Thursday St. David’s Community Raised Vegetable Beds were prepared and planted with the help of many hands and hearts. What started out to be a little chaotic, ended very satisfying by the Grace of God. Orillia Community Foundation generously donated $3,211.00 to our project. Thank-you Rob Beadle (grant-seeker) for your hard work obtaining this grant. We will be looking further into a grant provided by the Eastern Synod Mission Fund.
Thank-you to Rick & Nancy Bates, Roy Brown, Ken Duffy, Bill Palmer, Ron Hadley, Tim Lovering and Jim Taylor for their time and strength and talent filling our planters to ready them for planting. Thank-you also goes out to Louisa Jensen, Janet Doolittle, Shirley Johnson and Nancy McKelvey for the planting and watering of the veggies and flowers. Their expertise was welcoming. Also, would like to make mention and give Thanks for Lori Forsyth and Lynn Phillips (Jean’s daughters), for planting and caring for our flower beds both at the front and the back of the church. Good Job.
Pastor Lori has blessed the gardens as well as a new cherry tree donated by a special friend of Barry McKelvey in his memory. We were blessed to have our Ryan Oliver’s daughter Reece join the blessing.
To cultivate a garden is to walk with God, to go hand in hand with nature in some of her most beautiful processes, to learn something of her choicest secrets, and to have a more intelligent interest awakened in the beautiful order of her works elsewhere. Nothing brings your neighbours closer than a community garden. To grow delicious vegetables and ever appeasing beautiful flowers gives you a sense of wonder. To grow plants is to give life. It keeps us busy with purpose, shows you how to care, be gentle and wait. It reminds you to be one with earth, to give back what you take. It is an amazing feeling of accomplishment.