and many other crops, this looks to be a very productive garden.
One of our local Girl Scouts troops led by parishioner Lisa Curran continues to be of service to this project in planting herbs and flowers around the land and painting ceramic garden plates that identify the plants.
Later that morning, Fr. Mark Reamer, OFM led a prayer service and ground blessing of the community garden. During the service, everyone participated in a reading from Genesis of the creation story and in a ritual soil sprinkling with prayers of fertility for the garden. The morning ended with a celebratory potluck.