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Why did St. Robert's start a farm?St. Robert's community and leadership has experienced a growing sense of call to more intentionally care for the environment, which Pope Francis refers to as "our common home." Catholic Social Teaching has been imploring all people of good will to come together to better steward the sacred gift of creation. A school farm would provide a context for our students, faculty, and broader community to learn about sustainable ways of living, make tangible our connection with the earth, and nurture greater ecological responsibility.How the farm came to be?Gina Anderson (our volunteer Farm Director), had previously served in the Christian Service Dept of Jesuit High School, where she organized an ecological theology and justice summit on campus. The speakers helped crystallize a sense of call to become more active in direct care of creation; a perfect match for St. Robert's aspirations!What has been done so far?Gina has provided some of the initial supplies and funding, and has coordinated an application for a grant from Raley's, which in turn provided $12,500 for a few large-ticket items. As of the first week of January 2018 the plumbing has been installed for drip irrigation.What's currently happening on the farm?The farm land is currently covered by a significant layer of weeds. The community is invited to continue donating large pieces of cardboard, which will suppress the weed growth, and ultimately break down into compost. In the front half of the farm, soil will be deposited on top of the cardboard, which will be devoted to the spring garden.How will the students get involved?
There are so many ways to get involved on the farm! First, we are looking forward to starting a composting program on campus. Therefore, as students scrape their food into the compost bin during lunch, they do not just learn about the importance of diverting food waste from landfills, but actively participate in nurturing the next crop at the school’s farm.Then students will be encouraged to learn as they help tend the fields through all stages of the crop cycle; from preparing the field, sifting the cafeteria compost, and sowing seeds, to pulling weeds and harvesting. As vegetables are picked for harvest, students are invited to reflect on the unique health benefits of each particular crop, along with the importance of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables more generally.
Want to learn more about the farm?
Please contact Gina Anderson, Volunteer Farm Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.