This week's harvest - a mix of radishes, greens, beets, cucumbers and potatoes - is going to my friends at Western Park Apartments. Tree and I are pruning the little orchard we planted there this morning, which will be a joy. This harvest reminds me that new radishes and beets out of the ground really define the range of the color red!
I returned from vacation to find wonderful new treasures in the gardens, thanks to gardening partners Kris and Betsy who kept watering and tending in both garden sites. New entries - radishes, the first cucumbers, and potatoes! Also lovely lavender......It's summer for sure, even in San Francisco!
We have SO much mint at the St. Mark's garden - we call it our "mint mound" and it includes chocolate mint --- yumm......And the greens at Little Red Hen just keep coming. A few poppies are still around as well. Beauty from the garden on a pretty Pride Saturday....
When I was at Little Red Hen garden on Saturday, one of my generous fellow gardeners invited me to harvest as much of his beautiful Chard as I might be able to use. I give away everything that I grow at the garden, so I readily took him up on his kind offer. I brought the chard to the Free Farm Stand in the Mission. So today I offer gratitude and thanks for my gardening friends, for generosity, and for deep green chard!
In the midst of such dismaying news about our administration's participation in the Paris Climate agreement, I've been trying to make an intentional practice of appreciating creation every day. There have been such amazing greens in the St. Aidan's and Little Red Hen gardens, that I wanted to share the latest photos. These greens went to the Diamond Diner's senior lunch on Wednesday, and to Western Park Apartments (a senior housing complex on Laguna) yesterday. With love for our world.....
This is a belated post from last Saturday, when I had the joy of spending NEARLY A WHOLE SATURDAY in the gardens. First, St. Mark’s Lutheran with amazing favas and the joy of one of Kris’ signature labyrinths…..then at Little Red Hen and St. Aidan’s with a great harvest of delicate greens and planting of more greens, plus carrot, radish and beet seeds. Oh, and a few cucumbers and eggplants. Summer!
This is a belated post about a beautiful Saturday. My friends Rebecca and Chris asked me about helping with a gardening day for Braid mission (Braidmission.org - check it out) - their amazing ministry with foster youth in San Francisco. We did the gardening day on Earth Day, which was great - and we planted succulents. I talked with the youth about the fact that succulents are hardy, resilient, unique and beautiful - (just like each of them is what I was thinking.) We planted and we found some veggies in the garden and then we shared lunch. It was - just to be plain about it - kind of magic. Photos and memories and blessings here....
I recently had the chance to learn about Farming Hope, a social enterprise that empowers homeless individuals through urban farming and cooking. Greens from the St. Aidan's and Little Red Hen Gardens went to Farming Hope a week ago, for use in the delicious sandwiches the group makes. This coming week our greens will go to Diamond Diners!
The other day after I parked the car, and was walking down my street toward home, I was struck by the beauty of creation all around me. I think we often take natural beauty for granted - at least I know I do. And maybe that happens particularly in a city. Noticing the beauty around me reminded me of my college days. My college campus was an amazingly lovely place and I tried, as an undergraduate, to be conscious of my surroundings as I walked to class each day. I tried to make it my practice to give thanks for my surroundings - the trees, the flowers, the grass, the water - each day. And so, when I noticed the beauty around me the other day I was brought back to my practice so long ago. And I thought I should try to bring it into my life again. To beauty, and creation, and memories....
Easter Sunday turned rainy but over the weekend I took a photo of some of the most brilliant flowers in the Little Red Hen garden. A small reminder of the beauty of God's creation and the promise of new life....Alleluia!
Deacon at St. Aidan's