Community garden gets a blessed beginning

April 14, 2010 by

A small group of eager and enthusiastic gardeners gathered under threatening skies Wednesday evening for the blessing of Concordia’s new Community Garden of Hope.




Father Jack Schlaf, the chaplain for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, led a simple ceremony at the edge of the new garden lot on the northeast corner of the Motherhouse property. On hand were a number of sisters and community members who have been instrumental in organizing the project, as well as a number of local residents who have signed up for garden plots. So far, about a dozen of the 26 plots have been spoken for.

Those interested in signing up for a 12-by-46-foot plot, or in more information about the garden, may call Cecelia Thrash or Sister Betty Suther at Manna House of Prayer, 243-4428.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia donated the space, as well as the expertise of their organic gardener, Steven Mitchell, for the project. Several sisters and staff members have joined with community members to create an organizing committee, which has established the guidelines for use of the garden. Planting is expected to begin later in April.

On Wednesday, Sister Marcia Allen, president of the Concordia congregation, claimed Plot No. 1, at the southwest corner of the tilled rectangle. “I want to be able to find it,” she explained with a laugh.

Plots will be marked with corner stakes, and there will be paths covered with wood chips to allow access to each one.

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  1. Loretta Jasper, csj on April 15th, 2010 5:47 am

    I truly hope to remain an active participant in the community organic garden by way of the eating the food and smelling the flowers. Is this one of the componants of being involved? 🙂 Hope so, since my being a regular weekender in Concordia would not ensure consistent tilling, weeding and watering of God’s vegetation. The plants would not care much for my non-care.

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