Brother Curtis Almquist, from SSJE, writes:
All of us have a role in reclaiming Eden in this world. Whether we’re tilling the soil, sowing seeds, watering, weeding, feeding, beaming light, harvesting, sharing the bounty, we all have a distinct role in the little garden patch of our own life. It’s God’s garden, and we’re given a role for a blink in time to help steward the garden’s fecundity for all.
Last spring, St. David’s, Edmonton planted in our five raised garden boxes: potatoes, carrots and tomatoes.
After a very wet June and then some hot summer weather, we harvested a crop of beautiful little potatoes and lots of snack-sized carrots. (Two more garden boxes full of carrots need a bit more time in the sun.) For the harvesting, the adults were joined by some children (pictured) from the congregation who worked diligently to find every last potato! Their enthusiasm was inspiring.
A family walking by during the harvest stopped to look, and we were able to share about our church’s commitment to grow produce for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Their little girl took great delight in helping to find some potatoes before heading home.
The garden gave us an opportunity to connect with neighbours – as well as contribute to feeding the hungry through Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Submitted by the Rev. Dr. Renée Desjardins, rector