Holy Names University participated this past weekend, February 7th, in the Canticle Farm work party. We arrived at 10:30 and after a brief circle and some necessary stretching, we went to work, hauling debris, turning compost, planting seeds, building new vegetable beds, and preparing a delicious meal which included lettuce, prickly pears and carrots, straight from the garden.
It was a magical time, deeply fulfilling. And the rain was so kind to take a break just long enough for us to commune with the earth outside. What a gift Mother Earth gave us--fresh air, luscious green, deep earthy aromas. And what a gift Anne, Bernadette, Pancho, Nick, Sam, Raquel, Adelaija gave us, sharing with us their values of love, generosity, connection, living the dream of peace, service, simple living, compassion and building of community through meaningful relationships, with each other and the earth.
And, when we finished eating lunch and were heading back to campus, the heavens released buckets of rain. We were safely inside the van!
Maribel and Mayra share their reflections:
Being able to spend a morning at Canticle Farm was an amazing experience. Not only was the weather perfect for gardening, but the people there are incredible. I got to learn more about their community work and how the garden is the life of it all. They were so open to us and have taught us to truly value our Earth, the soil beneath our feet, the work of compost, among many other things. I definitely had a great time there, from our morning group stretch, to working in the garden, eating lunch as a community and getting to know them on a deeper level. I hope to return soon to the farm and check out what is new in the garden. - Maribel Gutierrez
My visit to the Canticle Farm was more than I had expected. We were warmly greeted by the amazing people that make it possible for us to continue to appreciate the hard labor that produces organic fruits and vegetables. A friend and I helped by fixing up the containers of compost. It was a wonderful learning experience given that I had not done gardening in a very long time. This experienced helped me to appreciate my health and have better healthy eating habits. As we were approaching near the end, we were treated with such an amazing and delicious plate of food that was grown in the Canticle Farm. I would like to appreciate the people of the Canticle Farm for opening their doors to us.