Prepared by Ann Marshall CSJ on behalf of the Federation Ecology Committee
Spring is a siren call for all creation to a renewed relationship with Mother Earth to bring forth new and abundant life. The die-hard gardeners among us are at the starting gate even before spring officially arrives. These nurturers of the soil and spirit tell us that gardening is gratifying, and simple tasks like pruning and weeding can relieve stress, improve mood, fill one with hope, and help develop emotional wellbeing. There is a sense of purpose and achievement in cultivating a garden, it is a vehicle for connecting with others, and spiritually it provides occasions to spend time outside communing with nature and breathing in the great outdoors.
Food for Thought is highlighting some Federation gardeners. The following is a “taste” to tempt you to our Federation website very soon, and we gather many more pictures from our wonderful gardeners. We’ll let you know when the website is updated.
An enthusiastic Sister Gwen Smith (Toronto) and volunteers at the community garden growing food for nutritious meals for the Mustard Seed Community.
My interest in gardening and growing up in the Netherlands certainly gave me that passion. I enjoy beautifying and caring for the earth and its flowers, plants, veggies, trees etc. to watch them grow produce, bloom and be used for others enjoyment. Lydia Smeets CSJ
Sister Jane Fischer, Pembroke, can hardly wait for the snow to be off the ground before she begins making plans for her precious plants – flowers and vegetables. Jane’s floral window boxes are primarily for the sisters who can’t walkout doors any more, but appreciate watching them grow and thrive in the summer. Her tomato plants are thriving in Pembroke sunshine.