"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

Sharing the Bounty

By S. Georgia Kitt

“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” Robert Breault 

The above quote seems to hold true for those gardening at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse this year. Find here SC Communications Graphic Designer Michelle Bley’s shared summer experience so far.

With the availability of an open spot in the Sisters Motherhouse campus garden and an invitation and guidance from S. Pat Wittberg, Michelle Bley was ‘on board’ to manage her own plot. The added incentive of supporting and sharing in the mission of the Justice Circle on Poverty, Homelessness and Food Insecurity piqued her interest even more.

“I was extremely excited about the prospect of growing my own vegetables and sharing them with the poor and underserved,” Michelle said. “With S. Pat’s help I was able to prepare the soil and plant my vegetables.”

Surprises abound with teamwork and a sense of community! “I am amazed by how quickly things grow,” she continues. “I am impressed by the support and teamwork that goes into the care of the garden at the Motherhouse. When one of the gardeners isn’t around to water and care for the space, others take on the responsibility of watering. I take turns with two of the Sisters.”

The garden has rich soil and is producing abundant results. “It is so rewarding to eat the vegetables I grow and cared for with my own hands. I know that they don’t contain any pesticides and are much healthier and filled with more nutrients than store bought. I have learned that growing my own vegetables reduces carbon emissions, fosters a connection with nature and offers a respite from the stress of a busy day.” 

The bounty is already being shared. “I plan on eating the produce, sharing some with family and donating most to the St. Vincent Food Pantry,” Michelle explains. “I was able to send eight large cucumbers to the food pantry last week. This week I was able to share zucchini and several varieties of squash along with additional cucumbers. It puts a smile on my face knowing someone is enjoying fresh nutritious vegetables that I provided.”        


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