Urban Community Garden at Holy Family Cathedral School
For as the earth brings forth its plants, And as a garden makes its growth spring up, So will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations. Isaiah 61:11
The school year is well underway and we are rounding the corner into the fall season. The urban garden at Holy Family Academy of Arts and Sciences has been a part of our school community and students’ day to day curriculum for five years now.
As seasons change, so does the purpose and population of our garden. This being the year of the Domestic Church, we have made it a part of our mission for our garden to reach beyond our schoolyard gates. It is our desire to have our garden play a key role in bringing families together from both our school and Church communities.
For our fall garden, we have planted carrots, peas, onions, lettuce, spinach, kale, cauliflower and a variety of herbs. Our students have worked together to turn the soil, sow the seeds, and share in caring for our seedlings as they continue to grow.
As our garden grows, so do our dreams for all that this urban garden can be: a place where students can learn and practice concepts from botany to ecology, geometry to engineering, geography to world history, as well as humanities, literature and the arts.
Build houses to dwell in; plant gardens and eat their fruits. Jeremiah 29:5
Farming and gardening alike have played critical, life-sustaining roles in the history of humanity.
Every aspect of a garden from: building the beds, preparing the soil, measuring and spacing of rows and seeds, having knowledge of and researching regional climates (temperature and precipitation), timing of transplanting seedlings to ground, observing and measuring growth of produce, and knowing when to harvest are all significant and strategic tasks where if one fails, the others cannot succeed.
With a community to share in the task load, the likelihood of success is that much greater; the fruits of our labor can only increase and continue to grow.
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life (koinonia), to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. Acts 2:42
Coming together, in fellowship, as a community is our calling. Koinonia is a special kind of fellowship, a participation and Christ is what connects us.
To celebrate the continued growth of our urban garden, we would like to invite all families of our school and Church community to a fall harvest dinner, Koinonia, that will take part at our November “Saturday Night Life” on November 10, 2018. Our pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first graders will perform Stone Soup and we will share in a meal of soup and salad where the fruits of our garden will be featured. There will also be a silent auction with pieces of garden-inspired student artwork, small potted herb plants for sale, and we will also have order forms available for our Holy Family Recipe Book.
All proceeds from the event will contribute to funding our winter, spring, and summer harvests, as well as our anticipated participation and presence at local farmers markets this coming spring so that we may share the fruits of our garden with a wider community. Please consider participating, joining in Koinonia, at this event with us.