2019 Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala

Gala Flowers

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

  • Edenwood Veterinary Clinic – Harvest Sponsor
  • UIS Insurance and Investments – Harvest Sponsor
  • Aqua Ohio, Inc. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Beerco Distributing Co. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Fry Foods, Inc. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Hempy water of Tiffin, LLC – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • JDH Construction, LLC – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Karen Sue Wikoff – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Linda S. Ritzler, CPA, Inc. – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus, LLC – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Poet Biorefining- Fostoria – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Republic Wind – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Superior Energy Solutions – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Unew Tent Rental – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Heidelberg University – 25th Anniversary Sponsor
  • Tiffin University – 25th Anniversary

Science Days 2019-2020

Johnston finds her role ‘endlessly interesting’

In its 25th year of operating, the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center has a new director. Mimi Lange Johnston started her new role in early June. “The time has really gone quickly,” she said. “There’s so much to do. There’s so many different aspects to the job, but most of it is fun.” A Tiffin native, Johnston graduated from Calvert High School in 1981, and then studied music at Ashland College.

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FELC celebrating 25th anniversary

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1994, the center opened in one office with the goal of teaching people to have healthy relationships with nature and educating people about environmental sustainability.

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12th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala & 25th Anniversary of FELC

Climate Disruption Program

Global Climate Disruption

What Can We Do?
How Do We Know?

Climate change is a very intense topic which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. This presentation will give background information about the phenomenon and methods which have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized. We will then consider solutions to the problem. Participants will be able to share their views using personal response devices and to compare their replies to those of more than 5,000 members of previous audiences.

Dr. Andy Jorgensen
Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
School of Green Chemistry and Engineering
University of Toledo
Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment
andy.jorgensen@utoledo.edu 419.344.0768

If you missed the program on Global Climate Disruption with Dr. Andy Jorgenson, click on the link below to view the slides from his presentation and another set which has excerpts from a website which provides answers to questions from skeptics.

Link to PowerPoint: “Global Climate Disruption”

Link to PowerPoint: “Answers to Questions from Skeptics”

Latest Magazine

Summer Magazine 2019

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Previous Magazines:

2018 Annual Report 

2018 Fall/Winter Magazine

2018 Summer Magazine


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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