Niche crop: Founder of Franciscan Earth Literacy Center finding new growth as urban farmer

Balancing her Franciscan beliefs with her love of organic gardening and teaching, Sister Rita Wienken has found a unique niche at Toledo GROWs.

Formerly based in Tiffin at St. Francis, Sister Rita founded the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center in the mid-1990s and served as director until 2011.

Today, as an urban farmer, she is growing food for people in downtown Toledo while she trains the next generation to grow food.

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Herbs 101 Presentation – April 2016

The program Herbs 101 was presented by Linda Haas, a member of the Herb Study Group at Stratford Ecological  Center in Delaware, Ohio who also serves on the Board of Trustees at FELC. Participants learned how to identify, grow, process and cook with common herbs. Following the program, everyone was treated to a herbaceous lunch using the the simple recipes that were provided. 

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Franciscan Earth Literacy Center

St. Francis Campus Community is HAPPY!

 The St. Francis Campus really is a HAPPY place to work, live and visit!

Several of our employees, sisters and campus visitors took part in the filming of our “HAPPY” video.

If you liked the first one, then you will love the second one…it even has a brand new happy cast!

We hope that you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them!

HAPPY” Holidays from our family to yours!

The National Catholic Rural Network recently featured Sr. Shirley Shafranek …

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In line with their founder, Franciscans are known as the biggest proponents of Catholic ecology, but the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, take things to another level. They do this in simple, daily ways—for instance, by composting food, using energy efficient electronics and vehicles, and growing much of the produce they eat in their own gardens. But they also go to great lengths to educate others about the principles of Catholic ecology, its connection to the broader faith, and its critical importance today.

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Straw Bale House featured by the Catholic News Service

This month, Dennis Sadowski from the Catholic News Service came out to do a story on the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.  The story was posted on the Catholic Review and is available here.  You can also see the video below.

Watch Sister Jane Omlor explain the straw bale house, wind turbine and solar array in a recent interview with the Catholic News Service. If you are interested in visiting the house and getting a tour, please call Sr. Jane at 567.207.5393. Tours are also available without appointment on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.

Worm Bin 2014 Updated pictures

Worm Bin Project-part 3 137Click the links below to check the new Worm Bin pictures

May 2014 Worm Bin (slideshow)

Blessing of the Vermicompost, Worms & Plants (slideshow)

Worm Bin Project

This video shows one of FELC’s school science programs in action, with students getting to participate in hands-on learning.

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Click the links below to see the slideshow of this fun program:

November 2013 Worm Bin       February 2013 Worm Bin

FELC has a number of school programs which are available in our center or at any local school.  To learn more about this school program please visit the link to our school programs page.  This will give you the opportunity to view our programs for all grade levels and select one that would be best for your school.  All of our school programs align with state curriculum and are taught by an experienced teacher.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Spring Newsletter 2014

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