Feed the Poor from Your Garden

"Feed the poor from your garden" by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB (CatholicMom.com)

Via Pixabay (2016), CC0 Public Domain

Our harvesting has slowed, but not ended. There is still a lot of produce on the vine and the fruit trees are loaded!

We can share our food with neighbors and friends, but how about adding shelters and food kitchens to your list of recipients? Learn about St. Fiacre and reverse tithing from your vegetable garden from an article I wrote for Catholic Digest.

You may be part of a community garden that shares food with your less fortunate neighbors. If not you can still serve the poor with your own garden. Do you remember the campaign “Plant a Row for the Hungry”? Back in 1995 the Garden Writers Association of America developed a campaign to encourage individuals to donate garden produce to local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry. The campaign is still ongoing, and the idea is still a good one! To learn more check their website.

Its not too late to share. Call agencies in your area, group homes, churches, and the 211 phone number for information about places that will accept fresh produce. Talk to your friends and farmers you know about gathering what remains to donate. Consider starting a group for next year to harvest throughout the growing season and not just at the end.

Imagine the delight of the disadvantaged person when tasting the fullness of fresh vegetables and fruits.

We can all make a difference in someone’s life, one tomato at a time!

Copyright 2017 Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB


About Author

Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB lives an eremitic life and is the author of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, 2nd Edition, and A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac. A freelance writer with a Benedictine spirituality, Margaret has a master’s degree in communications and is a Certified Greenhouse Grower, Advanced Master Gardener, liturgical garden consultant, and workshop/retreat leader.

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