The Harvest; A Season of Giving; Generous Spirit
Meet the Ministries of St. Luke's
A series of stories and photos to highlight the generous spirit and compassionate energy alive in the community of St. Luke's.
Mary Andrade, Parish Facilitator, and daughter Chesna, pick up donated produce at Heirloom Harvest Farms
A handful of dedicated volunteers help bring
fresh produce to families in need.
Heirloom Harvest Farm is a 17-acre certified organic community farm located on a 30-acre parcel of land owned by St. Luke’s near our St. Luke's Cemetery. Farmer John Mitchell has been farming this land since 2004. The remaining 13 acres of land is reserved for wildlife and nesting birds.
The CSA has over 200 members. Heirloom Harvest is a community farm, in that it commits to integrate volunteers (who do not need to be members) into the work of farming, and donates a portion of the harvest to charity. Members of the farm are called shareholders, and usually receive from 8 to 16 vegetable items a week throughout the 22-week season. Produce donated by Heirloom Harvest also helps feed parish families who might not otherwise be able to afford fresh vegetables.
Our Outreach team saw a need and an opportunity, so they did what they always do—solved a problem and helped others with creativity and compassion. After Farmer John harvests fresh produce, volunteers arrive every Friday in the early morning hours to box up and deliver the vegetables to the Knights of Columbus. Here kitchen space is provided to support the project. Groups of volunteers arrive to clean, sort, package, and distribute the bags of produce to families.
The produce changes each week based on the growing season, and the families enjoy trying new foods and sharing recipes with one another. This is a small but very important ministry. We are all blessed to be part of a generous and powerful parish community of families who come together to
serve one another through love
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Expansion of St. Luke's
In addition to the Heirloom Harvest Farm, the popular St. Luke Organic Community Garden is excited to announce that they will be expanding! As reported in the Catholic Free Press, Mary Andrade, parish facilitator, said that there are more than 30 families who farm plots in the community garden now and, because more people have said they want to get involved, there are plans to add another dozen. The community garden is on parish land behind the parish cemetery off Hopkinton Road.
Those who farm the 20-by-15-foot plots plant vegetables and flowers for the most part. There is also a small grape arbor on one plot. Mrs. Andrade said people can grow pretty much what they want, except for trees.
Anne Flynn, a St. Luke’s parishioner, farms one of the plots. She said it isn’t the first time she had a garden but it is her first year farming a plot in the St. Luke garden. She said a man with a plot next to hers gave her a hand clearing her land. “He was a big help." She said she grows “a little bit of a lot of things.” That includes tomatoes, carrots, chard, basil, peppers and pea pods. Around the edges of the plot she planted a border of marigolds. Mrs. Flynn said she paid a $25 user fee, which covers use of the land, water from a centrally located pipe and faucet, a wheelbarrow full of organic compost and a bail of straw for mulch. She and her husband enjoy the fresh produce from her efforts. Mrs. Flynn also gives some to neighbors and the “pesky” chipmunks who invade her plot. “I grow enough for everyone,” she said.
Mrs. Andrade said those who use the garden must employ organic methods of farming. It keeps the environment healthy as well as providing healthy food for the families of growers. She said there also is a bit of an international atmosphere in the garden, because there are people from other countries who grow food that is not familiar to people here. There is is a spirit of cooperation; gardeners often help one another.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and our
Interfaith Thanksgiving Program for Westborough families
is requesting our help.
The number of families in
Westborough who are
in need of help is growing. This interfaith program benefits our entire community, and we are asking that you consider supporting this important ministry by helping us to provide Thanksgiving baskets to families in need.
Last year we received applications for 120 families. Each eligible family receives two bags of "fixings" as well as a $25 grocery card to purchase a turkey. While we are able to collect the food through our religious education programs, coming up with funds to buy grocery cards is difficult. ($25 x120=$3,000.)
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
** Contribute $25.00 gift cards from Stop and Shop or Roche Brothers.
** Make a donation to help defray the cost of grocery cards.
Gift cards and/or donations can be dropped off at:
St Luke's Parish Center
We thank you for any support that you have given this program in the past, and encourage you to continue to show your care and concern again this year.
Women of St. Luke's
Annual Harvest Kick-Off Dinner: Getting ready for a season of giving
This year we are asking for your support with donations for:
RISE ABOVE FOUNDATION
Rise Above Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities and experiences. We also provide donations of much needed items to help kids who, at age 18, "age out" of the foster system and leave with nothing, falling through the cracks in the system.
Rise Above Foundation
is dedicated to helping these kids!
To find out more about Rise Above or to donate directly, visit their website:
If you can help,
please bring any of the following items to the Parish Center:
Walmart, Target, iTunes, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Dominoes, Papa Gino's
Easy Mac, Ramen, Candy & Gum, Mini cereal boxes, Granola Bars, Microwave popcorn
Shipping supplies, laundry detergent pods, Ear buds, Toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, deodorant, etc.)
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