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Growing Lettuce and Community

May 6, 2010

By Sister Carolyn B.

When the spring weather comes do you ever get inspired to go outside and plant something?  Several of the sisters who live on our block are doing just that as we create a community garden.

Let me explain about the street where we live.  There are twenty-seven sisters living in six houses on one block of Grandview Avenue in Cincinnati, OH.  We have been gathering informally at one of the houses for dessert, prayer, conversation, and celebration every other Friday during the winter.

In early spring Sister Judy asked some of the young men from her high school to plow up a small plot on our property.  They arrived with a tiller on a cold rainy evening and went right to work on the soggy ground.  We have had a great time deciding what to plant first and where to plant it.  Some of us do the hard work of planting and weeding.  Others of us just come and watch the produce grow.  We often find ourselves sitting and relaxing on the patio near the garden at the end of the day.

It is amazing to see how such small seeds grow to produce delicious fresh food.  Right now we have some lettuce and onions coming up and the basil seems to have survived the frosty mornings that we had last week.  We even have parsley which we put on the potato salad today.

This evening we are going to plant a few flowers, tomatoes, peppers, and squash.  We are looking forward to having some juicy tomatoes later this summer.  And of course, we expect to have plenty of zucchini.

Working together on this garden is a great way for us to build community as well as have fresh vegetables on our table.  What ways do you build community?

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