Our Thursday mornings are spent with our Burmese friends.
Our Thursday evenings are spent at the Food For All Community Garden.
The Food For All Community Garden is a non-profit collaboration between HOTEL INC and Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission. On just 1/2 an acre of land, the garden will provide both fresh produce for HOTEL INC’s food pantry as well as the produce for the Refugee CSA set up through the Community Farmers' Market. This garden is not only going to provide families in need with fresh, local produce, it has already provided us with knowledge of gardening as well as some new friends. There's something very special about working in the dirt with others.
On a chilly day in February, we started seeds.
In April, the garden was official with a ribbon cutting and a blessing ceremony.
All of the transplants and seeds were finally in the ground in early June.
Each Thursday, we spend our evenings as a family helping out with whatever needs to be done. We pick suckers off tomato plants and we pull lots and lots of weeds. But, we also have chats with other volunteers about our own gardens and about things going on in our lives.
It's a beautiful way to connect with others.
We also always stop to admire the sheep and cows that are in the field next to the garden.
We leave sweaty and filthy, but it makes for such a lovely evening.
(If you are a BG local and would like to help, you can find out how from the
Food For All Community Garden facebook page.
This garden is maintained by only volunteers and we need your help.)