Job Opening Garden—Education Program Internship

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) is an environmental education facility offering models of sustainability to the general public, featuring a “strawbale” house, solar array, wind turbine, innovative and impactful environmental programs for youth and adults, over 11 acres for farming, agricultural initiatives and outdoor activities, including a greenhouse, free range chickens, hoop houses, chemical free herb and vegetable gardens, woodlands and wetland area.
The internship will be a hands on experience in which the intern will be exposed to all facets of the operation of the FELC. The internship supports the FELC mission and its guiding principles, and promotes a positive, healthy environment for all FELC guests and staff.

HOW TO APPLY: Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Jeanine Alvarado, Director of Human Resources

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2017 Annual Report


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2017 Fall/Winter Magazine

2017 Summer Magazine 


FELC Welcomes Katie Clark

Katie Clark, joined Franciscan Earth Literacy Center team as administrator on February 19, 2018.  Katie is a  native of Northern Ohio and is a Tiffin resident. She has great interest in natural resources and a background in habitat conservation. She brings a multitude of professional relationships with a variety of organizations within Seneca County.  Katie joins FELC with a sincere desire to serve, not only the community but our environment as well.  Katie has a Master’s degree in Human Services/Non-Profit Management and looks forward to engaging those around her in the growth of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.  In her spare time she enjoys reading educational books, taking her 2 year old daughter to the park,  and playing board games with her husband and friends. Please feel free to contact Katie with any ideas you may have for the future of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.

Community Earth Day Event

Upcoming Event

Community Gardens

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Science Camp for Teachers

2018 Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala

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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Toledo Botanical Garden/Toledo GROWS, of Toledo, Ohio 

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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